Since Yarns 2 Ewe closed its storefront on Shepherd last year, several smaller knitting shops have stepped in to fill the void. Our favorite is the cleverly named Knitting in the Loop (knitters will get it). Located in an off-the-beaten-path old house in River Oaks, this store is warm and welcoming from the moment you walk in. Most of the fibers carried here are high-quality or specialty yarns, so it's not the place to find a bargain, but beginners will feel comfortable with the patient and knowledgeable staff, especially since they offer classes almost every day of the week. The shop has also done community outreach with groups like The Houston Zoo and the Houston Area Women's Center. Stop by on Thursday nights for Sit & Knit to get a feel for the place.