Gerri, owner of Knit Knack in Olde Town Arvada, is here to talk about her shop’s approach to community: “The best part of owning a yarn shop is the community that’s built around the crafts of knitting and crochet. Outside of being a full-service yarn shop, Knit Knack has held the idea of community in high priority since its inception in 2007. Our three big tables and deep, comfortable chairs welcome knitters and crocheters of all levels of ability to relax while they meet with friends and enjoy a coffee drink from our espresso bar. Crafters learn short cuts and simple fix-it basics from the friendly advice of others in an open-knitting/crochet group.
Teaching and learning are also social constructs, and the coming-together to learn and build skills in a knitting or crochet class is one of the best ways to meet people who share the same interests. Knit Knack has several knitting groups that were created simply by individuals being in a class together, enjoying each other, and committing to knowing each other on a deeper level. These and other knitting groups meet at Knit Knack on a weekly basis, filling the shop with the positive energy of laughter in a helpful and caring atmosphere.
Knitting and crochet are immensely social activities, allowing the crafter to visit, tell stories and relate to the stories of others who enjoy the process of creating something beautiful and functional. Knit Knack: Yarn Shop. Coffee Bar. Gathering Place. Knit happens—get in here!”