Needleworks by Holly Berry is a wonderfully friendly shop happily ensconced in Historic Old Colorado City on the west-side of Colorado Springs. Owner Holly says that “We strive to carry excellent quality yarns, needles, and tools that answer to the needs of enthusiastic knitters of all levels. We are most proud of the hundreds and hundreds of students that have proudly become highly proficient knitters in our wonderful classes over seventeen years in Old Colorado City. We are acutely aware that this new skill will bring enormous rewards over the years!”
Colorful Yarns is located near the Shops at Southglen, and owner Tiffany says that “we carry a huge variety of yarns, from inexpensive to luxury yarns. We also sell eggs, yes, everything from chicken to duck to turkey and goose, raised on Carmen’s hobby farm and brought in fresh weekly. Our favorite products are the small indie dyer yarns that we carry. From local to Irish to east and west coast, we love small dyers and farm yarns. What we enjoy most about owning a yarn shop-our customers, pure and simple!”
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!”
Wooden Spools‘ owner Vicki says the thing she loves the most about owning her shop is “the sense of community that comes with owning a yarn shop. From the group of gals that come to Tuesday night open knit every week – to our customers that we see so often – it feels like family! We get to share in our customer’s successes when they bring in their beautiful completed projects for show ‘n tell – and help them problem-solve along the way! Love the yarn, too 🙂” Check them out on South Broadway in Englewood while on the crawl!
On the Yarn Along the Rockies crawl you can find Gypsy Wools near highway 36 and Arapahoe in Boulder. Barb, the owner, says what makes her shop unique is that “We try to carry products that have an interesting story—not just a vague “it’s local” slant, but ones that have really rich sensory appeal in addition to the story, especially visual—I want a WOW! factor when customers walk in the door. So we have tried to build an eclectic, inviting mix (I hope!!) of carefully chosen books, patterns yarns and spinning fibers, We have worked to build an interesting, eclectic mix of needlework products—hand- and commercially dyed threads, hand-dyed and natural color linens, a wall of Waverly Wools needlepoint threads (LOCAL to us—they are Brown Sheep in SW Nebraska), and lots of interesting sampler charts and small projects from some of the best designers. Needlework has been much relegated to big box stores; we want to cultivate and support stitchers, because it is an important Craft Tradition in its own right, and there aren’t so many needlework stores these days. There were great ones when I was younger; I want to invite stitchers back into a Brick and Mortar needle-crafter space.”
No Yarn Along the Rockies crawl day would be complete without a visit to Blazing Star Ranch, located in downtown Englewood! Karen says “my shop is unique because of its farm to product focus. Alpaca fiber and yarn from my own herd are featured, as well as other local growers and indie dyers.”
Tea for You is today’s Yarn Along the Rockies featured shop!
What makes them Ewe-nique, as they like to say, is that they “have over 70 loose leaf blends to choose from, along with bagged teas, and tea ware. We have pots of tea available to enjoy/share while here knitting and/or crocheting, as well as having cups-to-go available. We have a fabulous front patio on which to enjoy fiber crafts and tea, as well as inside seating and a comfy couch. We offer something for all the senses. Soft, affordable, beautiful yarns, delicious baked goods and tea, hand made soaps and lotion bars, all in a great people-watching location in the Berkeley section of North West Denver.”
Today’s featured Yarn Along the Rockies shop is Fabric Bliss!
Located in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District, Aurora, the owner, says “Fabric Bliss is unique in the fact that we carry both fabric and yarn in a wide variety of price ranges. If you are just learning, and you don’t know if you love it, why spend a fortune? We carry all the good basics for you to learn on. But, once you are addicted, we also carry the creme de la creme of fabric and yarn so you can spoil yourself!”
Today’s featured Yarn Along the Rockies shop is Bags By CAB /Yarn Shoppe Studio!
Located in downtown Denver at 1635 Tremont St, Cassie, the owner, says her favorite part of owning a yarn shop is forming a “Relationship with customers, and meeting new customers from around the globe: London, Paris, Switzerland, Canada, the Islands, South America, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Kansas, and all over the United States!”