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Woolly Works really began decades ago when Edith combined her passion for yarn craft and love of teaching and began to offer lessons out at her little alpaca farm. She taught the craft of yarn itself - spinning and dyeing. She taught creating with yarn - knitting and crochet and tatting. If you were willing to make the trek to the farm, you could finally get those cables right, learn the best cast on for a collar, find out how to felt a homemade stuffed dragon.If you wanted to know how to be an accomplished machine knitter, Edith was the one to see.
In recent years, Edie decided it was time to open a store front in downtown Colorado Springs, saving us all the commute to the farm. Woolly works began a few blocks away and settled into our current location at 9 East Bijou Street, in 2014.
Woolly Works Knit Shop is nestled in a quaint area of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. You will always receive professional, warm and friendly service anytime you visit. Woolly Works Knit Shop offers a large selection of specialty and luxury yarns, notions, fiber arts supplies, patterns, books and classes for all your knitting, felting, tatting and crocheting needs. Our store is bright, our staff is here to help, and we look forward to seeing you!
At the age of five, I picked up knitting and crocheting by watching my mother and both of my grandmothers making beautiful pullovers and cardigans. Through the decades, I witnessed a dwindling appreciation for my trade as a Knitter, and I made a commitment to keep the knitting trade alive for future generations.
The idea of owning a knit shop was born in 1987 when I received my first knitting machine as a gift from my husband.
Although I was still an airman serving in the US Air Force, my dream did not die. After I retired from the military in 1998, I turned my dream into reality. A second knitting machine made the knit shop official – The Woolly Works Knit Shop was born.
But it did not end there. After seeing an advertisement in a local paper, I became intrigued by Alpacas and their luxurious fiber. The Woolly Works Farm now has five Alpacas nibbling in the pasture. I learned to process their fleece and teach others to do so. I have taught knitting, crochet, dyeing, machine knitting and all manner of yarn craft over these years.
A few years later I realized that I was not just a knitter; I was also a collector (hoarding) of many fine yarns. In ten lifetimes I could never use it all up. So, in 2001 the only thing for me to do was to open a retail store. I have moved to other locations since then with the current being the best of all carrying a vast variety of yarns and supplies-truly heaven for all needle artists.
I have been teaching knitting and crocheting since 1999. In 2010 I added custom dyed yarns by Edie to my repertoire. With the hand of the Lord guiding me, the Woolly Works Knit Shop will be a staple for many years to come.
My name is Jenn and I've been yarn-obsessed since I started making little tiny hats when I was pregnant. In the midst of that crazy nesting phase, I sewed and crocheted and I cooked and I taught myself to knit. I do still cook, but knitting became my passion. Did I mention this adventure began over twenty years ago? And I can still say I've got needles in my hands nearly every single day.
I used to think that there were plenty of beautiful yarns in the world, and then I was taken to a fiber festival where I encountered camel-silk fiber. Wow. Now I knit and I spin. In my journey, I've learned a bit about different fibers and weights and construction of yarn.
My favorite thing to knit is socks. People can always use socks, and they're so cozy. You will rarely find me without in-progress socks in my bag. I can make socks all kinds of different ways, but I prefer toe-up, one -sock-at-a-time on DPNs using self-striping yarn. Rest assured, I can assist with all the other ways of making socks as well. I had to try them each to come up with my favorite, right?
Before arriving in Colorado Springs, I'd lived primarily in Oklahoma, also briefly in Denver and Lake Forest, IL. I was an army brat, a nanny, and for many years, a librarian. I helped start the Payne County Knitters in Oklahoma - our first meeting was a gathering in a local park for World Wide Knit in Public Day. I think that may be one of my favorite holidays.
We came to Colorado Springs in 2014 and soon after I began working at Woolly Works. I think this is the best job in the whole world because I get to help people with projects, and I get to pick out yarns, and I get to be surrounded by fluffiness and colors. I'm here to help - hope to see you soon!
Hi, I'm Julie.
You don't see me around Woolly Works quite as often as Edie and Jenn. I'm a very busy mother, wife, and student, so I step in and help out when needed. I've been knitting for as long as I can remember and creating warm things for people I love brings me joy. I will answer questions and help you find the perfect yarn, the correct size needle or hook and that notion you were looking for if you come by when I'm working.
And I look forward to sharing the joy. See you soon!
Although you won't see them behind the register, we appreciate Caroline, Carolyn, Kathy, Rachael, and Gabrielle for all the behind-the-scenes things they do to help make Woolly Works great.
And our Bijou Fiberholics welcome you to sit down and create with us, anytime!
Bijou Fiberholics gather Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:00 - noon and Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:00. Drop in and join us - no reservations required and no charge