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Yarn Shop Reviews

The Artist Within
190 Village Dr C-5
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Reviewed by Rose Chacon

If you are traveling through or live in Colorado, I recommend that you stop and see The Artist Within. This unique shop has a great supply of yarns, including hand spun yarn, wool blends made from small farm fleeces and yarns made in the USA. I had a great time browsing the shop. Carol, the owner, is very knowledgeable and has many years of experience with needle arts. I am a novice and she gave me personalized lessons to complete my project. This worked out great and I really learned a lot. She had patterns and all of the supplies that I needed. In addition to yarn and knitting, she has beading supplies and a nice selection of hand made items from local artisans. Check out this warm and inviting shop, you won't be disappointed. 4/12

Gossamer Threads and More
575 Fourth Ave.
Durango, CO 81301

Reviewed by Myrna Bell

This shop is owned and operated by Diana Hrvatin and is a very friendly shop. Diana specialized in lace knitting, having designed and published in Interweave Knits. She is located in a small house about 4 blocks from the downtown area and has a very good supply of yarns for lace knitting, socks and general knitting a crochet. She carries Brown Sheep, Patons and various other quality yarns. She also has a table and chairs so customers can come and knit or get help on knitting problems.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Carole Morain

This shop is owned by Diana Hrvatin, a lace knitter who has taught on the national level and who has articles in major knitting magazines. She is very helpful and knowledgeable. The yarns she carries are widely varied and include novelty yarns as well as the staples of Patons and Brown Sheep. There is also a wonderful selection of sock yarns. And since Diana enjoys lace knitting, there is a large selection of lace weight yarns and patterns. Local knitters are encouraged to sit and knit whether they need help or just want to enjoy each others company.

Green Valley Weavers & Knitters LLC
2115 W. Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Reviewed by Kay L. Price

I visited this shop while in Colorado recently. It has some nice yarn selections and some pretty displays. I found two displays that inspired me. I noticed several items in a hallway from classes that are conducted at the shop. The classroom was nice and spacious with several windows that I'm sure helps with lighting. There were maybe 6 customers in the shop and two employees. My only disappointment was neither of the two employees greeted us or asked if we needed any help as they were busy with other customers. Regardless, I will go there again when visiting Colorado.

I Love Knitting
600 S. Holly St.
Denver, CO 80246

Reviewed by Lisa Brown

This store is just OK. The yarn selection is not that great and most of the yarns are up pretty high making it kind of hard if you are vertically challenged like me. I once asked for help with a sock I was knitting and she replied Oh I don't knit socks; here look in this book for the answer. There are not very many patterns or books in the store. They close at 4:30. 7/08

Knit One, Purl Too
1120 Francis Street
Longmont, CO 80501

Reviewed by Kathy Martin

Remember the neighborhood shop of older, easier times where you were greeted like a friend and made to feel welcome? Well there's a relatively new shop between Denver and Wyoming which will give you the warm fuzzies when you step inside. Enjoy a great selection of commercial yarns plus an expanding inventory of unique yarns and local rovings. And just to top it all off, you will find kits and patterns exclusively and locally designed for knitters and crocheters. Need classes to expand your horizons or refresh the ones of yesteryear? You'll find it at Knit One, Purl Too!

Knitter's Kove
708 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Reviewed by Kay L. Price

I visited this shop while in Colorado recently. It was formerly the Red Needle West. The shop has a nice selection of yarn, needles and accessories. It's worth a visit.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Barbara Foor Larson

The shop offers lovely yarns in a somewhat tight environment. Good selection of notions and pre-made garments.

Knitting Habitat
13724 E. Quincy Ave.
Aurora, CO 80015

Reviewed by Lisa Brown

I love this store! There may be bigger stores around but you wont find one that is friendlier! This store has a great selection of all kinds of yarn and it is so well stocked and organized that you never have trouble finding what you want. All the people that work here are knowledgeable. 7/08

Knitty Cat
7475 E Arapahoe Rd 15
Centennial, CO 80112-1446
(720) 493-5648

Reviewed by Denise Koster

Ann's shop is packed with yarn, floor to ceiling, in a riot of color and texture. The selection of yarns and patterns is wonderful and the display invites you to come in and touch. The pattern selection of books and leaflets is very well organized. Ann treats her customers like family, offering help, classes, knit alongs and special orders. Located in the strip mall behind the liquor store.

Lambspun of Colorado
1101 E. Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Reviewed by Betsy Markman

I highly recommend our city s knitting shop called Lambspun. It has an incredible selection of yarns, including many exotics. A large variety of knitting classes are offered for knitters of all ages and levels. Many patterns, books, and magazines are available. Staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and have helped many knitters out of many scrapes. Twice-weekly Knitting Teas find knitters of all ages sitting around a table, chatting, snacking, drinking tea, and of course, knitting! It is one of my favorite places to unwind (no pun intended).

Mew Mews Yarn Shop
1100 A Pine Street
Louisville, Co 80027

Reviewed by Tillie Carpenter

Sue is the owner of Mew Mews that opened a year ago. I am a self taught knitter of 30 plus years but I have learned lots from Sue. Her shop is cozy with a friendly atmosphere and great selection of yarns and accessories. Her classes are relaxing and I always learn more than I expected when I signed up for one!

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Daphne Geddes

I was so excited when I found a yarn shop close to my new job, so I found it and went to check it out. I have been there a few times looking for speciality things that I couldn't just find at Michael's or the like. Each and EVERY time I have gone in there I have been made to feel uncomfortable, inept, and like no matter what I'm looking for, I don't knit as well as the shop owner. As a person who doesn't know this woman, she's not very friendly, she may be the best knitter in the world, but she doesn't offer help when you walk in, or look like you are looking for something you can't find. When she does finally notice you (the shop is very small too, 2 small rooms and a main room) her tone is just not friendly or helpful. 8/08

Needleworks by Holly Berry
2409 W. Colorado Ave., Suite C
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Reviewed by Kay L. Price

This shop is in what is called Old Colorado City. They have a very nice selection of yarn and pattern books. They had several displays that were inspiring. It's one of those shops that has very nice eye appeal It's definitely worth a stop if in the area. I wished they had a website to shop from.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Scarlett Opal Williams

Upon arrival I was greeted with questions such as, "Are you a beginner?", "Have you tried felting?", and "What have you knitted?" I was like a kid in a candy store. The service was great and very helpful. They showed me new yarns and easy patterns. They told me of classes and workshops. One class in particular was about felted sheep. They were so divine. They had patterns for them too, and other felted animals like llamas and koalas. The store seemed to go on forever. It may look small, but you just have to keep going to the back!

This shop was reviewed by a third knitter.
Reviewed by Barbara Foor Larson

This shop carries upscale yarns that are beautifully arranged. Approximately half the shop is devoted to needlework. Classes are offered.

This shop was reviewed by a fourth knitter.
Reviewed by Amy Long

I was very disappointed in this shop. The lady who was working was very rude and openly disapproved of my bring a five year-old child into the store. She made several comments about the shop closing at 5:00 p.m. and it was 4:40. She said that children were not allowed to touch the yarn. I finally said Fine, we'll just leave. 10/07

Red Wheel
971 Park Street
Castle Rock, CO 80109-1527
Hours: T-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun & M Closed

Reviewed by Barbara Foor Larson

The shop is approximately 38 miles from Colorado Springs. Nice selection of yarns in a comfortable setting. Pre-made garments on display.

Showers of Flowers
6900 West Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214

Reviewed by Janis Frankel

Showers of Flowers features over 14,000 square feet of fabulous yarns!! Sharon, the owner, and her staff are talented, knowledgeable, and very helpful. One can find an incredible variety of yarns here! She carries very unusual, imported yarns, many of which are hand dyed. Wandering through Showers of Flowers is a breathtaking experience for anyone interested in fiber arts. Sharon is internationally-known for her unique and original crocheted flowers! If you are fortunate enough to get there in person, ask her to tell you the story of how her art began. 6/07

The Strawberry Tree
2200 S Monaco Pkwy
Denver, CO 80222

Reviewed by Kimberly Coulter

This is my favorite yarn store in the area! The shop owner, Sharon, is WONDERFUL--knowledgeable, helpful, friendly. She has an amazing selection of yarns, and a really great bargain bin area, too! (I got an AMAZING deal on a close-out of Alice Starmore yarn!) She also carries a large selection of buttons, needles, and patterns. Her staff are also helpful and knowledgeable. The shop is kind of hidden away, but not difficult to find: it is at Monaco and Evans, South of K-Mart, in the corner shop. It's well worth your time to stop in!

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Lisa Brown

I won't shop in this store because it is such a mess; yarn piled on the floor and not in any obvious order. The worst part is that nothing has a price on it. 7/08

String, A Knitting Boutique
9325 Dorchester St.
Suite 121
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Reviewed by Ruth Warren

String, the latest knitting boutique in the Denver metro area, is a wonderful addition for yarn and fiber enthusiasts. Walking into the rainbow selection is exciting - yarn, yarn everywhere, displayed by colors instead of brands or types. It is so fun and easy to pick out a soft fiber for a scarf along with a coordinating splash of something else to glitz it all up. The selection is outstanding, if not down right overwhelming, and probably as wide a variety as can be found anywhere in town. Cassidy Williams minds the store. She has created a welcoming environment for novice and experts alike. Don't be surprised when this bright, young newlywed calls out - honeeeey, I've found what you want. She is talking to you! A number of knitting and crochet classes are offered both day and night. They are intriguing and the instructors are kind, generous and very knowledgeable. String is well worth the trip, from anywhere in town. It's right behind the new Tattered Cover Bookstore (nationally renowned) in Highlands Ranch. Between the two, life is just grand!

Shuttles, Spindles And Skeins, Inc.
635 South Broadway #N
Table Mesa Shopping Center
Boulder, CO 80305

Reviewed by Teresa Smith

This local store has a whole lot for everybody. They have a complete selection of knitting, spinning and weaving supplies. From looms and wheels, hooks, needles and patterns and a dizzying selection of yarns: cones, hanks, balls and skeins. They offer several lines of acrylic and acrylic/wool blend and too many to mention of wool, linen, cotton and silk blends. A great selection of buttons, hooks and clasps. The staff are wonderful. They are very knowledgeable and don't hesitate to go that extra mile to help even if you are not a customer. The staff hold a wide range of classes on a very regular basis on everything from beginning crochet to knitting and spinning to weaving also basketry and felting. They have a spacious room next door to their shop to hold their classes. This is definitely a full service shop.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Barbara Foor Larson

This shop was most impressive. It has the largest stock of books I've ever seen in a yarn store. It was like a library. The shop also carries knitting novels, knit baskets and a vast selection of notions.

The yarns are beautiful and prices marked clearly. The shop has a lot of space and sections on weaving, spinning and basketry.

Woolen Treasures
447 E 4th St.
Loveland, CO 80537

Reviewed by Lisa Kent

Woolen Treasures is the perfect name. One step inside the house/shop in downtown Loveland, and I feel cozy and right at home amongst all the treasures. It's obvious that Monika Vargas, the shop owner, has worked very hard to stock the latest and most beautiful yarns. The only misnomer is there is so much more than just wool: luscious cottons, microfibers, and novelties too. Monika also brings many classes to her knitting and crocheting community: projects as well as how-to classes. It's a treat to be able to attend a class or just meet for an informal knitting get together. Monika is so friendly, and makes everyone who comes in feel welcome. It's a shop with small town values and big city selection. I am very impressed with how much Monika has done with her shop in the little over a year that it's been open.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Diane Harlan

I've been shopping at Woolen Treasures since this wonderful yarn store opened! It is my shop of choice for all my knitting needs. It carries a very large selection of the finest yarns available today. And they are beautifully displayed! The pattern selections are abundant -- from individual patterns to books to magazines! So there are plenty of ideas to choose from and the yarn to make those ideas into reality. And, there is a wide selection of needles and notions available. I can come out of Woolen Treasures with everything I need to make a project. Monika Vargas, the store owner, is extremely knowledgeable about the crochet and knitting crafts. She's a good source for ideas, technique questions, colorway ideas, combining yarns in projects, and sizing. There are several project samples in her shop so one can see how the yarns work up. Many classes are offered at Woolen Treasures. The instructors are gifted knitters, crocheters, weavers and so willing to share their knowledge. I've come away having learned something new from each class I've attended. Loveland's yarn crafters FINALLY have a shop to go to for all their supplies, to gain knowledge, to share ideas, and to find the company of fellow crafters!!

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