Forbes recently reported on local yarn shops around the country, and the pain of the pandemic struggle. Like many businesses, these craft-centric shops are having to problem solve to stay afloat. The strongest asset of belonging to a community is the support that can be felt when times are tough. We took a look around our own Colorado LYS neighborhood to see how we might continue to help these businesses keep their doors open.
My Sister Knits
A Fort Collins staple in craft and community, My Sister Knits has gone to a lot of trouble to ensure the safety of their clientele, and operate in keeping with local standards. They are staying close to their community by participating in the Farmers Daughter Fibers LYS KCAL, happening throughout the summer.
The once weekly MSK outdoor knit session (weather permitting) is held in their quaint garden, and they are ready with suggestions for knitters to think outside of the box in order to keep their craft fresh.
Another thing that got our attention over at MSK are the Blue Sky Fibers mini-hank bundles they are offering, and the Black Mountain Cowl project by Laura Tabbut that is calling out for these little bundles of joy.
Longmont Yarn Shoppe
The committed folks over at Longmont Yarn Shoppe in Boulder County are currently open for drop-in shoppers (headcount limits in place) and can also accommodate shopping appointments for those crafters who are immune-compromised.
Aside from offering approachable and safe shop experiences, LYS has blown up their programming in the face of uncertainty. They offer Community Handwork, Casual Crochet, Weave In, and Punch In/Spin In all through Zoom.
Additional ways to bond and learn are offered through their Fiberside Chats. These conversations will introduce you to influential designers, and you may even get to ask the knitting questions that have always haunted you.
You can also order product online from the Longmont Yarn Shoppe… so get to shopping!
Fancy Tiger Crafts
This craft industry staple in downtown Denver is keeping safe. The doors are not yet open for shoppers on the regular, but the FTC team is still doing their best. Putting craft challenges in front of a grateful audience is what they are good at.
FTC currently has curbside pickup (get the full update here), but overall, this industrious outfit is focusing their efforts toward online sales. Frankly, it’s a lovely pleasure to peruse their inventory, which is full of aesthetically pleasing items. All the better to craft with, my dear.
FTC wants you to keep those hands busy, and their online courses will have you ready to learn something new. Already sold out: a sandal making course that has the FTC audience poised and ready to cobble. Coming soon: a Knit 101 beginner course. Keep your eyes on their page for more intriguing craft opportunities!