Okay, I'll spill the beans. If you're a knitter and driving down S. Broadway you might miss the shop, thinking that it's a quilt store, but it's much more than that. The name is Wooden Spools and it's a different kind of quilt and yarn shop. The name, I was told, refers to the warm, homey feeling you get from old wooden spools.
|2805 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113, 303-761-9231|
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There are cheerful, welcoming owners, Vicki Skigen (left) and Sandy Black (right) and their assistant Amy in the middle.
What makes this shop different is the source of their stock. They buy discontinued lines, stash from knitters or quilters or shops that they carefully inspect and also stock from stores that are going out of business. As a result, they are able to keep their prices low....and I do mean LOW.
Do you see the green arrow in the picture above, on the upper right? That's the yarn that I bought. I got 12 balls of Rowan Yarns Classic Yarns "Cashcotton DK", which is now discontinued. The color is #602 - Pool.
All balls are from the same dye lot. The content is: 35% Cotton, 25% Polyamide, 18% Angora, 13% Viscose and 9% Cashmere. At 142 yards/50gm ball, that gives me 1704 yards, total, which is more than enough to make a cabled sweater (probably a cardigan), which is my plan. I decided to buy extra as I won't be able to get more of the yarn should I need or want it for some reason. Now, how much do you think I paid per ball? Would you believe it, only $4.25 each, which is half, or less, than what it was selling for at full price. This is a shop that you'll want to visit often to see what's new.
I've only talked about the yarn, but the quilting materials are just as nice. Quilting has tempted me for years and one day I just might have to give it a try. They do offer classes in both knitting and quilting. As a matter of fact, I talked to Vicki about the possibility of teaching a knitting class or two in the future. I'll have to see how the workload goes at my day job first, however. I love, love, love to teach knitting, so I'm tempted to do a little. By the way, the shop will be expanding soon and there will be a dedicated classroom.
Okay, now, if you're in the shop and you see a yarn that you know that I would like, leave it on the shelf for me, okay? ☺