Weaving looms, a spinning wheel, shelves and baskets filled with colorful yarn, and a comfortable couch create a welcoming space devoted to knitting and weaving in a new shop at TwispWorks.
Susan Hamer opened her new business, called Twisted Knitters, a few weeks ago in a TwispWorks studio. She offers yarn, knitting needles and other supplies, as well as free instruction to people interested in improving their knitting, weaving and crocheting skills.
Hamer said she learned to crochet as a child, and began knitting about seven years ago. “I really enjoy the craft. The more you do, the more you like it,” she said.
“I thought I’d like to have a little yarn shop,” Hamer said. After moving to the Methow Valley last April, Hamer found a way to realize her vision.
She opened her shop recently in a space shared with “Dog Dudz” owner Carolee Addis, who creates leashes, collars and other gear for dogs.
Hamer stocks yarns in an array of vibrant colors. Some of her yarn is locally produced by Katy Haven of McFarland Creek Lamb Ranch.
In addition to providing knitting and crocheting supplies, Hamer said she wants to provide opportunities for people to come together to share or learn the craft.
“I want to teach people to knit and crochet. I’ll do that for anyone, any time. Just drop by,” Hamer said.
A group of knitters gathers each Wednesday afternoon at the shop to create prayer shawls and blankets to give to people who are ill, and Hamer said she hopes to foster additional groups.
Hamer’s studio/shop is generally open Monday, Friday and Saturday from
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Wednesday from 2 – 5 p.m. She suggests that people check her website, mvtwistedknitters.com, for possible changes in the schedule. For more information, call 997-0233.