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More options for yarn, fabric, notions and know-how
206 1/2 San Felipe NW, Suite 9
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday; closed Wednesday
Fiber Chicks is hidden in a courtyard in Old Town between a coffee shop and an art gallery. It’s easy to miss. But once you’re inside, miles of yarn become a blank slate for knitting, crocheting and felting. Fibers from all over the world and a mix of crafters and tourists exploring Old Town are brought together by the common thread of fiber arts, with owner Lesley Miller serving as hostess and tour guide.
Miller is knowledgeable and friendly, and she’ll help you select a pattern and source yarn for any project, from a simple one-skein hat to a cabled sweater. She prides herself on the abundance of samples intended to help crafters visualize how a final project might turn out. On select Tuesday nights, Miller hosts the “easy peasy” series of quick and easy projects. Instructions are free with a yarn purchase, or they’re $5 if you BYOY (bring your own yarn). Upcoming classes include “easy peasy gift ideas” on Nov. 22, “easy peasy shawls” on Dec. 6 and “easy peasy hats” on Dec. 20.
If knitting and crocheting is an obsession, Fiber Chicks is a go-to spot for bamboo needles and luxury yarns like Tahki, Noro and Araucania. Because, let's face it, every once in a while you just need to buy some psychedelic Japanese sock yarn.
Since the holidays are all about giving, Fiber Chicks is doing its part by giving back. From now until the first of the year, the store will be collecting crafted hats, scarves, shawls and throws (anything you can craft, really) for a donation drive for breast cancer survivors, and the store will be donating 25 percent from every skein of pink yarn sold.
The store has also been nurturing a relationship with the Tapetes de Lana program based in Mora. It teaches weaving and spinning as an empowering option for women in low-income, rural communities. Fiber Chicks sells the gorgeous hand-dyed yarns made by Tapetes de Lana, as well as many other local, natural yarns cultivated in the East Mountains.
All year round, the shop is a cozy nest for creativity, with an ongoing stitching circle that convenes every Sunday. Crafters can order a latte from the coffee shop next door and pick up new techniques and tips from other stitchers. If you're not into the group thing, or if you need a little more instruction before showing off your skills in public, Miller is also available for private lessons for $15 an hour.