I’m a knitter and pretty much everywhere I go I run into other knitters. All I have to do is pull my project d’jour from my tote and I’m surrounded by them. (Okay, maybe not surrounded but at least one person comes up to ask what I’m working on). So, it stands to reason that among the throngs of people visiting Denver for the DNC this week, some of you are bound to be knitters (or crocheters, I don’t want to leave out other yarn loving folks). Denver is blessed with a veritable cornucopia of yarn stores, each one with a personality as unique as its inventory. If you’re a knitter (or crocheter) looking for a break from the convention and want to pick up some “souvenir yarn” there are several LYS (Local Yarn Shops) not far from downtown you can visit.
Probably the closest LYS is Showers of Flowers just west of the Pepsi Center on Colfax Ave. They have a large selection displayed in a roomy location. If you are willing to go a little further out, Knit Knack in Arvada has a wonderful selection of yarn, including some from a local dyer, Red Rocks Fiber Works. And they are having a SALE! What more incentive do you need?
Even further out is the fabulous Knitty Cat in Centennial. This is probably my favorite yarn store and it’s packed with fabulous yarn in addition to the super helpful owner, Ann, who has come to my rescue more than once when I had a “knitting emergency”.
If you’re looking to meet some local knitters, visit Annie’s Café tonight (Wednesday, 8/27) to catch the Downtown Denver Stitch N’ Bitch group from 6pm-9pm.
Just keep in mind that you can’t take knitting needles to Obama’s speech on Thursday at Invesco (and you probably can’t take them into the Pepsi center either) but you could sit on the 16th street mall and knit or take your new knitting project into one of the many brewpubs Brian discussed in the previous blog entry. Knitting and beer, what a winning combination!
If you’re headed up to the mountains after the convention is over, check out Lonesome Stone Natural Fiber mill in Granby. Here you can visit the alpacas, take a tour of the fiber mill, and fill your basket with loads of locally produced yarn. My husband and I visited the fiber mill last month and it is well worth the drive.
Have fun at the convention and keep knitting!
Locations for shops and meeting places with their approximate distance from the Pepsi Center:
Anne’s Café, 3100 East Colfax Avenue, (East Colfax and St. Paul St.), Denver (4 miles)
Knit Knack, 7505 Grandview Ave, Arvada (10 miles)
Knitty Cat, 7475 East Arapahoe Road, #15, Centennial (16 miles)
Lonesome Stone Natural Fiber Mill, 946 County Road 60, Granby (85 miles)
Showers of Flowers, 6900 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood (5 miles)
When Mya is not knitting and discovering new yarns, she is a senior research and evaluation associate at JVA Consulting, where she heads up several studies on teacher quality and teaches our clients how to develop evaluation plans.