Listenership steadily grew and I found myself interviewing local woolly people in New Hampshire and Vermont, such as Nick Colony of Harrisville Designs, Michael Hampton of Hampton Fiber Mill and Theresa Walker of Great Bay Wool Works, and more.
In 2016, I went home to Scotland for a quick visit and attended the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. There I met many British yarn producers and got to squish, sniff and buy lots of British wool.
My dream of opening a yarn shop was cemented and The Woolly Thistle came into being in July 2016. The thistle is Scotland's national flower and often you can find a tuft of wool caught in their spikes.
I am from Scotland and immigrated to the USA in 1992. Through knitting and actively participating in the world-wide knitting community, I have been able to keep connections with Scotland in a way that wasn't possible before. The act of knitting as well as being a part of a community of Knitters has brought a lot of happiness to my day-to-day life and now provides me full-time employment importing British and European yarns for those of us here in the USA.
The Woolly Thistle team has grown to include 10 employees who care enormously about getting your order out to you quickly, efficiently and with a little extra love.
The Woolly Thistle welcomes and seeks out customers, designers, authors and yarn makers of all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, locations, ages and orientations who possess a love of wool and craft. We value your work and your contribution to making TWT a safe community. You are welcome here!
I hope you enjoy visiting The Woolly Thistle, and while you're here sign up for our emails (see below) which will keep you up-to-date on shop news and there's sometimes a discount. We recently started our Youtube Shopcast which runs every other Friday so do visit us there and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out! Join us in ourRavelry groupwhere we have knit-alongs and lots of friendly chatter.
With clacking pins and best wishes,