Marly and I have been friends for a LONG time. Marly is a great designer, both for knitting and crochet, and is currently the Creative Consultant for Bijou Basin Ranch.
She interviewed me for her podcast waaaay back when Fitted Knits first came out (2007) and we’ve been friends ever since. In “real” time three years isn’t that long, but in Blog Time, it’s an established friendship! She also recently interviewed me about my online classes. You can find marly’s podcast here, or on iTunes.
Marly is one of the friendliest, happiest, most outgoing people you are ever going to meet. She has a wonderful laugh and is just such a treat to be around. SO…when she offered to meet up with me and my kids and take us to Knit Knack, her local shop in Arvada, CO, I jumped at the chance. I was also really happy to meet her friend and expert knitter and photographer Karen (and her 3 kids), who met us for lunch before we went to the shop.
So Marly is a mom of three gorgeous, happy, boisterous, loveable kids. She drives around with the stereo up, singing and having a great time! When they pulled into the parking lot, they were blasting “Hey Ya” by Andre 3000. LOVE IT! Later, when we were following her to the shop, Mazie said, “Mom, my friends have a Rock -n- Roll car!” and they DO! Being with marly and her family was so encouraging…I can DO this! And I don’t have to be perfect at it…just have FUN. Have a rock -n- roll car! ENJOY it.
We just the BEST time, you guys! We ate lunch at a place where the kids could all play, and they were so sweet with Maize. We let them play for about an hour, and then drove over to Knit Knack. Knit Knack is situated in an older downtown area (if you’ve been to Arvada, you know what I’m talking about.)
The space is just perfect for a yarn shop…it’s got a split-level floor plan, with the class space in its own little area, and a really cool almost apothecary vibe to the fixtures. They also have an espresso bar! The yarn and pattern selection is really wide and covers almost anything you could think to knit OR crochet!
(Sorry, another phone pic, but it shows how the shop is laid out and how neat the fixtures are.)
If you’re a local, definitely stop in and say hi to Geri and Beth for me, and sign up for one of Marly’s classes while you’re at it…it’s a guaranteed good time!
Next stop: Downtown Aquarium, Denver
PS: There *might* have been a little Bijou Basin stash enhancement:
L-R…Lhasa Wilderness (yak and bamboo), Bijou Bliss (yak and cormo), Himalayan Trail (yak and merino.)