The main attraction was, of course, the Estes Park Wool Market, but Estes is so cool, we had to check out some of the local shops and restaurants. At one point, the purchases were starting to get a little cumbersome, and I decided to walk them back to the van. On my way back, up the hill, I saw a sign advertising “5,000 square feet of knitting, needlework, and quilting supplies!” Never mind that I just came from the wool market, I had to check it out!
The Stitchin’ Den is an awesome Local Yarn Shop tucked away in the shops on Estes Park’s main drag. And while it is kind of hidden, this shop is huge! It goes on and on, full of yarns, fabrics, canvases, and fibers!
I was very impressed with the variety of crafts they covered: knitting, crocheting, sewing, needlepoint, cross stitch, spinning, and punch needle (I came so close to purchasing a punch needle doorstop kit that looked like the Colorado state flag, never mind that I’ve never done punch needle and have no need for a doorstop.) They also offered to wind Wool Market purchases for free, which I thought was super nice.
The yarns were mostly good ol’ LYS staples that I can get back home, but they did have a few local yarns available. Estes Park has its own fiber mill, and the shop carried some of their yarns. There was also a local dyer that had a couple of yarns in the shop, and one in particular caught my eye:
I’m a sucker for these novelty-esque yarns that create long sections with different yarns, and this one from Cat Mountain Fiber Arts was hand-dyed! I love the colors, too. They make me think of the mountains, so this skein came home with me.
If you find yourself in Estes, The Stichin’ Den is well worth the stop!