About Us

The Wooly West retail store opened for business in 1980. I had recently returned from time abroad in weaving school in Sweden and working as a nanny in France and knew it was time to settle down and do something serious. I never realized how serious it would get or how long it would last! I chose knitting as a primary focus, because I loved the portability of it (as opposed to weaving) and realized that knitting was accessible to everyone, the tools are, actually, few and the basic skills are easy to teach and to learn. Over the years, The Wooly West has encouraged more folks to knit than I ever thought possible.

The retail store was sold in June of 2000 and I now focus on my writing, teaching workshops far and wide, designing and mail order. My teaching is mostly focused toward the exceptional knitting from Estonia (look here for more info on my course discriptions) and most of my designing and writing reflects that focus.

The Wooly West has always offered unique patterns and yarns. From one of the first shops in the USA to carry true Shetland yarn to sock yarn imported from Wales, I've tried to offer 'real' wool and great colors for projects to make any knitter proud. Now I have a collection of yarns I am devoted. I also am offering patterns for shawls and scarves, a few socks and other small projects, my books and a collection of books from Estonia, and some special accessories. My goal for the Wooly West has always been to offer fine natural fiber yarns, classic and traditional patterns, useful knitting tools and expert instruction to my customers.

Thanks for visiting me via this wonderful web and happy knitting.

Nancy