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« on: December 30, 2008 10:13:03 AM »

hey coloradans- i'm moving from baltimore to boulder next year to be college'd, and i was wondering if there is a nice crafting community?

i must learn these things.

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2009 08:40:19 PM »

I live in Boulder but have no connection with CU, so I can't say if there are any campus-related craft activities.  Outside of CU, craft action is limited - there is the Handweavers Guild of Boulder/Shuttles Spindles and Skeins if you are into yarn-y sorts of crafts (although the median age is quite a bit higher than the college crowd). I've seen a few people try to start up craft groups, but none with any real success. There is a meetup.com craft group that did just start for Denver, but they seem to meet on the south side of Denver, which is a good hour drive from Boulder and not easily reached by public transportation.

There is a sewing studio in Niwot that appears to target a somewhat younger crowd, Sew Fresh Studio, but you'd probably need a car to get there. They offer classes at the beginner/intermediate level, I think.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 08:53:39 AM »

i do the yarn stuff, mostly. so, boo to there being not a good yarnin' community.

oh well, i will strike out on my own! death to the non-crafting boulder paradigm!

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2009 09:51:29 AM »

oh, I think Ptarmic was saying there IS a good yarnin' community!  I've experienced it firsthand, myself.  Yes, the median age tends to skew older, but the major LYS (Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins) has to be seen to be believed, and there are a few other yarn shops in town, namely Purl Knit Cafe, Common Threads, and the new place, Gypsy Wools (I think that's it's name).  I know Common Threads hosts a stitch 'n' bitch, and there are knit-ins and spin-ins galore at Shuttles.

Interweave Press is based in Loveland, just a couple of towns away, Schacht Spindle Co. is located here, and there are tons of classes available at Shuttles...there are plenty of really talented local fibery people.  I'm sure you can find them!
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009 05:34:38 PM »

I would also like to point out that there is a small, but nice yarn shop in Louisville (the town next to Boulder, on the Dash route) called Mew-Mew's.  My MIL found her most favorite yarn there, oddly enough.

There are a few co-ops around town that, I'm sure if you hang out once in a while, will actually produce quite a few friends!  e.g.  Art Mart on Pearl Street Mall.

"The Hill" may produce a few of these crafty friends as well!

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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2009 11:34:02 AM »

Im not in Boulder but in Fort Collins at CSU we have some good yarn shops here, They are worth a look.  We are just a hour-ish away and the drive is not bad. I'm not sure what the "craft community" is like here, I have yet to find one for the younger croud.  I know at school there really isnt one either Cry .
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