Welcome to The Woolly Thistle. We specialize in stocking the best yarns from the United Kingdom right here in the USA.
When you order from The Woolly Thistle you receive your yarn quickly and without the added cost of international shipping. And because The Woolly Thistle is located in the gorgeous State of New Hampshire, there's no sales tax!
A Bit About Me
I started my yarn journey on the longest night of the year, back in December 2011, when I embarked on knitting Kate Davies' Owlet Sweater for my then 5 year old daughter, Heather.
I had learned to knit (and had knitted various garments) as a young girl in Scotland but had put the knitting down for several years. Upon picking up my new circular needles on that December night, and while following the well written and friendly pattern by Kate Davies, a new appreciation and enjoyment for knitting grew and quickly became a passionate pursuit.
There followed lots more knitting and eventually a podcast. New Hampshire Knits (NH Knits) published its first episode September 15, 2014. 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 through a serendipitous chain of events, I was able to go home to Scotland for a quick visit and attend the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. There I met many British yarn shopkeepers 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 a worth-while endeavor of importing British yarns for those of us here in the USA.
I'm married to Jay and we have two children, Heather and George. We have a beloved flock of chickens that frequently make appearances on NH Knits' Coop Cast.
I hope you enjoy visiting The Woolly Thistle,
You can contact Claire at:
Shop Email: email@example.com
Podcast Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
iTunes: NH Knits