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    Welcome to The Woolly Thistle. We specialize in stocking the best yarns from the United Kingdom and Europe 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!   That's a winning combo for you!

     

    A note from a lovely customer that sums up what we do here:

    Thank YOU for offering so much woolly goodness from small producers. You occupy a fascinating middle space where the vision, curiosity and infinite desires of fiber artists intersects with the limits of shepherds (and their sheep and the land!), mills and dyers. It's important to me to support independent farmers and mills who resist the pull towards uniformity, who keep alive sustainable practices, and who preserve the beauty and quality of wool sourced from a variety of sheep breeds.
    Sue Pengelly 

     

    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.   The Woolly Thistle Podcast (formerly known as New Hampshire 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, I went home to Scotland for a quick visit and attended the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  There I met many British yarn producers 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 me full-time employment importing British and European 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 The Woolly Thistle's podcast in a segment called the "Coop Cast".

    I hope you enjoy visiting The Woolly Thistle, and while you're hear sign up for my monthly Blether-letter (see below) which will keep you up-to-date on shop news and there's often a discount.  Join us in our Ravelry group where we have Knit-alongs and lots of friendly chatter; and of course, you're always welcome at The Woolly Thistle podcast where you can get to know me and my knitting!

    With clacking pins and best wishes,

    Corinne Claire

     

    You can contact Corinne at:

    Shop Email: hello@thewoollythistle.com

    Instagram: thewoollythistle

    Ravelry: The Woolly Thistle group

    Facebook: The Woolly Thistle

    iTunes: search the store for 'The Woolly Thistle podcast'