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    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!

    Claire is the owner of The Woolly Thistle.  She started her yarn journey on the longest night of the year, back in December 2011, when she embarked on knitting Kate Davies' Owlet Sweater for her then 5 year old daughter, Heather.  

    Claire 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 her 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 Claire found herself 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, Claire was able to go home to Scotland for a quick visit and attend the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  There she met many British yarn shopkeepers and got to squish, sniff and buy lots of British wool.  Her dream of opening a yarn shop was cemented and The Woolly Thistle came into being in April 2016.  The thistle is Scotland's national flower.

    Claire is from Scotland and immigrated to the USA in 1992.  Through knitting and actively participating in the world-wide knitting community, Claire has 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 Claire's day-to-day life and now provides a worth-while endeavor of importing British yarns to those of us here in the USA.  

    Claire is married to Jay and they have two children, Heather and George. They have a beloved flock of chickens that frequently make appearances on NH Knits' Coop Cast.

    You can contact Claire at:

    Ravelry: nhkclaire

    Shop Email:

    Podcast Email:

    Instagram: nh_knits and thewoollythistle

    iTunes: NH Knits

    Please visit often and let us know how we're doing!  Best wishes, Claire