A Sheep at the Wheel Yarn Co. intends to draw customers with vibrant colors, expansive textures and intricate designs. Owner Susan Moses said the approximately 700-square-foot shop was designed for comfort and warmth and to bring a greater yarn selection to the Georgetown area.
But the shop stocks more than just yarn. Materials and fabrics from all corners of the globe, including Peru, Japan, Turkey and Texas, line the walls and beg customers for a touch.
“The shop is nice and bright and airy, and people can see the colors,” Moses said. “Making it welcoming and [so] people are not afraid to come in and ask for help, that is the big thing.”
Moses said she opened the shop with her husband in 2015 to provide a community space for knitters, needle pointers and crocheters of all skill levels.
The business offers classes that teach beginners to pros how to knit socks, work with lace and how to bead as well as design and create handmade clothing.
Different classes offered in the shop allow for customers to
create bags, scarves and more. Handcrafters can also sit in the store and work on projects, Moses said.[/caption]
But getting to hear more about the stories of the “fiber family” that brings her shop to life and less about their skills is crucial to Moses, she said.
“Each project [someone] makes is a snapshot in the timeline of their lives … be it a baby gift; a graduation present; and often, sadly, a [chemotherapy] cap or blanket,” Moses said. “I have cried more both in joy and sadness in the last two years than in the last 10 combined.”
Moses often lends a hand to a knitter in need and teaches several classes herself, but she said the favor is frequently returned and is what makes the community of handcrafters so genuine.
She said she plans to eventually add more classes, possibly even a spinning class complete with spinning wheels and instruction.
“I learn new stuff every day,” Moses said. “You learn new stuff in all aspects of your life every day. When you stop learning, you are stuck.”
A Sheep at the Wheel Yarn Co.
3010 Williams Drive, Ste.162, Georgetown
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.