DENVER – It’s been five years since Ann Tilley decided to turn a hobby into a business and open A Tangled Yarn Shop.
“It’s been an amazing trip,” Tilley said. “I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought it was going to be all fun, and I’d be able to sit around and knit, but it’s been amazing. I’ve built a good customer base, and we’ve had friendships made here. Sometimes at the end of the day I’ll cut the lights off, and I’ll sit here and reflect back on the people that have walked in who consider this place their haven.”
Tilley’s shop offers a plethora of yarn in a variety of weights, fibers and colors, but it also provides instruction and fellowship through groups that meet on a weekly basis to work on different techniques and projects.
A good number of those projects have a charitable aspect to them, including a recent group effort to stitch together chemotherapy hats for patients at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. Additionally, Tilley also supplies food items and school supplies for students at Catawba Elementary School through her annual backpack program.
“Obviously, this shop is about selling yarn, but I also give a lot away to the community,” Tilley said. “I had some yarn that’s been here since I opened the shop and I gave it to a gentlemen who’s knitting hats on a loom for the county’s homeless population at the Hesed House of Hope. I’m taking a hit, but they need it more than I do. I have a huge group of ladies who want to help also ... To me, it’s all about giving back to the community.”
Tilley also teaches beginner’s classes for anyone interested in learning to knit, crochet or weave, and renowned knitting instructor Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter will be at the shop Saturday, Feb. 9, to teach three unique classes.