PLACES: Camas Creek Yarn

By Beacon Staff

Combine nimble finger work and creativity to create something original with knitting classes at Camas Creek Yarn on Main Street in Kalispell. There is no experience necessary to learn.

Each Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Camas Creek offers free beginning knitting classes for ages 13 and up. Space is limited to eight and it only requests that you purchase your supplies in their shop. Along with yarns from all over the world, Camas Creek supplies beads, buttons and all the tools you’ll need so their request doesn’t limit your creations.

Other classes throughout the month include Sue’s Knitting Therapy, Beyond Knit and Purl and basic mittens, to name a few. Although knitting at home can be relaxing, patrons boast of the community aspect of knitting in a group.

“It’s enjoyable to knit with a group of people and be inspired by others,” said knitter and customer Lori Graybill. “You can do it at home, but it’s not the same.”

Camas Creek is also making an effort to give back. Melanie Cross, co-owner of the yarn shop, said she is planning a fundraiser for Rails to Trails sometime in May. Also, the shop has donation boxes where hand-knit items go to Abbie Shelter, Samaritan House, Coats for Kids and Intermountain.

“It’s all about supporting local,” said Cross. “If you can’t give monetarily, you can give a little of yourself.”

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How to get there: Camas Creek Yarn is located at 338 Main St. in downtown Kalispell.

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