Dancing Sheep Staff & Teachers
Jackie is the owner of Dancing Sheep Yarn & Fiber. Her love of knitting began just four short years ago. She was wanting more than a good book to fill the wait time between her children’s sporting events. She saw a gal knitting in the stands at her son’s baseball game & thought, “That’s brilliant!” When she returned to Casper, she signed up for a knitting class & she was hooked. But that wasn’t enough, Jackie enjoys sharing what she learns & enjoys with others. And that’s what landed her the role of a yarn shop owner! Jackie also enjoys sewing, reading, hiking & spending time with family & friends. And chocolate…..one can never have too much chocolate!
Laura is one of our teachers at Dancing Sheep. Laura learned to knit and spin at her mother’s side when she was 12 years old. They belonged to the Spinning Guild in her hometown & her love of fiber was born. Laura appreciates the emerging patterns created while knitting. To her it is like “magic, a stress release.” Her advice to someone new to knitting is to be okay with the project not being perfect & to love the yarn you’re knitting with. She is a fan of Stephen West patterns because of the art & contemporary factor. She also loves Blue Sky Fiber’s “Extra” because it is so soft, and she likes Hedge Hog Fibers because of the brilliant colors. When Laura isn’t spinning or knitting, you can find her outside running, mountain biking, or gardening.
Hannah’s love for fiber began when she went to a class with a friend. There she fell in love with her new hobby, never dreaming she’d become one of Dancing Sheep’s teachers! Soon she discovered that she loved the creative freedom of knitting & crocheting. She likes to modify patterns & challenge herself with new techniques. Hannah also enjoys spinning & felting. Working with the varieties of color & texture excite Hannah. Her favorite pattern to date is Winter Birch by Nancy Marchant. It is a Brioche leaves scarf coupled with double knitting. Hannah’s advice to new knitters is to start with the basics and not be afraid of new techniques. “Just take one stitch, twist or pick at at time.”
Colleen both works behind the counter & teaches classes at Dancing Sheep. Her love of yarn & experience are a great help to many customers. Colleen originally learned to knit from her mother and to crochet from her grandmother as a young girl. She considers herself more of a knitter than a crocheter today. Colleen gets excited over good yarn-she loves to touch it, squeeze it & even give it a good sniff! She created a “yarn room” in her home so she could see & enjoy her stash. It is coupled with antiques which is another love of Colleen’s. As self-professed Ravelry.com junkie, Colleen advises those new to knitting to get to know the free website. It is a great place to research yarns, projects, & patterns. “Take the time to learn about all you can do on Ravelry and then USE IT!”
As a young girl, Nancy started to crochet. Just two years ago, she began to knit. Knitting became her thing! Nancy teaches knitting classes at Dancing Sheep where she hopes to get people over the fear of trying lace patterns. She has been fearless in her knitting & that has led her to create some beautiful pieces. Nancy also enjoys spinning, saying that, like knitting, it is very relaxing & therapeutic for her. Nancy is a big fan of Tin Can Knits patterns, lace stitches, & lace yarn. She is also a Ravelry.com fan & loves that it totals the yardage of projects created. Nancy’s advice to someone wanting to try the fiber arts-“Don’t be afraid! It’s just yarn! Have fun & do what you like!”