I began River City Yarns in the fall of 2002, selling felted handbags, yarn, and teddy bears with Sheila P. in a small 10 x 10 booth in a market downtown. We grew quickly, and in 2004 we moved to the Royal Alex area which was home for the next eight years. My inspiration has always been Kaffe Fassett – he takes anything – pottery, yarn, paint or fabric and transforms it into artwork. My favourite yarn is wool – all of it – the springy bounce of merino, the sturdy course feel of a tweedy Shetland, and I must say I am drawn to blues and greens. When not knitting, I love to travel and spend time relaxing with my husband, the kids, and grandkids.
I left the corporate world in 2006 to join my sister and business partner, Barb, at River City Yarns. People thought I was crazy to leave a "good job" to sell yarn. Every day, though, someone walks through the door needing my help... to fix a stitch, to find a yarn, to pick a project. I'm inspired by all the great fibre artists that come into the store every day. When I'm not in the store, I like to visit with friends and family (and knit) and travel (and knit). I'm a big fan of audiobooks because I can combine reading with, you guessed it: knitting!
I've been working at River City Yarns since December 2014. My love for yarn began when I was 11 years old when I had just learned how to crochet. A couple of years later, I learned how to knit. It was a gradual transition between the two crafts and now I find myself knitting most of the time. I love knitting socks and have recently started venturing into sweater knitting. I tend to gravitate towards sock yarn in dark blues or burgundies. When I'm not at the store, I like to watch TV shows or hang out with my friends. Wherever I go, I always bring knitting!
I've been working at River City Yarns since January 2013. My paternal baba taught me to knit when I was really young. Learning new things is what I like best about knitting. My favourite colour of yarn is... wait, just one colour?! Green, because it's my daughter's favourite colour and I especially enjoy knitting for her. There are many wonderful fibres to create with and my favourite has always been wool. When I'm not knitting, I love watching movies with my husband and playing with my daughter.
I've been part of the RCY staff since 2009, when the shop was first located downtown. I love being part of the RCY ladies! I enjoy teaching both new and existing knitters something new — it's so great to see people excited about their new skill! What inspires me to knit? Judging by my stash, I would have to say colour. There seems to be a common theme!
I have been at River City Yarns since June 2014, and I do the bookkeeping for the store. I have been knitting for just over a year. I took Knitting 101 from Jane-Anne and I was hooked. My dad inspired me to create – his hobby was water colour landscape painting. He had an eye for seeing interesting scenes and recreating them on canvas. I have always loved colour and texture and I think that is why I have embraced knitting. I see the yarn and want to create something with it and from it. I enjoy the portability of knitting as it allows me to be creative and at the same time socialize with my family. I have become forever "smitten with knittin".
I've been teaching at River City Yarns since 2013. My favourite designers are Lucy Neatby and Cat Bordhi — they're exceptional teachers and are very inspiring. My favourite colours are vibrant blues and teals, and alpaca is my favourite yarn. When I'm not knitting, I'm reading. Although, if my spinning wheel was set up, that would be up there too!
After working for a bank for 40 years, I was finally able to fulfill my dream of learning to knit. I came to River City Yarns to take lessons and fell in love with the craft. I have now been working with River City Yarns for 7 years! As I like to say, "I am the oldest employee and the newest knitter!" My favourite yarns are mohair and alpaca, and I prefer the smaller projects. I'm an animal lover, so when I'm not knitting, I love spending time with my dog, CoCo.
I've been very fortunate to work at River City Yarns since January 2010! I am a weaver and knitter, constantly inspired by Noro's magical colourways. I'm also an avid cyclist and a student at the University of Alberta, where I study German and linguistics.
I'm Sheila M.
I began my journey with River City Yarns in 2011. I absolutely LOVE anything and everything Churchmouse. When not knitting, I can usually be found at Edmonton Oilers games. I also love travelling to my two favourite places: Seattle and Victoria.
I'm Sheila P.
I started with Barb at the very beginning at the original shop at Royal Alex Place in 2004. I love the colours, textures, and manipulating the beautiful selection of yarns that we carry in the store. I love working with all types of yarns, merinos, alpaca, silk, bamboo. Working here (although I can`t really call it work) has been so therapeutic, especially in the winter. Both Barb and Cynthia have been a dream to "work" with! I love meeting new knitters and thoroughly enjoy showing them the fabulous array of yarn and accessories. It really is a great place to unwind.
I began as part of the River City Yarns staff team in the fall of 2015. I have been knitting for about 8 years. Knitting has also lead me to other fibre arts, such as felting and some weaving. I love the fibre and all its endless possibilities! My favourite quote is,
"Creativity is intelligence having fun!"
– Albert Einstein
I've been with River City Yarns since the beginning of 2014. My burning desire to create is genetic! My grandma was a beautiful knitter, and I often think of her while I'm clicking away on my needles. I love seeing my family wear the fruits of my labour – every stitch is a bit of love. When I'm not knitting, I love to whip up my (semi) famous fish tacos for my family. I absolutely love being part of the RCY team!