Shop Talk at WonderKnit

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Libby Bruce, 27

Owner, WonderKnit

3165 N. High St., Clintonville


Can you tell people about your shop, which is like a young person's hip knitting joint?

Really, we just want it to be a unique, accessible, creative space where people can come create and have fun.

What do you carry?

We have a pretty wide variety of very carefully chosen yarn. There's not a single 100-percent acrylic yarn in this store; they're mostly made from natural fibers. We have a lot of yarn you can't find anywhere else in the city or anywhere else in the state.

I see bottles of wine sitting on a table. So people can drink while they knit?

We have a happy hour knit night that is the second Wednesday of every month, and it is a BYOB happy hour. And we also have a boy's knitting night; that's the third Thursday of every month. We've got a small but dedicated group of boys right now-growing every month.

Can people just walk in and knit alone?

Yeah, people are welcome to just come and hang out and knit during normal business hours, and plenty of people do. There are knitting groups who meet here as well, not affiliated with the store.

Do you charge for that?


You earned your degree from Ohio State University in English and women's studies, and then worked in politics in Washington, D.C. before opening this shop. What started you on knitting?

I learned how to knit in college. It was kind of a fad in the women's studies department for a minute... When we moved to Washington, and I knew no one, I joined a knitting club That's where I learned how to be a good knitter!

You also wrote a design book with a friend called Pints and Pearls. What's it about?

It's about knitting in bars. It kind of started as a joke, but it evolved into a real thing.

And it offers good project ideas for beginners, yes?

It's a good book for beginners, because they can start with the four-drink projects and graduate to the designated driver projects.

Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style.