Meet Cheryl Pasque
Spending time with Cheryl Pasque is a complete and utter sensory experience. Her shop, the Woolery Mammoth, is a treasure trove of colors and textures. Upon entering, you will often hear the sound of knitting or the small loom clicking or the regular ssshhhhssshhh of someone spinning. There is always a bowl of chocolates on a table by the comfy red leather chairs. (The chairs and chocolate are there to offer a brief respite from all the things one imagines making when looking around the shop.)
Cheryl has whatever you might need to knit, to crotchet, to tat, to spin, to felt, or to weave. She even has supplies and instructions for kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding. Cheryl Pasque also has patience and expertise. She can teach a beginner how to crotchet and can figure out how to undo your latest knitting mess before getting you back on the pattern.
Cheryl opened the Woolery Mammoth in 2005 and her fans seem to remember that it moved around a fair amount those first few years. Now the shop is conveniently located next to the post office - look for the small blue house with the lovely shade tree. Yes, it is a small house and yes, it is filled to the rafters with all sorts of fiber: wool, cotton, silk, and more. So much more. Talking with Cheryl about the vast range of materials she carries, she explains technology has actually enhanced choices for knitters by allowing for more complex dying of yarn. And Cheryl also explains that one of her favorite parts of the business is interacting with customers and their projects.
So if you are inclined to start a sweater or want to learn to tat, talk with Cheryl. Even if you aren't interested in knitting, it does one good to sit in the red chairs and soak up all those wonderful colors, especially on a cloudy afternoon.
About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.