About Us

Located in Historic Downtown Laramie, Cowgirl Yarn is a fiber-lover’s paradise. Our unique collection of scrumptious yarns, luxurious needles, fashion-forward patterns, one-of-a-kind accessories and oodles of inspiration provides the ideal home for any and all knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners. Along with tried and true brand favorite yarns, we are proud to offer a large and exclusive selection of yarns and fibers that are produced here in Wyoming.
Cowgirl Yarn gives fiber people from around the Wyoming area a place to gather, share ideas and create gorgeous things together. Our emphasis on the local not only makes us a unique store, it fosters a sense of home and awareness of what Wyoming has to offer.
Hours Mon 7-9 pm | Tue-Fri 10:30 am-6 pm | Sat 10 am-5 pm | Sun by appt
Location 119 East Ivinson in Laramie, Wyoming 82070
Contact 307.755.YARN (9276) | howdy@cowgirlyarn.com

Meet our Team

Lori Kirk--Owner, Fiber Wrangler
Who taught you to knit/crochet/spin/felt?
My daughter, Gwen, taught me to knit and my daughter Grace taught me to purl.   Debbie in California talked me into crocheting.  I would sit at my son Garrett’s, Gymnastics lessons six hours a week and needed something to do with me hands. Customers, Izzy and Billie Jo, and Deb Tewell have all challenged and inspired me in my felting.  I have not tried spinning – yet.
What is your favorite fiber or fiber blend to work with? 
I am currently loving the 100 % flax. I am making a set of dishtowels from this yarn and am so surprised and intrigued by the way the fiber reacts to use and washing. 
Who and what inspires you? 
All the wonderful customers I see everyday.  I love their creativity, inspiration and enthusiasm. They always have something exciting going on and are eager to share their ideas with me. 
Are there any prized tools in your collection?
I have a hand turned crochet hook made by Bob, and a Yarn spindle  hand made by Larry. These pieces are so special because they were made with me in mind and I could not appreciate that more. 
What is your favorite place to work on projects?
When the weather turns to the gorgeous Laradise summer, sitting outside on the shop's back patio is the best place to catch a few rays, enjoy the breeze and get a few rows done on my latest project. 
What is your favorite thing about living in Laramie? 
The community here is so great to be a part of. The downtown is thriving and it is wonderfully fun to be down here with such great people. The summers in Laramie just can't be beat either. 

 

Maureen Johnson--Shop Gal, Instructor
Who taught you to knit/crochet/spin/felt?
My mom taught me to crochet when I was seven and my grandmother reinforced those skills as I continued to grow. I was supposed to take a learn to knit class when I was ten but we had a huge snowstorm the day of the class so I couldn't go. I couldn't take no for an answer and then taught myself from a book that same day. Years later I taught myself to spin on a drop spindle and just recently bought my first wheel.
What is your favorite fiber or fiber blend to work with?
I'm a sucker for rustic wool so I'm huge fan of the Mountain Meadow Wool Laramie blend, the Tronstad ranch yarn Lopi. At the moment, I've fallen hard for summery blends of cotton, bamboo and linen. 
Who and what inspires you?
Yarn itself is always inspiring, each ball or skein has so many possibilities but mostly I am inspired by the people I interact with daily from customers to friends to family. Each person has different needs and ideas about their clothing and nothing could be more inspiring to me than that constant variety. 
Are there any prized tools in your collection?
I have a few knitting needles from my great grandmother's collection as well as some embroidery hoops of hers that I just can't part with. My most prized tool has to be my Woolmakers Bliss Spinning wheel because I saved for months to have it and its modern look and smooth mechanics are unmatched!
What is your favorite place to work on projects?
I love working in coffee shops because of the availability of caffeine but you'll find me just about anywhere around town working on projects from CGY to LCCC to The Crowbar. 
What is your favorite thing about living in Laramie?
The sights, the sounds and the people. After growing up in the flat lands of rural Illinois, I don't think the sight of the mountains out my window will ever get old. The rush of the trains on the tracks here late at night lull me to sleep and the people of Laramie are some of the kindest I've ever met. 
Kate Tucker--Shop Gal, Instructor
Who taught you to knit/crochet/spin/felt?
My friend Katie Christensen taught me to knit in 2008. I made my first hat with Brown Sheep worsted yarn and Brittany needles I had purchased from Lori. This spring I participated in the Wet Felting Workshop at Cowgirl Yarn taught by Deb Tewell. I have so many ideas from that class; I’m excited to play more with felting.
What is your favorite fiber or fiber blend to work with?
Right now I love Mountain Meadows Wool, Amano alpaca blends, Phyxdeaux wool-silk blends, and the new Wonderland Yarn colors we just got in the shop.
Who and what inspires you?
Getting to see all the different projects our customers are working on. I love getting to help people as they pick out a new project or tackle an existing one. I get to see things through their eyes: How would they pair colors? How would they change the shape of that collar? It lets me step outside my own brain and see things fresh.
Are there any prized tools in your collection?
I have some knitting needles that used to belong to my grandmother, I rarely use them but they are special to me because she knit our cherished sweaters with them. I love my Addi-Click set, but I have so many different projects going I think I need a second one! 
What is your favorite place to work on projects?
We moved into a new home last summer and I can finally have my own dedicated craft space! I’m still settling in, but I’m enjoying the process of making it mine. 
What is your favorite thing about living in Laramie?
The mountains, the air, the light, being able to walk and bike to most places, having access to good food, and being in a university town. Oh, did I mention the mountains?
 

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