Joseph’s Coat – A Visit to a Local Yarn Store

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Jo Coat Outside Better

I visited one more yarn store on our trip in September that I have not yet shared with you.  Since tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, this seems a good time to showcase a local yarn store and encourage you to support your own local shop. There were several years that my town didn’t have a local yarn store.  Those were dark days; don’t let it happen to you!

Joseph’s Coat in Missoula is a store for the serious fiber enthusiast.  It carries natural fibers; both unspun fiber as well as hand and commercially spun yarn.  It also carries materials and equipment for knitting and crochet; spinning, dyeing and weaving.

As soon as introduced myself to Janet Sullivan, the owner, she asked if I wanted to sit down and knit.  Unfortunately, my knitting was in the truck in the middle of a downpour.  (How there could be a downpour – many downpours – in Missoula in September is a whole other topic.)  So I poked around and took pictures instead.

Jo Coat local Dyers

Local spinners and dyers are a focus for the store.  There was yarn from Raven Ridge Fiber Arts in Huson, Montana, Palouse Yarn Company in Moscow Idaho, Swan Island Yarns in Maine (I know hardly local but organic and hand-dyed) and more.  Also Montana Bison and Mountain Colors of course.  The yarn was beautiful; I don’t think the picture caught the full splendor of the colors.

Jo Coat Henry's Attic

Joseph’s Coat is the first place I have seen an extensive collection of undyed yarn from Henry’s Attic.  I’ve seen the yarn on-line, or a couple of varieties at a time in person but here, there is a whole wall of it.  The heirloom baby garments in the picture are not made from Henry’s Attic yarn but certainly look like they could be. (It made me long for the days when babies were dressed in neutral shades rather than pink hair ribbons even when they don’t have hair and football jerseys from birth.) Not only were the colors neutral, the fiber was soft wool – very warm and cuddly.

Jo Coat Basics

Janet reports Joseph’s Coat is the only place in Missoula to buy wool fiber to spin.  There are quite a few spinning wheels in the store. A couple are shown in here in front of a large stock of Cascade 220. There was a sock machine which I am sad to say I didn’t get in any of the pictures. Lots of good basic wools from Brown Sheep and Cestari as well as Ultra Alpaca from Berroco.

Jo Coat Hanging Manos

There is also a large stock of yarn from Manos d’Uruguay. I find yarn looks much more interesting when displayed in hanging hanks than in twisted skeins.

If you are in Missoula over the holidays stop in.  Bring your knitting and stay awhile. Say “Hi” to Janet for me.

Joseph’s Coat, 115 South 3rd Street West, Missoula, Montana  59801

(406) 549-1419,

Thanks for dropping by. I’m off to more KnitKnot Adventures.



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DSCN0292Europa Back

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St Clemente Swatch

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082Ebb & Flow Shawl 1A

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Blocking Demo Both Scarves

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