The Knitcircus Crew
Knitcircus celebrates a passion for knitting and the delight of beautiful yarn. Our twin goals of providing delightful hand-dyed yarns and quality jobs in a good work environment drive every decision we make. Knitcircus business partners Jaala Spiro and Amy Detjen are constantly inspired by other knitters and designers, and their devotion to high-quality yarns and innovative dyeing techniques keep things at Knitcircus fresh and exciting.
Every person on the Knitcircus team has responsibility for essential tasks and helps with prepping, rinsing, dyeing, skeining or labeling the yarn, and each one brings unique abilities to the studio. Join us for social fun on the Knitcircus Facebook page and Ravelry Group and as Knitcircus on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.
The Knitcircus Crew
Dyer Jaala Spiro is a little obsessed with self-striping yarns, and dyes all of the USA and UK-made fibers with love in Wisconsin. Jaala's fascination with dyeing has led to the creating the Gradient Stripes and Impressionist yarn dyeing techniques, which you can only find at Knitcircus! She's shown here with official Studio greeter Sasha. Find her on Ravelry as jaaladay, instagram as jaaladay1, Facebook as Jaala Spiro and Pinterest as Knitcircus Yarns.
Nationally-known knitting teacher and author Amy Detjen joined Knitcircus in 2014 and as Special Projects Manager, her charm, knowhow and hard work keep the organization on track. Undyed dog Jethro visits the studio from time to time. Find her on Ravelry and Instagram as AmyDetjen and Facebook as Amy Detjen. Her website is Amy Detjen Knits.
Amy J can move yarn from freshly-dyed to ship-ready faster than anyone and keeps track of club and trunk show shipments. A wonderful knitter, she was Jaala's very first employee and we're lucky to have her at Knitcircus.
Shari carefully tracks and packages every incoming and outgoing order, and prepares yarn for dyeing each day. We would be lost without her.
Tashi keeps our machines humming along, manages all dry yarn processing, and basically knows how to work and fix everything in the Studio. For you Firefly fans, she's our Kaylee.
Katie manages the Studio Store, online store, dyes and processes yarn, plans shows and events with Amy D and can perform pretty much any other job in the Studio. She's amazing. When you come into the store, you're very likely going to get to talk with Katie about choosing yarn for your projects!
Emily, our assistant dyer, comes highly recommended from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studies textile design and production. Her sense of humor and style comes in very handy and we often press her into service as a model for handknit patterns!
Bug, incredibly competent dyer, dry processor and pet lover, is indispensible in the dye studio. This classically-trained dyer and self-taught spinner always has great ideas for improving the dyeing process.
Liz is an expert knitter and knitting teacher who comes by way of beloved LYS The Sow's Ear. She can dye, dry process, blog, social media and work the store with the best!
Since it's a small business, everyone's intelligence and flexibility are key to our success. Each person sets her own schedule, and if a child is sick or something happens, we accommodate! Maintaining a family-friendly workplace is key. Oh, and did we mention that every single one is a knitter?
Knitcircus Studio and Store
Visit the Knitcircus Studio and Store to see and touch all of your favorite colorways in person. You'll find store-only colors and sales and products by local craftspeople like potter Jenny Blasen.
You'll find us at 634 Grand Canyon Drive in Madison, Wisconsin (turn into the driveway after the Mermaid Carwash and drive all the way to the back). Store hours are: Mondays & Wednesdays 11-3, Tuesdays & Thursdays 11-5, Fridays 10-3 and some Saturdays 12-5: 10/1, 10/15, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Check the calendar for classes and special events, and call 608-841-1421 if you'd like to schedule a tour or class for your knitting group (we're happy to schedule an event for any group of four or more).
Knitcircus is committed to luxury fibers, vibrant colors and supporting independent small businesses.
Jaala began publishing the Knitcircus print magazine in 2005, then switched to an online format beginning with Issue #9. Knitcircus ran through 2012 and Jaala is deeply grateful to everyone who read, contributed, tech-edited, and created graphics for the magazine. When the online pattern world became too crowded, she switched to yarn dyeing and has never looked back! Unfortunately, patterns from the magazine are no longer available from this site, but all rights have reverted to the designers, so check with them if you want to track something down!