Today we feature Wolseley Wool, the local yarn store owned by Mona Zaharia and Odessa Reichl. They have been great supporters of our Festival from the beginning, and continue to find new ways to add to our success. Thanks, ladies!
What do you offer in your store?
We sell yarn, fibre, books, magazines, needles, hooks, wheels, looms and even more fibre related things we can’t think of right now. We (Mona & Odessa) own the store together and love to make a space for fibre lovers to feel at home. We just moved to a bright new space at 889 Westminster Avenue and we are so excited to share it with all of you.
How did you get started in fibre arts ?
Mona: I learned how to knit from my oma, it was a life skill learned along with cooking and gardening. She used her knitting to relax at the end of the day, secure in the knowledge that she was still accomplishing something. I continued to knit simple things until I started working at a yarn shop when I was 18 and then my fibre world exploded and I knew that one of my life goals was to own a yarn shop.
Odessa: I got started knitting when a friend and I just decided to give knitting a go about 15 years ago and it stuck! I became involved with Wolseley Wool a bit over 5 years ago shortly after Mona expanded the store. She asked if I’d come on board and it’s been an amazing time!
What inspires the work you do and things you create?
Mona: Inspiration comes from all around me; from the talented people that I work with, our customers sharing their projects and of course the beautiful yarns that surround me every day. I love the community aspect of my work, sharing what I know with others and continually learning from those around me.
Odessa: What inspires me is helping our customers to realize their creative potential. Finding the perfect materials for that special project that really lights a spark and leads to more making and experimenting and just having fun with yarn & fibre. Personally I am really inspired by colour – colour is so important to a project and is where I always start.
Do you have a favourite creation?
Mona: Each and every project is a new experience and for that I love each one. I am very proud of one particular coat/shrug that I made because I spun the yarn and knit it and it actually worked out quite well.
Odessa: This seriously changes with every thing I make. It always feels like my new favourite! Right now it’s a hat I just finished. But my absolute all-time favourite thing I’ve made was a pair of socks for my son. He had to come to work with me for a bit and I showed him how to dye yarn. I let him make his own skein and made them into socks that he just loves.
Stop in to the Wolseley Wool booth at the festival to say hello and thanks to Mona, Odessa, and their crew.