Squirreled away in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood is Squiggly’s Yarn Shop & Studio. Owned by Rico Blanco, a 36-year knitting veteran bearing matching skull and crossbones tattoos on the inside of each forearm with Knit written underneath the one on his right and Crochet inked on his left, Squiggly’s is a tiny yarn shop that carries everything new and experienced fiber enthusiasts need to practice their craft while also offering a “community” atmosphere for all that visit.
Having only been opened for about two months, Squiggly’s has formed an informal community of friendly knitters of all ages who enjoy stopping into the shop and displaying their latest finished work to Blanco for critique or simply making themselves at home as they pull out their unfinished work and converse with Blanco while knitting or crocheting. Weekly highlights at the yarn shop includes Knit Night on Thursdays, a transplant from the popular “BYOB” knitting sessions originally hosted at the now-closed Evil Squirrel Comics, Knit and Be Fit on Sunday mornings, and Motorcycle Mondays, where adult-themed knit and crochet is encouraged and, which Blanco explained, is a night more geared towards an 18 and over crowd.
Named for the small toy pig that Blanco won in “claw” gaming machine while vacationing in Wyoming many years ago, and appropriately named Squiggly, Squiggly’s Yarn Shop & Studio is located at 1604 West Morse Avenue, two blocks west of Chicago’s Redline Morse train station.
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