The doors have been flung open today at Fibre Frolic in Kurrajong Village.
This crafter's paradise has been a labour of love for owners Sharon and Paul Holstein, whose shelves are loaded with Australian wool and hand-dyed yarns from around New South Wales and Tasmania, with more to come. Also included in the range are fibres for spinning, and gifts of beauty and function such as bags, cushions, candles and more.
Sharon's plans to open her very own knitting and craft shop have been in place for many years, with bushfire, flood and pandemic no match for her adventurous spirit as she planned her opening day.
She says, "It's been busy! I've been planning this in my head for hundred years. It's been a lifelong dream. I looked for premises to lease everywhere; Richmond, Windsor, and all the way up the mountains, searching for the right spot. Recently, I renewed my search hoping for something in Kurrajong, and there it was! I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, that's it.'"
For Sharon, knitting and quality Australian yarns are so much more than just a hobby, with a love for the craft going back generations and becoming a part of her family heritage.
She explains, "My grandmother taught me how to knit, when I was five, with nails and string. I've been knitting ever since."
With knitting surging back into popularity in recent times for crafters young and old, Sharon's passion for the craft has triumphed today, manifesting in a cosy Kurrajong Village store with perfect timing. Locals have surged to welcome Sharon and Paul, browsing the store and stopping by for a chat as the happy day continues.
Grasping her family locket close, she says, "They say that a rainy day is good luck on your wedding day. Perhaps it's also good luck for an opening day!"
Fibre Frolic is open today at 83a Old Bells Line of Rd, Kurrajong.
They can be found on Facebook at this link (opens in a new tab).