Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn

Fabulous Factory Tour


The last morning I was in Colorado, I was just planning to hang out and knit.  I started out by blog and Pinterest surfing.  Then I decided to look at the Schacht website and dream about the loom I’m going to own some day.  I soon realized that the factory is in Boulder.  Then I realized that I was also in Boulder.  I’ll bet you know where this is going!

I quickly made a phone call, showered, and packed my suitcase and the yarn I had strewn all over.  An hour later, I was here:

My tour guide was Denise, and we had a lot of fun!  The factory smells wonderful!  Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cut wood?  Are you ready for lots of photos?

I own a Matchless, so needless to say, that was really intriguing to me.  I have a photo of mine when I got it in 2012.  The wood is much darker now, because cherry darkens as it ages.

Here are a whole bunch of legs for the wheel.

And the wheel itself.  The pieces are glued together and then held under pressure for a couple of days.

This is what it looks like before the final carving is done.

Look at all the fliers.  Denise told me they didn’t very often have that many sitting there.

One thing I thought was interesting is that the employees seemed happy.  They’d smile and say hi when you walked by.  Some of them have been there for more than thirty years.  We walked outside and saw a whole bunch of garden plots.  Any employee can have a plot for their own vegetables and flowers.  The only requirement is that their garden has to be organic.  They also have chickens on the property and if a employee would like, they can take care of them for a week and take all the eggs.

Ok, back to the inside tour.  Look at all these cute Ladybugs!


Oh, one other thing I learned is that the Schacht company has another factory along with this that makes bike bells and mirrors.  Evidently the owner is an avid biker and couldn’t find a mirror he liked, so he decided to make his own.

And then there are the Sidekicks.  I’m seriously considering selling my Kromski Sonata travel wheel and buying one of these.  They use all the same bobbins, etc.  And they fold up and fit in a small bag for travel.



But here’s what really had me jazzed up!  I’m thinking this is the loom I’m going to want some day.  That day may be coming because I finally found a time for the weaving class I want to take.

I left there so excited about a craft that I never thought I wanted to learn.  I’ve been spinning for almost three years, and I just love it.  It’s totally relaxing and I’m creating gorgeous yarn at the same time.  Thanks Denise, for the great tour.

I’ll leave you with a photo of what I started spinning last night.


JuliespinsThe fiber is from JulieSpins.  She’s my all time favorite dyer and supplier.  This fiber is Polwarth, mohair, and silk and it spins like a dream.  It’s called Pumpkin Patch.  Someone commented on Ravelry last night that with Julie’s stuff, what you see on her Etsy page is what you get, or even better.  She does a great job photographing her yarn and fiber.  Go buy some!  You won’t regret it.

Now I need to go be productive.  Or have a nap.  This “middle age” stuff and waking up in the middle of the night is kicking my butt!!!

Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

4 thoughts on “Fabulous Factory Tour

  1. OMG! I LOVE the fiber!!! She has some really wonderful color combos.

    It was great meeting you and I hope you continue to love spinning (and weaving) as much as we do!

  2. Just do it—-jump in and buy a Cricket! I ordered one and took it over to my parents’ house when it came. They come as a kit, but the pieces are very well cut and fit together perfectly—my dad had it together in just a few minutes. It also takes just a few minutes to warp, and then YOU ARE WEAVING!!!!!! With your handspun—SO gratifying. I have a Schacht Matchless too, and I like to buy four ounce braids of handpainted fiber, as you do, and it’s amazing to see the yarns combined in your own handwoven fabrics. I really think that you would love rigid heddle weaving, too and between you and your kids, you will definitely get your money’s worth out of the loom.

  3. Wow! How fabulous! Thank you!!!!

  4. Must have been hard leaving without the loom you’re going to own someday [?]

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