Amy Loberg (FiberWild!)
I learned to knit as a small child by my grandmother. I didn’t knit much as a kid but picked up my needles about 17 years ago and have not set the down! Well, long story short, with the support from my mother Sarabel, and big sisters Anne and Jane, all of whom are addicted knitters, and my husband Sean, and I opened FiberWild! just before Memorial Day weekend in May of 2004.
How in the world … did I end up in a yarn store in Galena you ask? Well, back around 1996, my husband and I were living in suburban Chicago, and visited Sean’s parents outside of Galena. We fell in love with the rolling hills and historic small town, and eventually purchased a “farm”, where we started spending as many weekends as possible. We had always talked about “moving to the farm one day”, and “getting out of the concrete jungle”. So after 15 years as a Facilities Engineer at a manufacturing plant, and Sean’s exhaustion from traveling internationally, we decided to make the “big move”.
Sean set out to look for opportunities in Galena, to either buy a business or start something, when I called him and suggested we open a yarn store. I believe his first question was “what’s a yarn store?” I simply explained that it was one of those stores that I would drag him into, and he would immediately decide there was nothing for him, turn around and look for a tavern.
“In business with your husband?” you ask, What? … am I crazy? Sean and I have figured out how to use our strengths and stay out of each others way (most of time). Sean likes to say he “knows everything about knitting, except how to knit”. He takes care of the marketing, website, accounting, helps out on busy Saturday afternoons, and takes the trash out on Monday nights. I focus on helping our customers, teaching classes, ordering the fun stuff, making unique patterns and knitting samples.
Scout, our kitty has become a big part of our yarn store community!
Drop a note or call if we can help! … Amy