About The Sow's Ear

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Locally owned and operated since 2000, The Sow’s Ear is the Midwest’s first combined yarn store and coffee shop!

The warm & inviting atmosphere of The Sow’s Ear is the perfect place to relax, sip a drink and grab a bite to eat while knitting your next masterpiece or just relaxing with friends. Our friendly staff prides itself on providing excellent service, camaraderie and knitting assistance if needed. We love our customers and look forward to meeting you!

"Love the Sow's Ear! It's my home away from home. The atmosphere there is so inviting & comfortable."

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Our Coffee

Our selection of Ancora coffee varies by week as the freshest roasts and latest specials are brought in.

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Our Yarn

"This is my favorite yarn shop in the area! Everyone working there is friendly and knowledgable, and their selection is great. It also is a local yarn shop so I feel better about spending a little bit more money there."

Our Team

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General Manager/Co-owner
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General Manager
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Cafe Manager
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Yarn Manager
The Sow’s Ear mourns the recent passing of beloved employee Don Himpel. Many of you knew Don as our yarn manager or simply as a smiling, friendly face at the yarn counter. Don came to us as a customer almost ten years ago, after relocating to the Madison area from Los Angeles. A longtime customer, Don became a Sow’s Ear employee in 2017. We knew Don to be a loving husband and father and our hearts are with his family.
Don had many crafty interests. He was a master of brioche knitting and enjoyed teaching classes at the Sow’s Ear, including the Dead or Alive fish hat. He loved Stephen West patterns and participated in many Stephen West knitalongs. He championed the men’s craft night on Wednesday evenings. Don launched a side business, Papa Sews Too, five years ago, utilizing his longtime sewing skills. His beautiful projects bags were sold locally at the Sow’s Ear and Knitcircus and online at his Etsy shop. A native of Kansas, Don was also a lover of country music.
We are heartbroken with this too sudden loss and plan to remember Don with a memorial gathering soon. Much love to Don’s family.