Meet our owner and staff – we are here to assist you and help with all your projects and supply needs.
Sheri Lynn and David Cohen
Sheri and David had no intention of opening a yarn store in Columbia Falls – or anywhere else – that fateful May of 2018. However, when the space on Nucleus Avenue opened up, Barbara Jenkins – the owner of the Barber Shop next door – contacted them and insisted they open a shop. With further encouragement from other local businesses, they went for it.
Originally it was to be the new home for Genesis Kitchen – but that did not pan out and they had the space. So they drew on Sheri’s professional knitting work and, coupled with a shortage of retail and crafting shops in Columbia Falls, this led to the yarn shop. They both felt this was the best use of the space to serve the community.
Where did the name come from?
Sheri and David were perusing a local topo map and found Brave Dog Mountain just northeast of Essex, Montana. It was an immediate fit for the yarn shop – Brave Dog Knits.
How did you decide which yarns to carry?
Sheri’s personal knitting preferences revolve around fine natural animal fibers, local yarns, and yarns produced in the USA. She followed her knitting needles and curated a wide selection of both animal (different wool breeds, alpaca, yak…) and plant (cotton, nettle, bamboo…) fiber yarns.
The Cohen’s live in Columbia Falls, where they also own Genesis Kitchen, right down the street!
Sheri began to crochet as a child. She learned to knit in 2010 after a yarn store owner informed her husband that knitting uses 30% less yarn than crochet. She knit her first pair of socks within a month and hasn’t put down her needles since due to the great relief it brings to her general well-being! Sheri loves to work with natural wool.
Holly is an avid fiber enthusiast who took up knitting as a way to stay crafty while working seasonally with the National Park Service. Twenty years and about 500 hand-knit hats later, she is now happy to spend a day a week in Brave Dog Knits sharing her love of all woolly things.
Jaimie knits for artistic expression and mental well-being. She works at BDK seasonally, but continues to knit in her spare time during the rest of the year while she attends university. Jaimie has been knitting since she was about ten years old, taught by her mother and at school. She took a hiatus and picked up the needles again when BDK first opened and hasn’t put them down since!
Ann is a dedicated lover of yarnie things & has been knitting for more than 20 years. She loves bold & bright colors, interesting techniques, and the way that knitting and crocheting trick you into doing math. She is happy to spend any time she’s able to at Brave dog knits, at least two days a week.
Our original Brave Dog! Beans is an elderly female New Mexican chihuahua with a hilarious and communicative personality. She loves to work in both of our shops (BDK and GK) happily greeting customers and napping on any of Ann’s belongings.
Mayn & Gia BadCat
Mayn (the tuxedo) and Gia BadCat (black cat) are some of the best knitters cats, they stay away from the yarn (for the most part), and always check to see how much cat and knitting can fit in my lap at any given time.
Honey is the newest member of the clowder, she keeps out of the yarn, but always wants to test any knitting potential as a bed.
Stitch came to us just a few years ago from unknown origins. She is a highly intelligent senior Rat Terrier that is in charge of our entire pack, ruling with a steely stare. She does not leave Sheri’s side without serious trauma, and can be found in BDK napping on the high chair behind the register when Sheri is in the shop.
Pearl is half chihuahua and half rat terrier and is a youngster. She is learning the ropes of how to behave herself in both BDK and GK. If you see her, approach slowly down low and you will enjoy her sweet intelligent nature!