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Madtosh is just down the street from Fort Worth?s world-class art museums--the Carter, the Kimbell and the Modern--a fitting location for knitting if there ever were one.

Because at this relatively new store, it?s obvious that art serves as inspiration not only for its owner but also for the crafting devotees who flock here.

Opened in April by Amy Hendrix (who also helms the popular online yarn store MadelineTosh), this emporium is a haven for knitters and sewing mavens, with its treasure trove of vibrant fabrics like those from Denyse Schmidt?s Chicopee line and patterns from Clever Charlotte.

With a rainbow-hued fabric wall as a backdrop, local crafters coalesce to crochet, quilt, learn sock-knitting tricks or simply delight in the convivial environment. And as a recent class can attest, cookies and lemon squares from Feastivities only add to the festivities.

Throw in a slew of hard-to-find products (Sashiko supplies? Check!) and you?d be mad not to visit the store.

Even for those of us who knit brows more often than projects, one look at the yummy yarns here may be all it takes to become a purl girl soon enough.

Madtosh, 4119 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-420-9366 or madtosh.com

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