Joan and Lou Slyker met in Southeast Michigan, married in 1970, and bought a small cottage on the shores of Torch Lake in 1980. When Joan retired from her “real job,” she was able to start her next career. Using her passion for knitting and her gift of working with people, in 2010, she opened The Warm Fuzzy in Alden, Michigan. I’m sure she had no idea of the impact she would have on this community and that her yarn shop would live on after cancer took her life much too soon.

      What Joan did was “build community.” She did that by inviting anyone who walked in the shop to pull up chair and knit for a while. It did not take long before several times were reserved for “sit and knit” groups. Help was available any time you walked in the store.  

      It is said that there is power when a group of people with similar interests get together. Lou recognized this when Joan died and the people she touched wanted to keep The Warm Fuzzy open. Today, Joan’s long-time friend, Sue Archer, manages the shop. Either she or Leta Male (the sock expert) will be there to help you choose yarn or answer questions.