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Preview: Fix your sweaters and get caffeinated at the Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop

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I don't know about you, but when it finally got cold this winter, I had to pull all my sweaters out of mothballs or, rather, lack of mothballs. Which means that some of them came out of storage holey. Do you have holey sweaters, too? Or a favorite woolen scarf worn by time and use? Fingerless mittens that aren't supposed to be that way? Now you can fix 'em: Jaime Kopke, who once inspired Denverites with her interactive pop-up Denver Community Museum before leaving town for graduate school, is back in town and, with coffee fanatic Megan Quicke and Novo Coffee, is hosting a Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop, the first of what she hopes will become a series of similar community events.

Artful repairs go down on January 29 at Novo's roasting facility, 3008 Larimer Street.

"I've done a lot of traveling, and one of the themes I'm seeing a lot is the idea of design repair: events celebrating repair where the repairs remain visible. It's better than throwing things away," says design-savvy and eco-conscious Kopke, who is a consultant for museums and institutions that are seeking ways to offer more participatory programming.

At the Woolly Repair Shop, participants will be able to drop in, schmooze over a cup of really good coffee at community tables and use simple felting techniques to repair old woolen winter-wear, either for their own use or to donate to local shelters. Felting supplies will be provided for a cost of $2 per piece, and you're invited to bring as many items to repair as you like; Kopke and Quicke will also offer home repair kits for a fee to take home.

Kopke says reservations are not required for this all-ages event, but is asking for an RSVP if possible by January 16, to plan ahead for supplies. If you'd like to attend, e-mail Kopke or Quicke to RSVP.

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