A women's studies and English major at Ohio State University, Clintonville resident Libby Bruce learned how to knit from one of her fellow students.

A women's studies and English major at Ohio State University, Clintonville resident Libby Bruce learned how to knit from one of her fellow students.

"It was kind of a fad in my department -- a lot of the women's studies majors were knitting," Bruce said.

After graduation a few years ago, Bruce moved to Washington, D.C., while her husband pursued his law degree. With no friends in town, Bruce took to knitting, and soon was an employee at a knitting store and a member of a knitting group.

"I just kind of got really into knitting because I didn't have anything else to do," Bruce said.

Bruce has turned that hobby into a career. She recently published a book on knitting and at the end of last year opened Wonder Knit, a yarn and knitting store, with friend Karen Brackbill.

Bruce's book, "Pints and Purls," is set to be released April 9 and already is available through online retailers.

The book, Bruce said, stemmed from an inside joke among the members of her Washington knitting group, which met regularly in a bar.

"The patterns are broken down into chapters based on how drunk you can be and still knit them," Bruce said. "It was a joke we had, and it just kind of evolved into a real thing."

Bruce has carried that light-hearted look at knitting into her store, 3165 N. High St. The store has several knitting groups, one of which is a happy-hour knitting group. During that group, participants are invited to bring their own beverage to drink while they work.

Bruce said her goal is to make knitting fun and appeal to less traditional knitters, such as younger people and men.

"The goal is to just make knitting fun and accessible," she said.

The store also focuses on quality, carrying mostly organic, eco-friendly yarns in natural fibers, many of which are from small farms, Bruce said.

"We really just want to appeal to people who are interested in the craft and the quality," Bruce said.

The store is open Monday and Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to knitting groups, it also offers classes for knitters of all levels, Bruce said.

More information can be found about Wonder Knit online at www.WonderKnit.com.