Amanda Kaffka of Vancouver is the force behind The Crafty Jackalope. Amanda learned to knit on arbutus twigs when she was six and hasn’t looked up since. She has been caught knitting at traffic lights, cafés and beaches, but her backyard is her favorite place to knit, alongside her husband and Kitty.
Knitting/Crochet: Needle Cases
FelinFach Natural Textiles is an independent Welsh company based at a 200-year-old former flour mill in the Preseli mountain area of Pembrokeshire. In addition to beautiful natural-dye yarns and readymade items, FelinFach sells amazing yarn bowls and notions, including CocoKnits and Cohana.
Kitty is the creator behind the well-made project bags, stitch markers and more at Candy Skull Crafts. “I’ve faced a lot in my (many!) years,” Kitty says. “I’m now a wheelchair user due to hEDS and POTs, which are disorders of the connective tissue and autonomic nervous system. When I was spending a lot of time in hospital I decided to stop focusing on what I could no longer so & start doing something positive. … I now use my creative side as positive mental therapy.”
Emma is a self-taught jewelry designer from a small village near Bridgend in South Wales. Atomic Knitting has been designing knitting stitch markers, fripperies and useful notions for knitters and crocheters since 2006. Atomic Knitting stitch markers have been featured in knitting magazines, online and wholesaled to over 45 yarn stores worldwide. Atomic Knitting specializes in Swarovski & Preciosa crystals and metal work and has an array of designs to suit every style and budget. Customer commissions are a firm favorite and with many years of experience in providing excellent customer service, Emma can create bespoke pieces just for you.
Originally a maker of handmade wood needles and crochet hooks, DyakCraft is now primarily a maker of interchangeable needles and hooks. Most are metal, created from molds based on the original woods after their primary wood source was destroyed by fire, although the handmade wood tools are making a comeback. DyakCraft also sells cloth cases for interchangeable sets. “We use our hands to craft the tools destined to be held in your hands. We design all our tools to be beautiful to the eye and comfortable in the hand,” the site says. Spectacularly beautiful needles and hooks, with cool coated wire cables. Equally lovely spindles.