Castlemaine, Australia, maker Mavis says, “It’s my honor to make (and find) quirky and cute things that make life easier and more funnerer for knitters, crocheters and the people who love them. Plus jewelry now, too, because why not. I am particularly fond of skulls, cats and hearts and you’ll find them in a lot of my work.”
Canadian dyer and accessory shop Thread and Maple seeks to incorporate natural materials into its products such as cotton, leather, cork, and of course maple. In addition to Thread and Maple products, the shop carries Chiaogoo needles and Lykke tools such as winders and swifts.
Chicago LYS Nina opened in 2004. Nina, the original owner, had a vision of an inviting and contemporary space, and she filled it with beautiful textures, colors and lots of inspiration. After nearly 13 years, the shop transitioned into the hands of Hilary, a longtime employee and lover of all things crafty. Great yarn from Movers & Makers and others, sewing patterns, embroidery and more.
JessaLu says, “SbJL is a one-woman craft based business that came into being when, in 2008, I noticed that I couldn’t find many geek-themed project bags for my knitting. I decided (with some prodding from friends) that I wanted to move away from the paralegal and office management work I had been doing for decades and start my own business. Since then, SbJL has grown from offering only box bags to offering four different shapes and many more sizes of project bags, along with in-house fabric designs and monthly exclusive prints.”
This Lush Corner is a shop in the mountains of Australia that sells products with a focus on sustainability and ethical labor and animal care practices. In addition to stocking great yarns and patterns, This Lush Corner has beautiful, ethically sourced accessories.
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.