Finnish maker Kai creates wooden craft accessories from blockers and blocking boards to buttons to looms.
Knitting/Crochet: Sock Blockers
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.
Vicky is the Ukrainian maker behind D19 EcoFriendly Life. “A miracle happened in my life: my son Vladik appeared,” Vicky says. “I want my child to live on a green zero waste planet. I decided that he would have only beautiful and safe things. … I would like every family to have such items.” This shop is a personal favorite. The quality and customer service are impeccable.