A former knitting instructor, Californian Alana Dakos began designing knitwear in 2009 and has produced the Never Not Knitting pattern line ever since. Alana’s design aesthetic reflects a love of nature and textured stitches. Accessories are equally charming. There are darling sewing kits, too. Note: Patterns on the main site are on Ravelry.
Knitting/Crochet: Straight Needles
WeeOnes makes the very cutest sculpted polymer clay stitch markers, from miniature food to a 2021 inauguration attendees set, only they’re all cats. Cicadas, hedgehogs, glow-in-the-dark jelly fish … all so clever and beautifully done. Polymer critter-topped hooks and needles, too, plus earrings.
Chris is the owner of Little Acorn Crafts. “Little Acorn Crafts is a UK-based business started from a love of knitting, crochet and all things craft,” Chris says. “In my shop you will find a selection of unique gift ideas for someone who has a love of creating already or is just starting to venture out into the knitting, crochet or spinning world.”
Farmer and herder Sue lives a hill farm called Fingland in the Scottish Borders with partner Joe and grandson Callum. Sue has always loved the outdoors and working with animals. In addition to yarn and fibre, Hawkshaw Sheep sells a variety of yarnie accessories, including gorgeous shawl pins.
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, FelinFach sells amazing yarn bowls and notions, including CocoKnits and Cohana.