When shopping as a knitter or for a knitter this year you may want to think local. Here in Vancouver we have some great local dyers and designers and it’s oh so nice to support the home team. I give you my own personal short list:
1. SweetGeorgia: I have LONG been a fan of Felicia’s stunning hand dyed yarns and Urban Yarns now carries a great selection of her sock yarn, fairy floss, chunky, and worsted weights. It’s a wonderful rainbow to behold! The chunky is perfect for those quick last minute gifts too!
2. Jane Richmond: Jane hails from Vancouver Island and girl can design a knit! Combine one of her great sock weight sweater patterns with some SweetGeorgia Tough Love and you’ve got yourself some magic to put under the tree.
3. Urban Yarns Designers: Urban Yarns is quickly cultivating a mighty list of designers including Michael, Amanda, and I, as well as alum like Annie Sue and Emily Wessel. Between us there are designers for every yarn, size, and taste. From simple to fancy, lace to bulky, and in a wide range of sizes there is a pattern that best suits you.
4. Gourmet Crafter Yarn: Need a special pair of socks? Check out my Gourmet Crafter Yarn. It has a hint of cashmere for wonderful softness and colourways are based upon a local (or Canadian) sight. Each skein has a tag with the photo attached, making it a great gift.
Free pattern showcase: Antler Hat. This cabled number is perfect for every boy and girl on Santa’s route!