What She is All About: Lise weaves, felts, dyes her own yarn and roving, and specializes in bright and happy thrummed kits and self striping sock yarns. And she has an alpaca farm with some of the cutest alpacas around, and the shop often has natural skeins from these happy alpacas (I’ve met them, they are definitely happy alpacas!).
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love the colours in this hand dyed Bulky weight skein in the ‘Girl’s Weekend’ colourway- it would be perfect for a quick hat or cowl. This merino tencel top roving has been dyed with long gradients in pretty, bright citrus shades;and last but not least undyed Fawn coloured alpaca DK (blended with a bit of bamboo for strength).The alpaca fibers come from one of Lise’s alpacas, Fernando- it’s worth clicking through the photos to see a picture of him!
Name: Tanis Fiber Arts
What She is All About: Tanis has an inspiring range of hand dyed yarns in tonal and variegated colourways, all available in a variety of bases from sturdy merino/nylon blends to luxurious cashmere and silk blends. She also has lots of great patterns, and beautiful notebooks and totebags.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Tanis does beautiful palettes, and actually has a variety of pre-made colour combinations that are perfect for a variety of projects- this is the Sky Palette, in a beautiful range of blues. Newly released is her Lifesavers Cardigan pattern, which features a great rainbow of small stripes. Or you could do ombre stripes, too! Then there is Sprout, a beautifully fresh and bright leaf green that is perfect for Spring. Like most TFA yarns, this colourway is available in 10 different bases, from laceweight to Aran, and in a variety of fiber options.
Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe
What She is All About: Alicia makes luxurious all-natural lotion bars and lip balms using skin-loving ingredients like lanolin, cocoa butter, almond oil, and vitamin E and mango butter. If you haven’t tried a lotion bar before you are missing out! it’s non greasy, and great for air travel (none of this liquid limit problem on planes, where the air is super drying).
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: a bright citrus lotion bar is the perfect pick-me-up for tired hands- I love the kumquat lotion bar. Alicia just launched a new lip balm, French Macaron- I am dying to try it, it sounds delicious! Maybe it will be just like having a macaron, but without the calories? And then there is Sea Moss lotion bar, a scent that is clean, light, and peaceful.
Name: Andrea Sanchez Knits
What She is All about: Andrea specializes in beautiful, flattering-on-everyone patterns for the whole family; with great size ranges and perfect details.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: The Towpath Henley is a versatile and unisex baby sweater that ranges in size from 3 months to 12 years (lots of adorable FOs with this pattern that are very inspiring!). This Mariposa Tee with lovely flutter sleeves and clever back shaping would be perfect for summer, and I love the bright pop of colour at the neck and shoulders of this Whale Watcher sweater (size range is 6 months to 12 years).
Name: Fuzzy Mitten
What She is All About: Barbara designs some of the cutest stuffed toy patterns around, and has patterns for all sorts of clothing for them, too! They are great value, as every pattern comes with instructions for more than just the animal- there’s always something for them to wear, or an accessory or two.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love this bunny puppet pattern, it would be a perfect baby shower gift or baby gift to knit up. This super cute polar bear pattern includes directions for his very stylish cardigan, and did you know that Barbara also has lots of patterns for different clothes for her stuffed animal patterns? This is the bedtime clothing bundle, which includes the pattern for a nightgown pajama top and bottoms, two types of slippers, and a cuddly bunny toy. Perfect for kids who like their toys to have wardrobe options!
Name: Knit Circus
What She is All About: Jaala specializes in extra special long gradient colours, which can be customized for whatever pattern you are thinking of (perfect for sweaters, shawls, or cowls). She also has genius striping gradient sock kits, and some gorgeous cowl and shawl kits in her Etsy shop.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: These lovely gradient striped socks look amazing in the Vampire Boyfriend colourway, full of rich berry tones. I’m so in love with the Rainbow Chromatic Cowl kit that I recent bought my own! I love the rainbow tones paired with the white (and the pattern is free). And did you know Knit Circus has sweater kits that include a gradient skein? This is the Hummingbird variation, and would make a stunning gradient yoke with the deep plum tones for the sweater body.
I loved checking out the new offerings from the sponsors, it’s always so inspiring (And I’m excited to try that rainbow cowl!). I hope you have enjoyed clicking through to see the lovely things in bigger detail, and maybe even got yourself a treat or two!