Ah, March! It’s already feeling like spring around here, and for those of you who still have snow, you know it’s not too far away.
Name: Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts
What They Are All About: Ancient Arts yarns has a huge selection of hand dyed tonal, variegated and speckled colourways. Each colourway is offered in a variety of bases (most from bulky to laceweight, plus a variety of fiber bases within each weight), so you can totally customize for whatever project you have in mind. There is also their very special Meow Collection and Woof Collection, which are colourways inspired by cat and dog breeds and a portion of the sales are donated to Best Friends Animal Society to help animals in need. Knitting AND helping animals? Check and check.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Waterlily is a beautiful colourway that would look amazing in a knit that’s just right for welcoming spring. All the Secret Places is a stunning mix of cool blues from light to dark and would be especially lovely in a textured or lacy knit. She Sells Sea Shells is a perfect blend of sandy beiges and watery blues that would be perfect for almost anything.
What They are all about: Alecia and Rob make amazing project bags, project clutches, totes, spindle bags, needle and hook rolls (even for dpns and interchangeables), and zip pouches that are full of clever details. Project bags come with interior yarn guides that have a snap on them, so your yarn feeds through cleanly, but you can change out the yarn or project any time you like. And they are all sturdily built, with fleece interfacing and solid bottoms that ensure the bags stand up well on their own, once a project is inside. If you haven’t tried one of their bags, you are missing out- every detail is perfection. Only a few are made of each print displayed, so if you see something, move fast! And don’t forget- They are offering 10% off everything in the shop with the code KNITTEDBLISS.
psst- for those who participated in the project bag vote, the Harajuku Garden ended up being sold out, so I went with the Giant Octopi!
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: One photo of the outside doesn’t do any of these justice- I recommend clicking through to see photos of the interiors of all of these. First up is one of the brand new needle wallet/mini organizer. This is perfect for when you are taking just a couple needle sizes with you on the go (or to keep in a project bag), and is especially useful when you are knitting projects that require multiple needle sizes, and/or circulars and dpns. It just feels good to have everything you need for you project all in one place. Then there is the interchangeable needle roll, which is way nicer than the plastic case those needles came in. It even has a mini pocket sewn in for motions and those cable end things! The large project clutch in the black and white sheep print and contrasting red zipper is perfect for corralling your WIP in style.
Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe
What She is All About: Alicia makes incredible 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 travel (especially airplanes- none of this liquid limit problem on planes, where the air is super drying).
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: orange and rosemary essential oils come together in this crisp, refreshing lotion bar that will leave your hands butter soft and your mind feeling a little more alert. I cannot say enough good things about the sheep shaped goat’s milk soap that Alicia makes- and it even makes my daughter more excited to wash her hands. This Sea Moss scent smells like a garden by the sea, after it rains. The French Macaron lip balm is currently in my purse. It is really moisturizing and tastes like a delicious treat from an special bakery- what more could you ask for from a lip balm!
Name: The Blue Brick
What She is All About: Shireen is a professional photographer (you can tell from the photos!), and she takes her yarn inspiration straight from the images she captures. These yarns are all hand dyed in small batches (you can read more about the yarn here). Each skein of yarn is sent out with a copy of the photo that inspired it- a really beautiful detail that makes me marvel even more at how she can dye the yarn to so closely resemble the photos! And Shireen also designs beautiful patterns, as well.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Winter Wheat, currently available in Worsted weight and DK, with warm greys and biscuit tones that seem like the embodiment of coziness. Night Heron, right blue green teals that are more lagoon than yarn, currently available in worsted, DK, and a single ply merino. And a brand new, stunning gradient colourway- Rose, which is an ombre dream of gold and pink tones; currently available in worsted, DK, sock yarn, and a single ply merino.
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! I knit a lot of toys, and Barbara’s patterns are my favourite. 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. All are exceptionally priced, too- I doubt you’ll find anything cuter or as good a deal for knitted toy patterns.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: The Rainy Day Turtle is perfect for spring, and also happens to be my daughter’s favourite knitted toy- although she prefers to strip him of his hat, shell, and boots. And is it just me, or do you also know some soon-to-be new parents? I’m thinking these flat foot floogies are a great knitted baby toy, especially since I’m rediscovering how much babies love chewing on fabric. And then how cute are these backyard bandits! The pattern comes with directions for all three animals, as well as the little chicken they are roasting.