Starting tomorrow, there will be a semi- regular new feature! It’s called Indie Business Interviews (wildly clever, I know) and will be a Q & A with behind-the-scenes photos and information of the level 1 sponsors. Each one will talk about how they got started, what their biggest challenges are, and how they are making it work. If you have ever considered starting your own knitting-related indie business, then you are going to love it.
Name: Tanis Fiber Arts
What She is All About: What isn’t she about! Tanis has an amazing range of hand dyed yarns in variegated and tonal colourways and a variety of weights and bases, lots of great patterns, and some fun swag like tote bags and calendars.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Amber Label (Merino/Casmere/Silk DK) in the ‘Iris’ colourway is a perfect example of one her variegated yarns- lot sof depth and stunning blends of colour. Who doesn’t want a tote bag with a beautiful rainbow circle of yarn on it? I want a TFA tote bag!, And the newly available for purchase Tantramar hat pattern- fun and graphic colourwork to keep the winter blahs away.
Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe
What She is All About: Alicia makes amazing all-natural lotion bars and lip balms is a great range of seasonal and classic scents. Fruity, floral, spicy, sweet or unscented- whatever your preference, it’s here.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Jingleberry lotion bar came out just before the holidays (she had a contest on her blog to help name it!), Ribbon Candy lotion bar (her newest!) is so tempting, and in case you are sick of winter already and are dreaming of a tropical getaway, then this Toasted Coconut lip balm will fuel those travel fantasies.
What She is All About: Lise dyes her own yarn and roving, specializes in thrummed kits and self striping sock yarns, and has an alpaca farm.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Purple & Lavender Thrummed slipper sock kit, merino and tencel top roving in a beautiful rose to grey gradient, and 100% natural alpaca yarn (sport weight), from one of the alpacas on her farm- you seriously have to click on over and check it out, because on the listing there is even a photo of the super cute alpaca who it came from!
Name: Knit Circus
What She is All About: beautiful long gradient colours, 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: April Skies Cowl kit, full of great texture and which has all sorts of colour options when you follow the link, a beautiful Autumn Forest gradient skein- wouldn’t that be amazing as a shawl! And some awesome gradient striping socks- I love this Brave at Heart combo.
Name: Andrea Sanchez Knits
What She is all about: Andrea designs all sorts of patterns for women, men, kids and babies- all the patterns have great size ranges, and classic-with-a-twist details.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: the just-released Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend pullover with a great lace diamond design and fun colour blocking, the super sweet baby and kid sized ( the pattern fits kids up to 6) Little Fisher Pullover, and the unisex adult Navajo pullover, which is actually a free pattern!
Name: Fuzzy Mitten
What She is All About: Barbara designs the cutest knitted toys, and has clothing patterns for them, too!
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Easter is not that far away, people- don’t you know someone who would be super excited to find this little bunny and his smart outfit tucked away with some candy? This mama and baby owl are so cute, and that owl and baby could be a million different colour combos, and I’m quite in love this charming puppy with his little white paws and sweater.
Name: Muki Crafts
What She is All About: Super cute accessories for babies, toddlers, kids and adults- all the patterns come in a size range from the littlest people to full grown adults. Everyone is cuter when they are wearing hats and hoods with ears!
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: That adorable fox hoodie also includes a built in cowl! talk about keep your little one extra warm. I love the button up cowl in the center and would totally wear it (don’t forget the pattern includes the adult size too) , and that super sweet polar bear hood is so precious.