As you know here at KnitIQ we specialise in all hooky, knitty, blocky things. Have you seen our new storage bags yet, we are thrilled with them:
Twelve Days of Knitmas
And we also have more than a soft spot for all other things that make up our yarny world. In much the same way that we have a soft spot for tea and crumpets in front of the fire at this time of year. This is why we thought it might be nice to wordplay on The Twelve Days of Christmas replacing such silliness as gold rings - who wants gold when they can have yarn?! - with yarn-related loveliness. However, please don't expect it to rhyme though as lyricists we are not..
And at the end of our prose you will see a carefully curated collection of favourite craft & yarn related goodies including some of the KnitIQ family's favourite suppliers, which reflects our love for small, individual businesses and we want to support them as much as we can.
So, without further ado, all together now:
🎄 On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Twelve yarny tools to hang from our lovely Christmas tree. 🧶
🎄 On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Eleven sets of needles so I'm armed for all eventualities. 🧶
🎄 On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Ten mini skeins for warm socks and gloves to keep me very toasty. 🧶
🎄 On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
A lovely wooden swift and 8 pegs for winding up all my yarn. 🧶
🎄 On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Eight blocking accessories to encourage finishing all my WIP's. 🧶
🎄 On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Seven stitch holders (again for all my WIP's). 🧶
🎄 On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Six hand dyed skeins to make a Christmas sweater just for meeee. 🧶
🎄 On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Five golden rings (well five golden stitch markers). 🧶
🎄 On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Four pattern books for next years yarn itinerary. 🧶
🎄 On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Three lovely project bags for storing all my WIP's. 🧶
🎄 On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
Two hours virtual shopping at my favourite yarn stores just for me. 🧶
🎄 On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
One nostepinne for mindful moments when winding my yarn. 🧶
We did say it wouldn't rhyme but hopefully it made you smile, and we are sure you noticed the recurring theme of our WIPs...
Now read on to meet some of our favourite crafty folk & stores who go the extra mile to bring us lovely tools, yarn and anything else you can think of that you may need to make your crafty dreams come true.
Oh, and by the way: Even if you are not lucky enough to have a local yarn store, getting to know the people behind your virtual ones can be an absolute pleasure and result in real friendships. Some of these listed here are usually physical stores, and some are online business only. So please follow the links to, explore, shop and let's all support each other through these challenging times:
Here you will find Milli's brainchild. She says 'Normal is boring & life is too short for crappy yarn' - indeed. Discover her vibrant range of carefully selected luxury yarns and delicious quality accessories here. But beware: It's addictive!
We defy anyone not to peruse Emma's business and not go ahhhhhh. She and her family run a beautiful farm where the very ethos of farm to yarn is practiced. Susie the Shepherdess manages the flocks and Emma specialises in hand dying the beautiful yarn. Do have a read here.
Another farm to yarn. Rachel has some gorgeous yarns, like The Grey Sheep these are rare breeds and the yarn therefore is wonderful quality and only produced in small quantities. Have a look here.
Susan and her team have this beautiful treasure trove of a store. In here you will find yarns from the UK and much further afield including such rare finds as Viola. They also have a finely stocked haberdashery. Find it here.
Maya and co have this lovely store specialising in ethical goodies for every yarn addict and some gorgeous bags too. Browse here.
This is a relatively new find for one of our contributors and she has been enthusing about their friendly store since her first purchase. They are based on the island of Jersey and specialise in imported yarns, mainly from the USA. Have a look here.
This lovely online yarn store is a feast of beautiful yarns and accessories carefully chosen by Rachel.
This is Bernie's gorgeous hand dye business based in Northern Ireland. Her work is always stunning and she is one of the friendliest souls you can meet here.
Linda is another hand dye artist whose work is consistently beautiful and again she is friendly and helpful. Find her here.
Now all yarn needs to be spun, and if not returning to individuals for dyeing, dyed. Enter stage left the marvellous John, Juliet and the Mill folk. If you want yarn named after 60's music or fabulous fleeces these are your folk. You can also, in 'normal' times, take a mill tour in beautiful North Devon here.
Lovely Nu is the amazingly talented craftswomen whose makes sell out as fast as she can create them. Her bags and small accessories are things of absolute beauty. Fun fact about Nu - her leatherwork begin in the equine world where her work could be seen worn by the Olympics horses. See her work here.
This is the perfect place to have a virtual browse on a rainy day, you'll be lost for hours. Grace sources beautiful haberdashery items from predominantly individuals or small companies. Items for makers of every genre. Browse here.
Maggies virtual store is a candy shop full of amazing buttons and fastenings for all of your makes. Have a look here.
Rebecca makes up beautiful stitch markers of which we can never have enough. See all of them here.
Now do let us know your favourite yarny folk, where they are and why you like them so much. We love to hear what makes you all tick.