When I was a teen, the ONLY thing my grandmother ever knit was from Patons & Baldwin; Canadiana Sayelle, Astra, and other 100% acrylic yarns. The finished products have lasted forever and her wonderful knitted treasures are still being passed around the family. My foray into Yarn Neverland started when I worked at a local yarn store when I was 16. Yarns from OTHER COUNTRIES started to creep in and behold the world of Phildar, Annie Blatt, Donegal Tweed and other exotic fibres. I haven’t looked back.
But as the world changes, with the ever changing political and socioeconomic environment, we are all starting to look inward again, and this is a wonderful thing. While the world is “smaller”, shipping yarns from other countries, including the USA, has become almost prohibitive at times. What with the Canadian dollar, duty, and shipping costs, it has become much more affordable and desirable, to shop locally for goods. We have so many amazing Canadian yarn producers, and I would like to point out a few that we stock at DocKnits!
Eugene and Anne Bourgeois of the Philosopher’s Stone are just down the road from DocKnits in Inverhuron, Ontario. This lovely couple have been producing their own wool (now manufactured elsewhere as they think of retirement!) and the most amazing colourwork patterns! If you haven’t taken the time to travel to their shop, it is well worth it. They are located directly across from the Inverhuron Provincial Park on Lake Huron, and love seeing people drop by. DocKnits carries a great selection of their 3 ply yarn as we love it for both knitting AND rug hooking. Click HERE to see our selection
We have also enjoyed Briggs & Little yarn from New Brunswick, and have spoken of them in previous posts. A very economical option, B&L carry a variety of weights of 100% Canadian wool. Currently, we are loving the Country Roving that we are using for Cowichan knits. Check out our previous blog post for a review!
Sweet Georgia yarns are dyed by Felicia Lo and she started her company in 2004. She describes her team: “Though filled with love and passion, hand-dyeing yarn and fibre is an exacting, labour-intensive process that needs the hands of many. We’re a small but scrappy team committed to bringing light and joy to people’s lives through unapologetic colour.” Currently, DocKnits is carrying the lovely Tough Love Sock yarn. Click HERE to see our selection.
Shelridge Farms yarn was located very close to DocKnits, but the couple sold their product to the Gemmell Sisters of Cabin Fever Yarns. Lyn and Deb Gemmell have maintained the high quality of the original owners and expanded their company to provide a wide range of great Canadian yarns. We love the Shelridge Farms DK weight superwash yarn! ( and it is truly superwash) I finished a sweater that I thought was a bit big and tried to DRY IT IN THE DRYER a bit to make it shrink…no luck! Soft and warm it is a perfect choice for those folks who aren’t always careful with their hand knit washings. The colour range is amazing and the yardage is superb. I think people get thrown off by the price, but it is now comparable to Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light for price if yardage is taken into consideration (and yardage is what matters!). Have a look at the colour selection HERE. We also carry Cabin Fever Northern Lights, which I call Canadian Lopi! An aran weight, 100% yarn, it is very lightly spun and is perfect for felting. I have used it in many Scandi knits with great effect. Click HERE to see our selection of Cabin Fever yarns.
I think every Canadian knitter has heard of or knit with Fleece Artist or Handmaiden yarns out of Nova Scotia. We love their Woollie Silk 3 ply, a worsted weight yarn for special projects….65% wool and 35% silk with stunning hand-dyed colours. Have a look HERE at what we have on offer. AND, we are thrilled to be receiving their NATIONAL PARKS EDITION COLLECTION to help us celebrate Canada’s 150. Done in their Merino Slim fingering weight base, we will post this online as soon as it arrives! We are getting a few of each of the 13 colours on offer.
And even more locally, we are the sole supplier of the wonderful SHANTIKNITS yarn from Southampton. Jeffi Farquharson works for us, when she has time away from her full time job, and we love to have her and her wonderful yarn in our store. She specializes in hand-dyes and her sock yarn and cashmere/merino blends fly out of the store. Currently, she is working on some shawl kits for us, so stay tuned ’cause they won’t last long when they arrive.
Honestly, this is such a brief list of Canadian yarn companies and there are so many more to feature! Please help support these folks so we can keep their wonderful companies around for a long time. For good quality products, they are comparable in price and superior in quality to many yarns that we now have to import. DocKnits is proud to stock them in our store.