Maiwa has caught my attention yet again!
Maiwa is not only the most ethical store I know of, but they now carry a large variety of superb yarns! A large part of their mandate is to merge superior quality with ethical business practices and, true to form, they have found ethically sound ways to provide a variety of all natural yarns (e.g. BC's own Hemp for Knitting).
Maiwa has raised the bar not only by carrying high-quality, all-natural fibers, but also by advocating for unusual farming practices and supporting companies that farm breeds of sheep threatened by extinction. Stroll into their cozy shop (on the NW corner of the Net Loft building on Granville Island) and you'll find their usual plethora of natural and synthetic dyes, hand-made organic fabrics and fiber-arts literature (and as of late, a huge supply of yarn!). I dropped by about month ago when they had received their first shipment of roving and yarn and was delighted to learn that they were making this shift. Little did I know that 5 weeks after that visit, I'd wander in again and be shocked by the store's transformation. Maiwa is now a full-on yarn shop. With brands like, Briggs and Little, Noro, Hand-painted from Fiesta, O-Wool, Brown Sheep Company, Plymoth, Misti Alpaca and Great Adirondack, they are on the right track. As always Maiwa's high quality products come with excellent value; their yarn prices are highly competitive.
Janna Maria Vallee is a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program. In her art practice Janna combines textiles and socially engaged media. She founded VY in 2008.