This summer when Homecraft Importers on 4th ave closed their doors after 60 years, one of their employees, Glenda, saw an opportunity to fill the gap and opened her own shop at 2923 west 4th.
Glenda says "Owning a yarn store was something I've wanted to do for a long time, but never really thought seriously about it until recently. Up until about two years ago, I was planning to be a professor. I've always loved the idea of being able to make a career out of learning as much as you can about something, and then sharing that knowledge with other people - especially when its a subject that you're really interested in to begin with. I eventually decided against the academic career, but now I get to spend my days sharing knitting knowledge with others! :) "
I love a gal who follows her heart!
In addition to a carrying a bunch of the essential brands like Noro, Cascade and Diamond Luxury Collection, Glenda includes many locally-made lines in the shop including Indigo Moon Yarns, Drama Llama, RainCityKnits and Bully Wooly. Also, since they offer online shopping, nearly all their yarns are available to browse from their website.
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I said it before, The Window is my new fave Vancity gift shop. But I haven't shared photos yet. So here they are. They have everything: soaps, snacks, candy, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, art, and the list goes on. AND it's all locally made. I bought a few things during my last visit including a couple of their in-house made aprons as wedding gifts, one cotton and one linen (The linen ones are so gorgeous I wouldn't be surprised if my friend wore it as a dress - lol).
Not too long ago I visted Wool Is Not Enough in Gastown and was pleasantly surprised at its size. Shoshanna's been calling it 'wee' all this time, but it's definitely not lacking on the selection front. They even have quiviut, which you may know is my favourite fibre! I've already began wearing my quiviut hat this season. It's so nice on cold mornings.
I left WINE with a beautiful hank of Malabrigo Rasta which I'm pretty sure I'll be making these mittens with.
Also, FYI there is a great write up on WINE here on the Fraser Valley Knitting Guild website. The FVKG has visited and blogged about nearly all the yarn shops in the lower mainland (I think their post on WINE is the only one sans photos), so if you're ever curious about the local LYS selection check out their reviews.
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.