If you’ve visited Stash, you know that we feature yarns, fibers, buttons, and other accessories created right here in the Pacific Northwest. The book Knit Local, published in 2011, by Tanis Gray fits in quite nicely here at Stash!
Knit Local highlights 28 different U.S. based yarn companies and gives a fun and interesting look into how these companies “keep things local”. Many of the companies, like Oregon’s very own Imperial Stock Ranch, raise their own sheep, while others source and mill their yarn from various places in the US. The introduction to the book is an interesting read. It poses the question, “Why Knit Local?” and goes on to explain some of the reasons why knitters should consider purchasing local products for their craft. The introduction is thought provoking, but not preachy or condescending in any way.
Here at Stash, we currently carry products from 4 of the yarn companies highlighted in Knit Local! Like I mentioned earlier in the post, Imperial Stock Ranch is included as well as Dream in Color, Kollage Yarns (makers of the very popular square needles), and Knit One Crochet Too.
The yarn company profiles are fun to read through and are accompanied by gorgeous photography of the yarns, sheep, farms, and mills that are used. In addition to some really interesting information and gorgeous photography, there are knitting and crochet patterns! Each yarn company profile is accompanied by a pattern that uses one of their yarns. There were quite a few patterns that caught my eye as I flipped through the book, and I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites.
I’m a sucker for fingerless mitt patterns and I think Pike’s Mitts would look fantastic knit up in some Dream in Color Classy!
The Straits of Mackinac Vest calls for Imperial Yarn Pencil Roving!
With all the great patterns, good reading, and gorgeous photos, I think Knit Local would be a great addition to any knitter or crocheter’s personal library!
Stash Enhancer Liz