Susan Garrett began knitting as a young girl and her passion for yarn and fibre didn’t stop there. Susan picked up crochet while in her early twenties and was hooked (pun intended). On top of knitting and crocheting, Susan and her husband, Greg, own Celestial Casa Alpaca farm. If you’ve ever wondered about the process of turning animal fibre into usable yarn, Susan is the woman to ask. She also owns the fantastic 100 year old sock knitting machine in use at the store. Susan loves working with worsted and DK weight yarns and her favourite projects include slippers and shrugs, but she loves to switch it up with different projects, and different crafts.
Kate Rosser-Davies began knitting as a university student. She learned the basics from a friend and then self-taught more advanced skills through online resources. She is passionate about sustainable materials, as well as the history of textiles and how wool helped to shape the Western world. She loves knitting winter hats using bulky wool blend yarns but often works on a variety of different projects. Kate teaches most of our knitting classes and she loves a challenge: she’s great at sorting out errors and fixing mistakes in your knitting.
Thom Ford was taught to knit as a young child by his grandmother but didn’t keep it up. He’s a lefty and found it difficult to handle learning to knit as a child. In his early 20’s Thom tried it again at the insistence of his friend, Kate, and this time it stuck! He loves knitting with worsted weight yarn and working on fun new techniques like double knitting. His favourite project is making slippers because his grandmother used to knit them with him when he was a child. Now Thom has carried on her tradition and makes slippers for all his family and friends. If you’re a lefty who has struggled with knitting in the past, stay tuned: Thom will be debuting some lefty-specific classes in the shop as well as a Youtube channel with knitting tutorials just for lefties!
Andrea Adam has been a fibre arts enthusiast for more than 18 years. Andrea’s mother taught her how to crochet when she was a teenager and she learned to knit in her local yarn store when she lived in Kingston, Ontario. She loves the versatility that comes with knowing both crafts and enjoys working with a variety of fibres. Andrea’s favourite projects to work on include scarves, hats, and amigurumi but she loves changing it up and often has several knitting and crochet projects on the go at once! While Andrea will be living out of town she will be doing most of the dyeing for our line of hand-dyed yarns. Be on the look out for a whole range of new colours, weights, and fibres coming in late summer/early fall!