Handknit Yarn Studio
By YP Contributor

Spinning a Yarn

From the moment owners Kate Hand and Tracy Young jokingly banter about the intoxicating aroma of bagged yarn, you realize that Handknit Yarn Studio is not your grandmother’s knitting store. With its bright blue exterior and skeins of variegated and dyed yarns bursting out of artfully arranged staggered box shelving, and others playfully overflowing out of baskets and candy jars, Handknit Yarn Studio is a cozy corner for curious crafters.

“We wanted to modernize the concept of what a yarn shop is,” explains Tracy. With bright sunlight streaming through the window, and a beckoning central table that invites the inner crafter in all of us to sit and stitch, the pair strive to ensure that “every crafter is satisfied with the whole process of knitting,” assures Tracy, from skein to sweater. Whether that is teaching a beginner to read a pattern, or calming panicked knitters who have erred, Kate and Tracy assist crafters at any stage.

Both have been passionate about knitting since their foray as business colleagues years ago. “My grandma knit everything. She was the inspiration for why I started knitting,” reminisces Kate. As for Tracy, she’s always known how to knit since she was young and intermittently knitted through the years until Kate re-ignited her passion.

We both believe that working in an environment where we’re passionate about the products we sell and the services we provide would be rewarding. - Tracy Young, co-owner
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Handknit’s impressive wall of yarn.
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Beautiful knitting samples line Handknit Yarn Studio’s wall.

From Skein to Sustainability

Their commitment to the craft reflects their determination to establish a store that offers local, eco-friendly, thoughtfully produced natural fibre yarns sourced from independent small companies. The shop even carries yarns from places that raise and shear the sheep themselves.

As small business owners, they have consciously chosen to sustain the longevity and continuity of the craft, which they believe ties into the whole idea of sustainability. “We want to know where things come from. We want to make things from scratch,” notes Tracy to which Kate adds: “It is ultimately a way to pour love and labour into something for one’s very own.”

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The cozy interior of Handknit Yarn Studio.

Knitted With Care

Whether it is hosting a knit-a-thon to donate handmade knitwear, or organizing a knit-a-long, Kate and Tracy focus on fostering inclusiveness. “We want to sell great yarns and create a great knitting and crocheting community where people can come and shop and get help and hang out with other knitters,” emphasizes Tracy.

And so Kate and Tracy happily knit with their customers while sharing their expertise through a variety of workshops, technical classes and advanced techniques. Every customer is greeted enthusiastically, and no query is ignored. “We want to make sure that anybody who walks into the door feels this is a place where they’re welcome and can ask any questions,” states Kate.

When asked why they generously give their time, both respond that they really want to connect with their customers and their community. “Yarn is what we’re passionate about. Knitting is what we’re passionate about,” says Tracy. “We both believe that working in an environment where we’re passionate about the products we sell and the services we provide would be rewarding.”

Judging by how warmly the shop has been received, Kate and Tracy seem to be casting tightly knit strands of care to the community.

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Handknit Yarn Studio’s exterior.
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