Curious and excited to join the yarn movement but lacking the know-how and tools to take the first step? Fret not, the KOEL Magazine team is here to help. As makers and visual people ourselves, we're constantly seeking out good-quality tools and beautiful yarn to surround ourselves with! Knitting your own woolly cushion or a giant cozy blanket is just a few steps, or clicks, away...
This month, Apartment Therapy teamed up with a bunch of talented knitters — like KOEL Magazine and Flax & Twine — to give you a rich mix of informative posts about this useful and meditative craft, including resources and original patterns. If you've never picked up knitting needles before, this is a great time to start. See the entire knitting series right here.
To help inspire you this winter to start your next knitting project, we could not resist the temptation to share our knitting resource guide with all you Apartment Therapy readers. Being passionate lovers of knitting for the home, we find it heartening to discover many businesses coming together to join the yarn movement - filling the gap in providing quality needlecraft supplies that we need to fulfill our knitting desires! Here are our top 6 of favorite go-to shops, each carrying stunning range of supplies and tools that are built to last and to please... Happy Shopping!
KOEL Shop: Obviously for us, the online-only KOEL Shop is a number 1 choice! We may be a teeny bit biased, but trust us when we say the KOEL Shop is a one-stop-shop for all things knitting and yarn related. Being big sharers of things we love, you can find a lovely range of yarn crafting tools and supplies that we use regularly for our knitting projects. Our most popular products have got to be our Craft Kits, which get updated with new patterns as each issue gets released. We especially recommend our specially-curated rovings selection in a variety of colors and sourced worldwide. Though perfect for extreme knitting, they are also suitable for a wide range of yarn projects from making cushions, throws to toys... we love their softness and textural feel! While you're there, pop by KOEL Stories for inspiration from emerging yarn crafters and our growing Patterns selection filled with techniques and instructions on making something really "koel" for your home this winter! Our passion for well-designed goods also led us to curate a small but lovely collection of bags and pouches from Bookhou to home accessories from Minka Inhouse and My Deer Art Shop... there's something for everyone we think!
Fringe Supply Co: A maker herself, Karen Templer runs Fringe Supply Co. as well as the blog Fringe Association, values the importance of both the quality and appearance of tools and supplies. Pop over to the online shop and you can be sure to find gorgeous and versatile storage supplies to keep you super organized for any yarn crafting passion of yours! Our KOEL pick has definitely got to be the classic — and stunning — Field Bag. It's functional design with ample pockets for tools has totally got us itching to grab one for ourselves!
Tolt Yarn and Wool: Located in Washington, Tolt Yarn and Wool is a community gathering place and a knitting shop that we love for it's wide offering of pretty yarns and spinning fibers handpicked individually. We think you might need a while to decide which ones to get! Keen to work on a new knitting project? Check out their awesome variety of patterns available for purchase too!
Cast Away And Folk: Cast Away And Folk is a fibre-based modern craft shop located in California. It's run by a small team of yarn lovers with background in varied yarn specialization such as weaving, knitting and sewing. We find their lovely range of workshops for fellow yarn enthusiasts very inspiring! From amateurs exploring crocheting for the first time, to seasoned knitters looking to hone your existing knitting skills, we are sure there's something for everyone.
TJOCKT: If you are head over heels with the ongoing trend of giant, chunky knit blankets or rugs, we think this might be your go-to shop! A specialist in super bulky and very thick wool yarn, we truly appreciate how these luxurious high-quality giant yarns available at TJOCKT are all self-manufactured in Finland. And their selection is 100% natural materials only! Be it knitting these yarn giants for your home or to wear, we can say bye to the freezing winter!
Purl Soho: Based in New York City, Purl Soho has gained a solid reputation as a destination for high quality needlecraft supplies among yarn enthusiasts. The store has also since formed a dedicated following of knitters, crocheters and embroiderers whom regularly exchange tips of the yarn crafter's trade. Here you can find a beautiful and extensive collection of everything you need to be a successful knitter we think –yarn, needles, kits, crafting books, online tutorials - Purl Soho makes knitting accessible to everyone. They even created a KOEL-exclusive blanket pattern for our debut issue: lucky us!