Knit With Attitude is the go to store for eco-conscious knitting enthusiasts or beginners looking for yarns, needles and accessories that are eco-friendly and ethical.
The Stoke Newington-based store, in north London, is a knitter’s dream, offering up a carefully selected and sourced myriad of yarns, in all colours and materials, from brands that as Knit With Attitude professes “represent a positive attitude toward the world, sharing a concern about its resources and the way we take care of our planet”.
Among the yarns stocked at Knit With Attitude is Faerytale – a brushed Alpaca wool from Norwegian brand, Norwegian Du Store Alpakka, one of the founders behind the Mirasol Project, which supports local communities in Peru through the sales of its Mirasol Yarn Collection. The luxurious Alpaca wool is soft and delicate on skin, making it an all-round choice of yarn for various knit projects.
As well as wool, one of the knitting nation’s favourite yarns, Knit With Attitude also sell yarns from designers specialising in other sustainable materials such as bamboo. Eco-Bamboo is a hand dyed, eco-friendly yarn from Nurturing Fibres, a Cape Town-based brand who endeavour to conserve as much energy during their production process, therefore making use of borehole water that is treated by solar power for their dye baths. The soft touch yarn – which comes in a stunning array of magical colours including an ocean blue, ruby pink, emerald, sun kissed coral and denim – make it suitable for baby garments.
Then there is the stand out, Noro, a Japanese brand known for its vibrant and dazzling yarns made from a combination of diverse fibre types.
Noro has been making yarns in Japan under the guidance of its founder, Eisaku Noro, for over 40 years. All their fibre is sourced from certified organic farms which the company is actively involved in sourcing. They maintain strict standards to ensure a low environmental impact, from dye exhaust to machinery.
For a soft wool, perfect for creating lightweight garments that can be worn throughout the seasons, there’s British Blue Wool. Created by designer Erika Knight, who has teamed up with local mills in West Yorkshire to create a 100% British homegrown yarn, British Blue Wool uses the wool of the Bluefaced Leicester, often touted as Britain’s most luxurious fibre.
All of the knitting yarns stocked at Knit With Attitude, which also sells locally and internationally via its online store, have been sourced by knitting enthusiast and shop owner, May Linn Bang, also known as Maya.
Originally from Trondheim in Norway, Maya moved to London in 2010 with her family bringing with her “two boxes of yarn”. Within three weeks of the move, she had established herself as a trader selling yarns on a stall at Spitalfields Market. The Knit With Attitude store soon followed in 2012.
Maya successfully combines her passion for knitting – which was introduced to to her by her grandma at the age of six,who taught the young Maya how to knit, purl and to cast on and off – with the desire to make a difference to the environment.
She says: “To knit is a constructive, creative and concrete act that stimulates our consciousness and interest. For me knitting has become an expression for my attitudes and involvement in environmental and political issues, when simultaneously increasing my focus and self satisfaction through my work. All in all this represent the motivation that lies behind Knit With Attitude.”
Bringing beautiful yarns from independent knitting designers and brands who are passionate about the environment to consumers is a part of Maya’s vision. She also helps beginners and knitters of all skills by offering classes, monthly knit nights and one-to-one sessions at the Knit With Attitude store.
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Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com