Everyone has a story. Here is mine...
Knitting was something my soul felt drawn to shortly after a spinal cord cancer diagnosis rocked my world. It was just a few years ago, while I was a full-time labor and delivery nurse, with a husband and two small children at home.
I let myself drown in information about yarn and knitting. I ordered my first skeins of yarn, a set of Knit Picks interchangeable needles, my first knitting pattern and I learned about Ravelry (amazing!). Whatever happened, I knew I wanted my boys and husband to have a tangible item that I made with my own two hands.
When I was in the hospital, I watched YouTube tutorials and read the Stitch n' Bitch book. I knit each of my boys and my husband a hat...made of bulky weight Madelintosh, right there in my hospital bed.
After recovery, I started my own knitting podcast on YouTube called Adelaide Cottage. Slowly, I became a part of this incredible knitting community and I've made some amazing knitting friends along the way.
Experimentation in the dye pots began and I remember it being so fun to see the magic happen when the dye powder hit the water and clung to the yarn. I taught myself how to sew during recovery as well. Eventually, my hand-sewn bags and hand-dyed yarn filled my Etsy shop.
Why do I call my shop and knitting podcast Adelaide Cottage?
My grandfather passed away when I was just 3 months old, but my late grandmother owned our family cottage in Fort Erie, Ontario on Adelaide Street. We always referred to it as "The Cottage". My mom drove my sister and I there almost every day in the summers and most of my childhood memories happened there.
My Etsy shop sales grew but I have been careful to only dye as much yarn as I can physically handle. My husband, Jason, lifts the pots of water for me and helps with dyeing. So, although I don't have huge inventory, I hope that you do find something here that you love and want to knit with.
FUN FACTS + SHOP PLANS:
*All of our yarn is soaked in my handmade wool-wash after it has been dyed. I've been told it smells like "unicorn barf" (and that's a good smell, apparently)!
*We are going to be experimenting with some natural dyeing techniques soon.
*Once the current packaging is used up, we will be switching to eco-friendly shipping bags.
Thank you for reading! If you made it this far, I should give you a coupon code! :)
Adelaide Cottage Yarns