Preferably in Canada, eh! I am SO tired of paying duty. I went to the South West Trading Company's website to find Canadian LYS's that carry SWTC products. I emailed a few that are close by, have readily available contact information, or are of emotional significance to me. Here is my email message:
Dear [Yarn Store Name Here];
I would like to order Soysilk Infinity yarn in Natural. Do you have any in stock? What is your price?
Also, do you have Addi Circular Lace Needles (3.5 mm)?
As well, sometime in the future I am thinking of purchasing allhemp3. This yarn is from Lana Knits, a Canadian Company. Their website is http://www.lanaknits.com/canhome.html. Do you carry this yarn?
Ruth (in Ottawa)
Store (in the order contacted)
|Location||Response in 24 hrs.?||Response|
|Wool N' Things||Orleans ON||Yes|
Infinity: They do not carry this yarn, but carry a soysilk Oasis - $15.50 (220 yards) & Pheonix - $15.50(160 yards)
ATLN: In stock.
LKA: Does not carry. Has Hempathy by Elsebeth Lavold that contains hemp ($5.95).
Infinity: Not in stock, but will check into getting some. They do have SWTC Pure, Karaoke, Gianna and Tofutsies.
ATLN: On back order as these needles have sold out and are currently in production.
LKA: Planning to order.
|Ram Wools||Winnipeg MB||Yes|
Infinity: Don't carry, but will look into carrying it in the future.
ATLN: In stock. $21.90 CND
LKA: Don't carry, but will look into carrying it in the future.
|Unwind Yarn House||New Market ON|
Infinity: Carries SWTC yarns but not this on. Is willing to order it for me and gave me a projected cost of $20 CND (I think this is reasonable).
ATLN: In stock. $22.00 CND
LKA: allhemp6 in stock, could readily get allhemp3 for me.
|Spun Fibre Arts||Burlington ON||No|
|Cross Stitch Cupboard||Ottawa ON||Yes|
Infinity: Do not carry.
ATLN: Do not carry.
LKA: Do not carry.
Note: Their store is moving this summer and they are attempting to keep their stock low before the move. They may consider carrying these items after the move.
|Knit or Knot||Aurora ON||No|
|Romni Wools||Toronto ON||Yes|
Infinity: Do not stock.
ATLN: In stock.
LKA: Carry allhemp6 (DK weight) but not allhemp3
Infinity: Not in stock.
ATLN: In stock.
LKA: Have allhemp3 AND allhemp6 in stock.
|Yarn Forward and Sew On*|
|Went in person|
Infinity: Currently do not carry any SWTC yarn but will look into it for me.
ATLN: Are planning to get on their next Addi order. Will put one aside for me if I wish.
LKA: Do not carry. One of the employees is thought to have tried it but the outcome of her review is unknown. If she likes it, they will get it. (She is only there part time and not there on the day I strolled down.
This post was inspired by:
- Canadian Living: Guide to organic and eco-friendly yarns, Part 1: Organic wool, cotton, hemp, Part 2: Linen, soy silk and bamboo, plus our shopping guide, by Dayna Boyer.
- Knitty.com: Hip in Hemp skirt pattern (knit in Hempathy, see Wool n'Things at the top of the table)
- Wendy Bernard's Knit and Tonic Blog Entries: No-Excuse Knitting, and Can the Hemp be all that?
Edited To Add (ETA): Thank you Joanne, Sophie, Pauline and Chery! I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness (dare I say kindness). Just so you know, I decided to go with Misti Alpaca Lace Weight in Natural from my LYS. But now I know, Crown Mountain Farms will ship worldwide (very good to know), and I have a few other places to check for this yarn in Canada. For stashing of course :o) !