Josephine Yarns is a Canada-based a mother-daughter team founded in 2014 and fueled by a passion for both crafting and the environment. After years of heading to the craft store to source yarn for craft projects, they know just how hard it is to find quality yarn that isn’t produced at the environment’s expense. All they could find were various blends of synthetic fibers, and maybe a bit of cotton (one of the most polluting crops on Earth when not grown organically) or wool mixed in—nothing like the wools their grandmothers used to make to keep them warm during long winters or lightweight natural fibers that could create blouses and dresses for summer either.
“We love crafting, but we love this world that we live in just as much. The thought of having one of our greatest passions cause harm to our planet didn’t sit easy with us. That is how Josephine Yarns—named in honour of our mother/grandmother who instilled and inspired a love for crafting in us both from a very young age—came to be. We want to enjoy crafting on an even deeper level, and we want to know that with every stitch added to our needles and hooks, and every bit of yarn used up, we helped create a better planet…. A happy planet.”
Josephine Yarns currently stocks selected, high quality fiber brands, including Lana Knits—a British Columbia based yarn that focuses on luxury hemp yarns, Maine-based Swans Island which is known for eco-friendly yarns, and Vegan Yarn, who produces sustainable and cruelty-free fibers in colors obtained from natural, plant-based dyes. They’re always on the lookout to stock more conscious yarn, so if you produce your own, be sure to reach out!