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Knitting and crocheting help people be creative, productive and induce relaxation

When the pandemic hit and stay-at-home orders were introduced, we were challenged to find ways to entertain ourselves at home.

An activity that is suitable for any location and almost any environment, has proven to be the perfect pastime for the pandemic. While all was uncertain, this activity proved to be a constant for those who enjoyed it.

“The few weeks leading up to the first lockdown it was incredibly busy because everyone was worried it was all going to stop – people were panicking so anyone with a hobby like knitting or crochet wanted to have a lot on hand, knowing they were going to be home,” said Chloe Rip, manager of True North Yarn Co. in Barrie.

Fortunately, they already had a fully operational online store, and Rip said he immediately saw an increase in orders. “We have received more orders than ever before in recent years with handicrafts that are perfect for the home,” she said.

Rip said it’s a hobby that helps people be creative and stay productive while relaxing, all of which have proven incredibly beneficial throughout the pandemic. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned knitter or crocheter, they were and continue to be ideal hobbies that anyone can enjoy.

Social media is making knitting and crocheting accessible, creating a resurgence in popularity

Historically, knitting and crocheting have been passed down from an elder member of the family to the younger generation. But today, Rip said there is a resurgence among young people who are taking an interest in social media and taking inspiration from popular trends.

“Maybe no one in their family knits, but they’ve seen a Tiktok of someone making a Harry Styles sweater, and they’re able to learn how to do it just based on free YouTube tutorials,” said Rip.

She also said there are always new patterns being shared on Facebook and Pinterest, Tiktok and Instagram stories showcasing ongoing projects and finished items, and a plethora of knitting podcasts becoming increasingly popular during the pandemic. .

What you create is limited only by your imagination, whether you are a novice or seasoned creator

Part of the appeal of this hobby is that it is accessible to everyone, at all levels, and the possibilities are endless of what you want to create – with so many patterns, yarns, fabrics, textures and colors at all prices.

“The potential is endless, you can buy a ball of yarn for $3.00 or go up from there and do a huge project with the fanciest, finest and softest yarn for hundreds of dollars, c So it’s a very accessible hobby that you can cater to any budget and anything you fancy creating,” Rip said.

Another attraction is the possibility of creating something completely personalized

“You have so much control over it, whatever you choose to do, you can decide the thickness of the fabric, the style, the cut and the color, you can do it exactly how you want it and all the way through. from this process, gaining a deep appreciation and understanding of exactly what you want in a garment,” Rip said.

True North Yarn Co. has all the materials you need for any knitting or crochet project

True North Yarn Co. offers all the materials and yarns you need, including all weights and a wide range of fiber types, from cotton to acrylic, sheepskin, alpaca and even yak. They carry many brands from around the world, including yarn from Canada’s oldest woolen mill, Briggs and Little, and Drops Garnstudio, a European brand that offers thousands of free patterns online.

“Each brand offers new patterns, yarns and colors throughout the year, so there’s always something to inspire, something different to try for the first time,” Rip said.

True North Yarn Co. is currently open with social distancing, safety, cleaning and sanitizing protocols in place. In-store courses are not currently available, but they plan to offer them again soon. Check the class schedule on their website or Instagram for relaunch news. You can also contact them or visit their Facebook page for more information.