Now, more than ever, small businesses need our support.
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I’ve struggled lately to put into words how weird and strange the world surrounding us is right now. I’m now crocheting full time instead of working, and we’re eating food religiously out of the freezer instead of just “popping” to the shops.
Supermarkets will survive. But the small independent stores will struggle. If I’m not working, I have no money, therefore I cannot spend it and poof, so dies someone’s small business dream.
Unfortunately that’s true of too much of the population right now.
However, If you do have the pennies to spare, may I encourage you all to invest in the smaller businesses? Even if you can’t get to your post right now, most of these businesses are willing to honour gift cards so that you can choose a beautiful handmade item when all this madness has blown over.
A small business is a single mother trying to make ends meet for her children and our food on their plates.
A small business is a disabled man who physically cannot cope with the rigid 9-5 of the corporate world so chose to do it alone.
A small business is someone waking up with the motivation to chase their dream.
There are so many small businesses out there that need us now, more than ever. So I’ve picked out a few of my favourites that you should definitely take a look at in your search.
#1 – Vicki Brown Designs
If I could only say one word about Vicki it would be “socks”. She is the absolute QUEEN of crochet socks and the yarn to go with them! You can get a copy of her sock patterns and a whole selection of deeply delectable colourful yarns in her Etsy shop here.
#2 – The Discrete Unicorn
Miriam is usually known for her beautifully woven pieces (as photographed above) but has recently started channeling her innner sparkle into resin needle minders and stitch markers and the results are amazing! Find her Etsy shop here.
#3 – Truly Hooked
Verity is a yarn-dying extraordinaire – but when she’s not doing that, she’s also a whizz with the knitting needles and crochet hooks and has self-published her own patterns. They’re so gorgeous, I wish I could knit faster. Find them in her Etsy shop here.
#4 – The Yarn Badger
Liz is another yarn dyer who has mastered the art of socks- specifically self-striping sock yarns. They take all the guesswork out of colour work and the colour combinations are to die for. Taste the rainbow in her Etsy store here.
#5 – Stitchers Tees
Crafted and proud? Sisters Vicki and Charley have the clothing for you! Sweatshirts, t-shirts, bags and more! There’s something for every craft lover in every colour. Check out the collection here.
#6 – Lana Bou
If cute and sparkly is your bag, then you definitely need a trip to Kate’s store where y I’ll find pin badges, postcards, necklaces and more. I like using Kate’s cards in my Instagram photos. Find them in her Etsy store here.
#7 – The Fibre Fox
This is probably one of my most favourite yarn shades ever. This is Fairy Dust dyed by Georgie- the Fox behind Fibre Fox. She just nails pastel colours and you’ll have to hold onto your purse when you visit her Etsy store here.
#8 – The Crafty Bird
Robyn is all about the faux fur and creates beautifully fluffy pom-poms in every shade imaginable. Adorn you’re next hat or scarf project with her fluffies that you can pick up in her Etsy store here.
#9 – Strawberry Fields Yarn
Lizi dyes beautiful yarns varying from pastel to tropical, and with names such as “Jelly Bean” and “Pink Butterfly” they’re as aptly named as they are gorgeous. Find a wide selection in her Etsy shop here.
#10 – Two Little Rainbows
Jayne is the Princess of Pom Poms! So many colours and sizes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Last time I placed an order I bought too many but I just couldn’t decide between all the shades! Sample a few in her Etsy store here.
Make sure to also check out the Etsy Editors Picks here and remember to #StandWithSmall