Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Knit with Attitude

A few months ago I saw a cute little crochet dress in Knitting magazine. I checked out the pattern and saw that there was 10% off the yarn if you bought it from Knit With Attitude. This was just the prompt I needed to visit this yarn shop which opened about a year ago but that I’d never managed to get down to.

The shop was a little difficult to find as the address in the magazine said 228b Stoke Newington High Street but there seemed to be no such address. In the end we found the shop tucked round the corner on Northwold Road. The address was correct but you just can’t get to it or see it from Stoke Newington High Street, which is a little confusing!

A couple of my friends had been down to the opening day and had commented that it was a very small shop but I wasn’t prepared for quite how small it was. There was just about room for Flo’s buggy in the doorway, but we got inside and the shop owner Maya was there to greet us warmly.

Although a tiny shop, the space is used perfectly. There are two arm chairs as you walk in with a bookshelf above them housing a lovely selection of books and some handmade goodies. White box shelves occupy the entire back wall and are stuffed with beautiful eco yarns. Maya prides herself on selling only environmental friendly products, produced with ethical consciousness. There is a small table by the window with some lovely needles, hooks, really gorgeous buttons and other accessories. A notice board behind the door gives details of local events and the shops knitting classes which range from Absolute Novice to Intrigued Intermediate. The large window brings lots of lovely natural light into the shop and opens up the tiny space just a little more.

I got my yarn, the scrumptious Natural Dye Studio, Dazzle DK in Sunflower yellow and picked out some pretty Knit Pro Symfonie wood crochet hooks. These are ingenious as they have a hook on each end, so you get two sizes of hook in one tool! I loved them so much I bought two different sizes.

Maya recommended a little park round the corner and Flo had lots of fun on the swings, slide and other play things before having to get back into the car.

It was a long way to go for a little yarn shop but I just love being able to physically touch the yarn and flick through the books, so it was worth it for me. I urge you to pop in if you’re in the Stoke Newington area or if not check them out online.


  1. Oh, my, that baby is so grown up! We were all so worried; it is wonderful to see her thriving.

  2. Lovely post...and especially lovely to see our handpainted buttons in your first picture!

    Warm greetings from sunny south africa

  3. Meant to say ...thank you to Maya from us please for her very valuable support
    We hand paint the buttons to give employment to women in south Africa...mostly single may be interested in our story's on our blog
    Love your blog and so pleased we found it