Welcome to Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns! Our shop is located in the Old City Quarter in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We are Nanaimo's destination for the hand knitting, fiber and felting enthusiasts.
Lynette is a master at our craft to say the least. She is a prolific knit wear designer with a strong affinity for lace knitting, embellishing and using her finished knitted projects as a canvas for painting. It was her design of a stunning, hand painted, two piece mohair ensemble consisting of a sheath dress and long coat that won her an invitation to Vogue Knitting Live in New York City where she was first runner up in the Mohair design contest. Her gorgeous designs have since been featured in numerous issues of Vogue Knitting.
Lynette is the head instructor for our knitting classes and each spring and fall has exciting new designs for our class choices. She loves to take photographs not only of knitting but of the beautiful surroundings we have in Nanaimo.
Lynette is our full time in store expert and is well loved and trusted by anyone with any kind of knitting dilemma. Many a troubled knitter, both beginner and experienced, have flocked to her for her expertise.
“There has been some speculation that there might be some sheep in my ancestry because I have yet to meet a wool that I don’t like. Of late my passions have been directed towards designing; first for my students and secondly for others. With each new project I feel my creativity expanding with lots of ideas to share with anyone interested in listening!”
Dorothy has worked at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns longer than any other employee. Dorothy is an accomplished knitter, felter and designer in her own right. She is a Needle Felting Artist and you can see many of her designs at the Artisan’s Studio on Bastion Street.
Dorothy has been knitting for longer than she is willing to admit. She is a complete lefty and jokingly tells us how we all knit backwards.
Dorothy is a superb teacher. Customers and staff at Mad About Ewe have benefited immeasurably from her expertise. From questions about the intricacies of two handed fair isle to the finer points of needle felting and an expert eye for colour play, Dorothy has the answers.
“My place among the Mad About Ewe Team is often to share the following sage bits of advice:
When in doubt choosing a colour, buy both. I do this and the result is a stash of monumental proportions which is much loved and even sometimes knit.
When choosing a pattern to knit for babies, you must first place your thumb over the face of the baby model because those kids are too cute!
And lastly but most importantly, only two glasses of wine are allowed when following a pattern. After that, one or the other must go – trust me on this one and all will be well.”
Brenda is the newest staff member at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. Although she has been with us for the shortest length of time, Brenda is no novice. As our Ravelry expert, Brenda knows all of the most recent and most popular patterns and the featured yarns that create the projects.
Brenda organizes the Knit a Longs for Mad About Ewe and manages our Ravelry Forum. Brenda loves to knit for family and friends and has a very strong affinity for Madelinetosh , but then don’t we all?
Brenda is a very patient and attentive teacher and has encouraged many new knitters to try new things.
“My real joy is in the process of knitting. The finished product is really secondary to the journey it takes me on and the friends I make along the way.”
Amanda is our youngest employee at Mad About Ewe and torn between working with us and her “real” job.
Although Amanda is not able to work at Mad About Ewe as often as she or we like, you can sometimes catch her hanging around feeling the Mirasol, ogling the colours of Noro or looking longingly at the Madelinetosh. For someone so young, Amanda has quite an impressive stash to her name. She adores her addi Click set. Being around the rest of us has really influenced her!
“Not too long ago, if you told me that I was going to be a yarn snob, I wouldn’t have had a clue what that meant. Today I have piles of Madelinetosh tucked under my bed, stacks of Noro exploding out of my closet and a Addi-click set right next to my bed. To say knitting is addictive is an understatement!”
Emily bought Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns from the store’s original owner and hasn’t looked back since. Raising two children and owning a store haven’t slowed Emily down. Under her guidance, the store has grown in stature and selection. Mad About Ewe carries one of the most diverse collections of some of the hottest yarns from around the world. Her eye for colours and style are reflected all over Mad About Ewe in it’s packed baskets and shelves of beautiful wools and yarns.
Emily’s one regret is lack of time to knit.
“It’s funny how many people think we have the dream job where we sit around and knit all day. We do have our dream job but it’s not because we get to knit all day, it’s because we get to play with yarn. “
At Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns we carry dozens of yarns in a multitude of colours, fibres and gauges to accommodate your latest knitting projects needs. Here are some of the brands we carry: ArtYarns, Madelinetosh, Fleece Artist, Handmaiden, Sweet Georgia, Lorna's Laces, Blue Ridge Yarns, Spincycle, Twisted Sisters, Malabrigo, Biscottie & Cie, Rhichard Devrieze, Manos del Uruguay, Baah!, Kelbourne Woolens, Jamieson's of Shetland's Spindrift, Kollage, Rowan, Cascade, Noro, Swans Island, Schulana, Be Sweet, Zealana, The Alpaca Yarn Co., Berroco, Sirdar, Adriafil, Briggs & Little, Katia, Lucci, Phildar, Louet, Schoppel Wolle, James C. Brett, Opal, Crystal Palace and much more... We also boast about our wide selection of knitting needles from Skacel (addi Turbo), Hiya Hiya, Knitter's Pride, Crystal Palace, Brittany, Clover, Susan Bates... Also available in our store are accessories from Jordana Paige, Namaste, Timeless Totes, Clover, Knitter's Pride, Hiya Hiya, Prym to name a few. We are always on the hunt for new and nifty so the list is ever changing. Come on in and be surrounded by our plethora of offerings. We're always happy to show you our favourites!
We pride ourselves on the large selection of needles, hooks and notions that we carry. Stainless steel, birch, bamboo and carbon...
There is still something about the pages of a beautiful book of stunning patterns that enraptures us. We love books and bring in the latest and greatest...
On our shelves you will find yarns for every type of knitter or crocheter. Knitting for a new baby, a loved one, or yourself? We have something for you...
Check out our Classes and Workshop Schedule available!
Mad About Ewe hosts several Special Events throughout the year: A weekend retreat in February Worldwide Knit Out in Public Day in June Pic Knit in late August Check out...
Our workshops are one day events offering 6 hours of fun, hands on skill improvement. Learn to sew beautiful seams and make neat and tidy buttonholes in our Finishing...
We offer a range of classes from beginner’s drop in to more experienced project related classes. All classes are offered with a daytime session or an evening or...
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Store Hours Monday to Friday: 10 am – 5:30 pm Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Sunday 12: pm – 4 pm