About

Kendra here! Thanks for visiting.

KnittyVet is the outlet for my creative personality and a labor of love. It grew from a combination of a desire to create, a touch of entrepreneurial spirit, and the complete inability to sit still. More recently I have also managed to incorporate my passion for gardening by using the many-hued plants in my garden to create colorful skeins of yarn.

I always loved creative pursuits, and learned to paint, draw, sculpt and take photographs as a child growing up in relatively isolated rural midwest America. However, it was not until college when I found my true love in knitting. I found that knitting kept me awake to read the textbooks assigned in veterinary school – and it must have worked, because I graduated with my DVM – and a deeper understanding of knitting techniques. I started my knitting business by creating bespoke orders – including my infamous Pineapple Reticule – in 2010.

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KnittyVet Garden Yarns are my most recent, and most exciting passion. I plant, grow, and prepare all natural (and organic) plant sources of dye that have been used by natural dyers stretching back hundreds and thousands of years. The sheer magic of creating luscious colors on yarn and fabric astounds me with every dye bath, and I am so excited to share these fantastic natural shades with the whole world. My ultimate goal is to create a closed loop of locally grown, sheared, processed and dyed wool; thereby strengthening and giving back to the local community!

Garden Yarn colorways - Walnut, Marigold, Coneflower
Naturally dyed sock yarn with walnut, marigold, and coneflower

 

KnittyVet Knit Creations are colorful and almost always all natural. My favorite materials are lambswool, organic cotton, and alpaca, so those are the primary materials in the shop. I strongly believe in the movement of returning to buying local, handmade products with a face and name behind the product and try to incorporate that belief in my own life practices. I also feels that we are all environmental stewards, and try to contribute my bit by creating reusable coffee sleeves to replace the wasteful paper collars. My creations are solidly constructed and made to last.

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KnittyVet is a cheerful, bright place and I love creating personalized works of art just for my customers. The sky is the limit when it comes to mixing colors and patterns in yarn. I am also the management portion of the store and blog and would be delighted to chat with you regarding ideas or comments. Custom dye lots of yarn for a specific project are also often available! Some items are ready to ship but some are made to order – please see the descriptions for more information. New items are being added to the shop frequently, and seasonal items such as hats, scarves, and mittens tend to make their appearance in late August or September.

Thank you for visiting the KnittyVet blog and please enjoy looking around. Check out the shop if you like! You may follow me on several social media platforms for new product alerts and a glimpse at the creative process, or contact kendra@knittyvet.com with any questions or “request to join” to join our email list.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/knittyvet
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/knittyvet
Twitter & Instagram: @knittyvet

All the best to you and yours,
Kendra Ann
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