Sarah Kirby has opened a shop for those who love fibres

Business: a new yarn and button store

New business fills a need in Sooke for fibres and knitting yarns

With the closing of Cabin Creations more than a year ago, Sooke knitters and crafters had to drive to the far side of Langford or even to downtown Victoria to get supplies for their crafts. Until now, you couldn’t even buy thread for a sewing machine in Sooke. That has changed.

Now open in Sooke, Seaside Yarn & Button is a local yarn store focusing on natural and sustainable fibre art supplies. The shop, located at 6631 Sooke Rd, carries quality hand-knitting yarns, roving, sewing supplies, needles, patterns and LOTS of buttons. Locally made products including hand-dyed yarns and ceramic buttons are starting to trickle in as well. There are many items in the shop to bring out anyone’s creative side.

“My hope is that we can provide local crafters and artisans with both the supplies they need and a venue to learn and share new skills within the community. You would be surprised how many “secret” knitters and crafters there are out there. People who have a tote full of yarn and knit by themselves every evening. It’s so much more rewarding to practice your skills with a group of like-minded individuals who can appreciate your current project or help you through a tough spot,” said owner Sarah Kirby.

The store offers a wide variety of supplies and project options. And while knitting can be an expensive hobby, it doesn’t have to be. They have beautiful hand-dyed merino wool but have some great value priced options too.

“You can make a baby gift or a cozy cowl for $15, including yarn, pattern and needles,” she said.

Kirby is currently working with other fibre artists in Sooke to offer classes in Knitting, Crochet, Wet Felting and Needle Felting. Information on these classes is available on the website at www.seasideyarnbutton.com

A Knitting Circle with be starting on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8 p.m. All skill levels are welcome, as are spinners and crochet-ers.