At The Black Squirrel Annex we strive to deliver top quality crafting supplies and tools into the hands of all our customers, regardless of budget, type of craft, or skill level. Check out all the great brands we carry:
Indie dyed yarns are at the heart and soul of our shop's commitment to supporting independent artists, and small, US-based manufacturing. All of the beautiful yarns on our indie-dyed yarn wall are hand-dyed, sometimes by just a single person, across the west coast. We are proud to carry:
Earl Grey Fiber Company - Bothell, Washington
Lazer Sheep Yarns - San Diego, CA
Cedar House Yarns - Bellingham, Washington
Ritual Dyes - Portland, Oregon
The Dye Project - Santa Cruz, California
Arkaik Fibres - Reno, Nevada
Bay Horse Yarn - Brentwood, California
Luna Purl Yarns - Woodland, California
... And many more are on their way!
We have shop exclusive colors from The Farmer's Daughter Fibers, Forbidden Fiber Co., Birdie's Knits, Luna Purl Yarns, Lavender Lune Yarn Co., Earl Grey Fiber Co., and Junkyarn, plus an exclusive worsted base from Earl Grey Fiber Co. that you won't find anywhere else!
Other Carefully Curated Yarns
In addition to our indie-dyed yarns we carefully select the rest of our stock so that it adheres to our standards of sustainability, quality, and good manufacturing processes. Some of the other yarn companies we're proud to carry include:
Knit Collage - Fair trade chunky art yarns, hand-spun and dyed by female artisans in India.
Lani's Lana - Rambouillet wool raised in Northern California and Northwest Nevada, milled in the Midwest, Climate Beneficial, sustainably farmed, and Fibershed Certified yarns!
Knitter's Pride, Brittany, and ChiaoGoo Needles & Tools
We're proud to stock Royale hybrid knitting needles from Knitter's Pride (they feature wood bodies with metal tips and 360 degree swivel cords - they're our very favorite), and ChiaoGoo Red Lace steel needles and sets. You'll also find a selection of their wonderful blocking tools and knitting accessories & tools throughout the shop, including swifts and ball winders.
We try to keep sizes 000-17 of the 16-40" circulars from Knitter’s Pride and ChiaoGoo in stock at all times, as well as sizes 000-1.5 of the ChiaoGoo DPN’s and Brittany single point needles & DPN’s in sizes 2-19 (they are made in Northern California from sustainable birch wood with plastic-free packaging).
We also carry Knitter’s Pride Basix Birch oversize knitting needles up tp 35mm, and some special wooden short-body interchangeable sets from Tulip Japan. We can quickly and easily special order additional tips and cords for all our interchangeable sets, or custom order any size, length, or style of Knitter's Pride, Chiaogoo, LYKKE, Addis, Tulip, and Clover needles for our customers with specific needs.
We carry Susan Bates crochet hooks and sets in various materials and styles, Knitter’s Pride Basix Birch jumbo crochet hooks, and Bryspun's sustainable, ergonomic palmwood crochet hooks.
Fiber Arts Tools and Patterns for All Skill Levels
We've selected only the best fiber arts tools and accessories for our customers, including sustainable wooden knitting tools and buttons from Katrinkles, yarn bowls and other fun ceramics from JamPDX, quality project bags from Dawn Kathryn Studios, Byrd & Belle, and Earl Grey Fiber Co., and unscented wool wash from Eucalan.
We also have subversive cross stitch kits from both the original potty mouth crafter, Julie Jackson, super-queer-friendly cross stitch kits from Junebug & Darlin, embroidery kits from Cozy Blue, frame loom kits from Black Sheep Goods, and a variety of macrame supplies.
And there’s always fun little gifts in stock, including pins and stickers from Shelli Can, Nerd Bird Makery, Bees Knees Industries, and many more.
Beautiful Books for All Kinds of Crafters
For individual knitting and crochet patterns, we’re proud to be a part of Ravelry’s in-store sales program! Customers can purchase digital patterns in our shop, and we can print them for an additional fee. This gives us the ability to access thousands of beautiful patterns, which we can filter by many factors to find the perfect one for any yarn.
We also carry an array of awesome craft books and quarterly periodicals on subjects ranging from knitting & crochet to spinning, dyeing, sewing, embroidery, felting, starting a handmade business, and eco-friendly home goods. Publishers we carry include Storey Books, Deep South Fibers, and NNK Press, and Pom Pom Press.