Last fall (which feels like a lifetime ago), on our cruise to Canada, we had two stops in Nova Scotia. I was ecstatic to get to a few yarn shops on our days in port. And while in one of those, I picked up some yarn from a wonderful Candaian dyer, Hand Maiden Fine Yarn. I’d heard of this dyer before but this was the first time I got to see it in person. And it did not disappoint!
Let me tell you more about it…
Hand Maiden is dyed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This yarn came about when Jana Dempsey spun it off from Fleece Artist (the two companies are still related and operate out of the same place). Jana grew up around yarn as the family business was Fleece Artist. Hand Maiden focuses on silky fibers while Fleece Artist is more about the wooly yarn. There are many, many bases to choose from that are very unique blends of fiber. Here are a few…
Cashmere and Silk (Fingering – 65% Cashmere/35% silk)
Sea Silk (Fingering – 70% Silk/30% Sea Cell)
Silk Twist (Fingering – 65% Wool/35% Silk)
Halo (DK – Merino/Mohair)
Lady Godiva (DK – 50% Wool/50% Silk)
Alpaca Merino (Sport – 70% Merino/30% alpaca)
Casbah (Sport – 80% Merino/10% Nylon/10% Cashmere)
Swiss Mountain Woolie (Worsted – 70% Merino/30% Silk)
Swiss Mountain Bamboo (Worsted – 51% Silk/49% Rayon from Bamboo)
Marrakesh (Lace – 70% Silk/30% camel)
You can find Hand Maiden yarn in a variety of stores worldwide. It is most popular in Canada, of course, but there are many physical and online stores that offer this yarn in the United States, Australia, and the UK.
Ease of Shopping
The Hand Maiden website does not offer a huge selection of yarn to buy. It’s best to go through an online retailer.
It’s obviously best to find a retailer in your country of residence, since international shipping is so expensive. And shipping delays may be more prevalent if you order international now, due to COVID-19.
However you can find this yarn, it’s worth the price. The different fibers make each skein so luxurious. I promise this yarn will not disappoint!