The Kari’s Kits Story

Kari's Kits story

We are thrilled that everyone who uses Kari’s Kits knows they are getting a beautiful product worthy of the most creative spirit.

The Kari’s Kits story begins several years ago. I was a knitting teacher at the local elementary school, and worked part-time at the local yarn shop. Helping my students pick out their next projects could be a hit-or-miss proposition.

First we had to find the yarn. Next, choose the needles. And there is the question of what to make, and figuring out the pattern.

Then one day something very sad happened. Our local yarn shop closed after years in business.

I was concerned that without a brick-and-mortar location, I would lose the opportunity to serve and teach other creatives.

But then I decided, if the people cannot visit the yarn shop, I’ll bring the yarn shop to the people! This is where the Kari’s Kits story develops in earnest.

I set out to create the most elegant, simple, high-quality knitting kits for the most creative, discerning makers in the world.

It turns out, the road was more difficult than I imagined.

My first shipment of yarn arrived in what could charitably be called “a hot mess”. I spent hours cleaning, separating and throwing out unusable supplies.

Once I replenished the stock, I prepared twenty-four kits just in time for Kari’s Kits’ first big sale – a craft fair at the local public library.

Two days before the sale, my mother called. My father, who had been battling Parkinson’s disease for years, was declining, and it was time to go home and say goodbye to him. Two of my dear friends took shifts at the library sale to represent the new business.

Through it all, we released the Cowl kit and the Spa Cloth kits in 2015 and the response has been pure love from everyone who sees them.

Kari’s Kits celebrated its one-year anniversary in June 2016. We could not have done this without you!