Karen MacEwan

My Story

My mother taught me how to knit when I was young. Since I wasn't coordinated enough to hold the knitting needles, I'd rest the right needle in my hip. I made a scarf but quickly lost interest in knitting. I learned to crochet in high school and did so until I developed tendinitis as a secretary.

My son was born when I was in my late twenties, and I wanted to knit baby clothes for him. I picked up the needles again, bought some yarn and rested the right needle in my hip. Even though it was awkward, I made him this pair of booties.

At some point in my early thirties, I saw Hazel Tindall at the Mall of America and researched her knitting belt. I ordered a belt from Jamieson and Smith but could only find two sizes of long double-pointed needles (DPNs) in the 30cm and 40cm lengths. I waited patiently for the supplies to arrive and was overjoyed that using a knitting belt relieved the pain in my right hand. Finding a pattern for single-pointed needle mittens was difficult, because I wasn't ready to tackle circular knitting. Despite the seam on the pinkie side, I made my son these mittens.

I'm now in my early forties, and I've been a little obsessed with making complicated shawls. My largest shawl was for my childhood friend. The shawl spanned three needles, and I knit with the fourth. Unfortunately, since this wasn't a good project to bring with me on short trips, I would occasionally forget to grab the knitting belt on my way to Wednesday knit night. I made a second belt for myself and mentioned my new project on Ravelry. As you know, word gets around, and people started to request that I make them a belt. I put another belt on etsy and folks started ordering them.

I cut, dye, drill, stitch and rivet the leather knitting belts in my home in Minneapolis, MN.
I am very passionate about buying local and have sourced as many of the materials as close to home as possible. Unfortunately, I cannot find a US company that can make DPNs.

I am also passionate about providing an inexpensive, quality product. I don't believe that you should have to exchange comfort for cost. It makes my day when customers take the time to tell me that they can knit pain-free again!