Welcome to Pretty Little Yarns Ltd.! I'm Marisa and I'm thrilled to see you here. PLY began as a little seed of an idea back in 2016. I had been a stay at home mom to my oldest for nearly two years at that point and I was ready to start something new professionally. However, shortly after I incorporated the shop, I learned I was expecting again and even though I continued to work on it, Pretty Little Yarns took a backseat as we welcomed our little one into our hearts. Even though I slowed down, I never stopped planning, imagining and working on our pretty, little yarn shop. My husband, Andrew, has now teamed up with me, too, so that together we can make this shop its very best.
I have always been drawn to colour, to craft, and to the handmade. I spent my childhood dabbling in whatever crafts I could get my hands on, but I was always taken with fiber and needle arts - my mom's old macrame, my nana's knitting, photographs of my great-grandmother's filet crochet protrait of our queen, or my nana's embroidery handbook. I was about 7 when I first learned to knit. My nana bought me a ball of squeaky acrylic yarn in a dusty mauve and cast on 25 stitches or so and I set to work. The edges were wavy, there were holes from yarn-overs and dropped stitches, I ran out of yarn before it could grow into the scarf it was supposed to be, and for a few years I gave up, but at age 13 I learned I was going to be an auntie and all bets were off. I needed to knit booties for the baby, and so I did. My nana found a pattern and knit the matching bonnet and cardigan, and I knit up those booties just perfectly.
Years later, when I was studying Interior Design at Ryerson University, my now husband was in an animation school across town very close to a local yarn shop. I began thumbing through their books and soon enough, buying their yarn too. That is when I really began to Knit with a capital K, and I never looked back.
Through knitting I found crochet, and then hand spinning, wheel spinning and needle felting, but more than than that - through knitting I found community, both online and in my weekly knitting group. I found warmth and solidarity through all of life's ups and downs. It is that sense of community that I intend to bring to Pretty Little Yarns. I hope to connect with each and every one of you, and help you on your own wooly journeys, if you'll let me.