Knitting is the new yoga

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A headshot of Christina Chalifour with a blue knitted scarf around her neck.

Christina Chalifour chose The Platzl in Kimberley for her new store, The Knitty Gritty, because she likes its transformation from a quiet pedestrianized shopping area into a buzzing, fun commercial area with many new quaint and family-owned shops. — Julia Chalifour photo

Knitting is Christina Chalifour’s passion, and she comes by it naturally. In June she opened The Knitty Gritty in Kimberley’s Platzl.

In addition to selling yarns, wool, knitting supplies and gifts, Chalifour also offers knitting, crocheting and felting workshops for beginners and beyond.

As a textile engineer, her father opened a sweater factory in Ecuador, followed by another factory that made yarns from a blend of acrylic and natural fibres.

“Sometimes I would wander around watching all the machines transform soft and fluffy raw material into lovely, fine soft and strong yarns,” Chalifour said.

Now she is particularly attracted to natural fibres like linen and hemp and even some exotic yarns like linen with stainless steel.

Shelves of colourful yarns fill the Knitty Gritty shop.

The Knitty Gritty offers classes for beginners and beyond beginners. — Christina Chalifour photo

Knitting is on the upswing—some call it the new yoga. The relaxing, repetitive motion can help with stress and depression.

“I enjoy knitting,” Chalifour said, “It’s my Zen practice. Not only does it helps me relax, but I get a hat at the end of it!”

A close-up of colorful skeins of yarn

The shop is full of natural fibres, including one that has the texture of linen paper. — Christina Chalifour photo

 

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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