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Julie Asselin & Partner/Business & Life: Jean Francois

Julie Asselin & Partner/Business & Life: Jean Francois

It's a known fact that Canada produces some exceptional knitting designers, and as you would expect from a country that knows about the cold, they also produce some special yarns. Case in point: Julie Asselin - a business owner who produces both.

We first heard about Julie's fab yarn a few years ago when a KC colleague visited Montreal, and discovered her yarn in a local yarn shop. A little exploration led us to this ebullient and creative young woman and her wonderful line of yarns. Since then, it's been a happy partnership.

Julie will be coming to Knitty City, on Friday, May 12, for a meet and greet and a trunk show. We thought the time was right to fill you in on what makes her so special, besides her yarns. 

Canadian by birth, she grew up in a home filled with creative stimuli. An artistically inclined mom and grand- mothers who knitted and crocheted set the stage for early learning. Julie credits her "grand-maman" for her foundation in the crafts. "My knitting is as steady as a train", she says with justifiable satisfaction. A mother with a strong creative aesthetic gave her good grounding in form, color and design.

Her father's expertise as a builder and craftsman gave her an appreciation of the importance of methodology and doing a job to perfection. Maybe it was that influence  that led to her first career as a technician of prosthetics and orthotics, where precision is the name of the game.

The lure and enjoyment of knitting, however, led to a curiosity about all aspects of the craft: the mills, fiber, spinning, dyeing. In turn, this brought out her experimental side, and soon she was dyeing up a storm. Shortly, she was turning out extra product and, as she began to share with friends, word got out. The first order came next. There was no "grand plan". The road unfolded before her and, and after a few years, she began selling to yarn and fiber stores professionally.

A passion for quality has resulted in her working with mills to create yarns that are strong, but luxuriously supple, yielding fine stitch definition and good wear. She takes pride in the fact that her fibers are spun in either Canada or the USA. Sourcing "local", whenever possible, is an important factor for her business.

Currently, her company produces a range of weights, from fingering (Fino)  through chunky (Zetta) and all the weights in between. Following is a preview of the yarn Julie will be bringing to the store next week. She's planning on dropping them off in advance of her appearance at the store, so you will have a chance to come and see (or shop) on the Thursday before.

A "bouquet" of Merletto

A "bouquet" of Merletto

In addition to her established yarns, Julie is bringing her newest entry into the market: Nomade. This new sock weight has been over-dyed on top of a grey heathered base, which results in what Julie describes as " 3 dimensional colors".

New Yarn: NOMAD

New Yarn: NOMAD

Julie will be appearing at Knitty City on Friday, May 12, from 4:30-6:00 PM. There will be a trunk show, featuring shawls and designs. She will be bringing yarn for  two currently popular shawls: Joji's Mystery KAL and for  "Find your Fade". Count on lots of color options. Click on the pictures to learn more about each project.

Julie's humor is as contagious as her excitement about beautiful yarns. Here's a picture she sent us that illustrates both. What do you want to bet that her pup, "Lonely", is anything but lonely when Julie and Jean-Francois are around? 

Julie's Dog, "Lonely"

Julie's Dog, "Lonely"