Today on the podcast we have Chris Barnes, owner of Brittany needles. These beautiful finely crafted wooden tools are hand finished and exactly sized. All of their hooks and needles are made in the USA from sustainably harvested Birch and Black Walnut. They are not only beautiful to look at but feel warm and smooth in your hands and are a pleasure to work with. Learn about their story with me today on the Yarn Thing Podcast.
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About Brittany Needles:
Brittany Needles was started 41 years ago by Gene and Galer Barnes in their garage in Northern California. Chris and Michri worked with his parents for 15 years and officially took over the business in 2013. All of the manufacturing is done in house which ensures consistent quality. When you purchase their needles you aren’t just getting a beautiful set, you are getting something that is made by hand in the USA and that comes backed with amazing customer service.
Best of all, Brittany Needles is an environmentally-minded company and tries to minimize their impact at every stage of production. Included in their desire to be environmentally-minded they have worked very hard to develop the “greenest” packaging possible. It is made from 100% recycled paperboard and is 100% recyclable. If the label is removed it is perfectly safe to put in your compost pile. The package is as small and lightweight as possible to be efficient in shipping and thus consume less energy getting to the final customer. They don’t stop their either. The waste that they produce for the entire company is less than some households. Not only can you feel great about the beautiful needles or hooks that you are using but you know that the company is really thinking about their impact on the world.
You won’t find Brittany Needles in any of the big box stores. Not only do they believe in decreasing the footprint that they leave they also feel that it is important to support small business. Local Yarn Shops are able to answer your questions, help you find the right tools and provide a community where you can enrich your love for the craft. If you don’t have a local yarn shop near you, don’t worry, you are able to purchase Brittany Needles online as well.
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