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yoga skirts

This weekend, I sewed up a few girly yoga skirts for my sweet nieces, who just turned four and six. While I'm characteristically late in getting their presents to them, I figured I'd make up for it by going all-out with the pink and purple. This is a challenge for me. While I do like purple, pink makes me wince. I should get over that. One day I'll probably have a little girl who only wants to wear pink. Sigh. Perhaps I'll be able to persuade her to stick with mauve. 

yoga skirt close up

But I digress. This post is about all kinds of knits, and where to find them, regardless of your color preferences.

pile of knit fabric

You can't generally find knits (or a whole host of other fashion fabrics) at stores that specialize in quilting cottons. (An exception to this is Sew, Mama, Sew, where you can now pre-order Michael Miller's new line of knit fabrics.) You'll need to extend your reach a little bit. Without further ado, I'd like to share with you my preferred stores for buying knits.

NearSea Naturals NearSea Naturals carries a fantastic selection of organic basics. This is a great place to go for stash-building.

Banberry Place has an incredible selection of knits from Europe, which tend to be colorful and high-quality. They have the best selection of printed knit fabric that I know of. Banberry also carries a fantastic collection of Hilco Campan striped knits, which are great for kids clothing.

Joann Fabrics - I've had good days and bad days at my local Joann's; stick with the 100% cotton knits and you should be fine.

Spoonflower Spoonflower is incredible - you can print any design on your chosen fabric - an organic, knit interlock is one of the options. I have some knits from Wonderfluff that I love - so cheery and unique. (That's them on top of that pile of fabric.)

Weir Dolls & Crafts The only place that I know of where you can find organic cotton velour. Oh so yummy - great for baby clothes, blankets, and doll making.

Fashion Fabrics Club has over 1000 knits at very good prices. That said, they take for-ev-er to ship your order. I know because I've twiddled my thumbs for weeks on end waiting for stuff to show up at my door.

Please chime in in the comments if you have a great knit fabric source to share!