By Winter Dubbin
Winter Dubbin is putting nearly a decade of crafting experience to good use by offering knitted and crocheted hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, sweaters and more as Winter’s Winter Wear.
“When I was pregnant with my first son, Chase, I had a lot of free time and thought it would be cool to make him some hats and sweaters,” says Winter, who bought some second-hand needles and cheap yarn, watched about two dozen videos and then got to work. “I realized I had a knack for knitting and began to take on more and more complex projects.”
She then added crocheting to the mix, and soon, Winter’s children were outfitted in all kinds of handmade clothes—from toys to hats, sweaters, Halloween costumes “and everything in between,” she says.
It was only a matter of time before she started receiving unique gift requests from family and friends.
“I want my customers to feel joy when gifting – and warm when wearing!” says Winter, whose favourite part of being an entrepreneur is “seeing the joy on people’s faces when they are wearing or gifting my projects.”
When it comes to sourcing her materials, she’s “very particular,” she says, “as all yarns are not made the same.”
“I have found brands of yarn that have stood the test of washing, drying, being played with or worn by children and also have a beautiful stitch definition.”
Local crafters like Winter offer many benefits to the Wawa area.
“It helps to bring local flair, bring people together and provide income especially for stay-at-home mothers,” she says, adding she’s always exploring new and exciting projects, including her new favorite, hooded blankets.