PhoenixKnitwear

Welcome to Phoenix Knitwear!

Squamish, British Columbia · 23 Sales

PhoenixKnitwear

Welcome to Phoenix Knitwear!

Squamish, British Columbia 23 Sales On Etsy since 2014

0 out of 5 stars
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Note from shop owner Phoenix Knitwear is closing temporarily as I'm doing more sales privately than through Etsy and it doesn't make sense to keep paying Etsy fees each month. If you have interest in purchasing something you see in my shop, please contact me and I will make arrangements to re-open it for you. Thank you for visiting.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 13 Feb, 2015

Phoenix Knitwear is closing temporarily as I'm doing more sales privately than through Etsy and it doesn't make sense to keep paying Etsy fees each month. If you have interest in purchasing something you see in my shop, please contact me and I will make arrangements to re-open it for you. Thank you for visiting.

Julie Phoenix

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Julie Phoenix

Reviews

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neufeldj1

neufeldj1 on 30 Dec, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

great scarf and a great gift my mom loved it. pick up was nice and easy!

sponsors1

sponsors1 on 19 Nov, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

These look, feel and fit great! They stay up and they are super cozy.

karentall

karentall on 18 Apr, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Love it! Julie was wonderful to work with and custom made it to fit my little head. Beautifully made in no time at all. Thank you!

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About

Phoenix Knitwear - The Road to Recovery

A very good friend of mine patiently taught me to knit in the winter of 2012. I painstakingly made my very first scarf and although it was a hideous thing, I was ever so proud. I quickly moved on to make another scarf and a matching toque which I still love today. Then the seasons changed, biking started up again and I put the knitting away - but not for long.

In the spring/summer of 2013, I started racing mountain bikes locally in Squamish. At first I just did the cross-country races but then I got into the downhill racing. I was doing well and having so much fun in the DH races that I felt like there was no stopping me. Boy was I wrong!

On August 20, 2013, I was participating in a DH race that I realized, in hindsight, was beyond my level. Things came to an abrupt halt when I had a major crash where I was flung over my handle bars and went head first into a tree. I blacked out, but only for a few seconds, and although I was having trouble breathing, I gave my head a shake and got back on my bike to finish the race.

Once over the finish line, I realized I was in trouble as my breathing got even harder to manage. I stripped off my helmet (which, amazing, was still in tact) and all my body armour but that didn't make it any better. I was getting scared and didn't want to cry in front of all the boys so I put on a brave face and asked someone I knew to drive me home. I ended up in the hospital that night because I thought I had broken my ribs. I didn't even think about the damage I had done to my poor head. That part didn't rear its ugly head until four days later.

I got off lucky in that I didn't end up breaking my ribs; rather, I just bruised them but it was still super painful. As I was now in a position to podium in the DH races, I thought I'd just keep training on the stationary bike and I would be good to go for the next race. I figured I would just tape my ribs or something and I'd be fine. Man, was I wrong! After only a few minutes on the bike, I became nauseous and it was all downhill from there.

I went to my doctor who confirmed that I had a significant concussion and that I'd likely be out for a few months. I spent the next few weeks and then months on the couch, in the dark, with as little noise as possible. The ribs slowly got better but the headaches and sensitivity to light just wouldn't go away.

During this time, I couldn't watch TV, listen to music or even read more than a few pages at a time, so I decided I'd pick up knitting again. It was methodical and rhythmic with the repetition of the stitch counts. The joy I got from creating something even in my sorry state was so extraordinary! Don't get me wrong, I had many a discussion with myself after ripping out projects that were half done and having to start over, but with knitting, I started to feel whole again and like I was contributing to something in my own way. The happiness it brought me during this time was rather unexpected.

Eight months later, I have just started back to work part-time but I am trying to keep up my knitting as much as possible. As my body has started its path to recovery, I have seen my knitting skills improve and that just inspires me to do more. My family and friends have been a huge support during my recovery and I can't say enough how much that means to me. I won't be racing again any time soon as I've just tentatively started to ride bikes again but I do plan to get there again some day and be the kick-butt racer knitter girl that I know I can be!

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  • Julie Phoenix

    Owner

    I picked up knitting after suffering a significant concussion in a mountain bike race in the summer of 2013. I was off work, bored silly and couldn't do much of anything. Knitting gave me purpose and has helped me feel whole again.

Shop policies

Last updated on 05 November, 2014
Welcome to Phoenix Knitwear!

All items for sale are hand knit by me in a smoke free environment. I do have two cats and a dog and as much as they would like to, I do not let them sniff, rub or roll about on any of the items I make. ;)

If you have any questions about any of my listings, please convo me and I'll do my best to answer them.

Happy shopping!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want my customers to be 100% happy with their purchase, so please contact me if you have any questions before your purchase.

If you are not happy with your purchase, please contact me before leaving feedback so we can work out a refund or exchange.

The item should be returned in the original condition and packaging within 7 days of receipt. I will not accept stretched or damaged items. I will not accept items with traces of perfume and/or tobacco.
Payment
I accept all major credit cards and PayPal payments.
Shipping
All items are shipped through Canada Post by regular airmail without tracking number. Shipping costs are obtained from Canada Post and are based on weight and size of package. Shipping times are estimated.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: If your country is not listed in the shipping costs, please contact me for an estimate. Shipping estimates for international shipping from Canada are based on the size and weight of package. Shipping times for international orders are estimates and I cannot guarantee this delivery schedule if your package is held up at your destination's Customs. Customers are responsible for any custom charges imposed by their countries.

Phoenix Knitwear is not responsible for any lost packages once they have shipped.

Shipping within Canada: 3-7 business days - approximately
Shipping to the USA: 10-14 business days - approximately

All the items marked as "Ready to Ship" are exactly that. They will be shipped within 24 hours after I receive your payment.

* All our local Post Offices are closed on Sundays, so items purchased on Saturday will be shipped on Monday.

********LOCAL SQUAMISH AREA (SEA TO SKY CORRIDOR) RESIDENTS********
If you live in the Squamish area, Sea to Sky Corridor or even the Lower Mainland and happen to be passing through and would like to pick up your order, please send me a message prior to completing your order and I will be happy to provide you a coupon code for free shipping that you can enter upon checkout.