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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 2, 2020

Hello! Thank you for supporting small independent makers! I am needing to take a little break. Follow me on Instagram @theknitcher for updates.

many thanks-

Chris Willow

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Chris Willow


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About knitcher

Sales 3,753
On Etsy since 2008

Midwest mama living each day raising boys, reading books, making toys, knitting, raising chickens and drinking tea!

I began my first company mamaroots in 2003 when my son was a wee little one. I have always been a "maker" but becoming a mama allowed me to focus my making surrounding motherhood. I began making toys out of a desire to provide my own children natural heirloom toys. I grew from there and am a hybrid style toymaker that loves montessori, waldorf and all things monster!

Now that my babies are into their teens, I have changed my company name and image to mirror my developing craft identity- playing with wood and wool.

I am a mama first and foremost, but I also work in fundraising for a youth organization. I make toys in the magical hours in between at my home all by hand. My scroll saw is named Ida and we have been together for about 10 years now and continue to grow together!

I also enjoy blogging about knitting, raising boys, functional antiquing, and raising chickens in the heart of my urban living in my town. Thanks for joining me.

Shop members

  • Chris Willow


    I have been making toys in a sweet little midwest town for several years. Knitcher was formerly known as mamaroots. I spend my days meandering between boys, books, toy-making, knitting, chickens, and several cups of tea!

Production partners

  • Enamelware cup maker

    Seattle, WA

    Makes enamelware cups. I provided my design and this company created the cup for me.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 8, 2019
Welcome to knitcher- a mama based company rooted in providing in unique handmade products inspired by my love of wood and wool!

My products are non-toxic and come from a smoke free home. Most of them are kid tested by my sons! I am a one-mama company- everything is made by my own hands- most often finished completely by hand after the inital cut.

My toys are Waldorf inspired, non-toxic, kid tested, and mama approved! I work in the old-world tradition and inspiration of toymaking that has existed for hundreds of years. I am proud to bring this tradition to you. In the Waldorf tradition I leave features style in it's simplest form. This allows the child to project their emotions onto their play object.

I use only natural materials that are by nature lead free: wood, wool, and cotton. I use AP certified watercolors in the Waldorf tradition to stain the wood and let the natural grain show and then seal with all natural food safe beeswax polish with no extra scents or essences- extra gentle and safe. The beeswax polish is local organic Missouri beeswax mixed with organic JoJoba Oil. My standard wood of choice is poplar.

** Please note that I use natural organic materials, I try to inspect the wood that I use for weaknesses, but the nature of wood it could break if dropped or hit- if breakage does occur please e-mail me and we can discuss replacement.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase and am happy to do refunds or exchanges within 3 weeks of your purchase- the buyer is responsible for the shipping.
I accept Money Orders, Paypal, and Credit Cards. Payment is expected within 3 days of ordering. If paying by a check or e-check via paypal I will wait to ship your order until the check has cleared.
I ship both domestically and internationally. Most of the shop items unless indicated are made to order, please check shop home for current turnaround times. If purchasing more than one made to order item can add a couple days to the make time.

I will ship USPS and provide tracking information. Please note that international packages ship 1st class to keep the costs as low as possible. With this shipping option there is no insurance and knitcher will not be responsible for lost or damaged packages. If you would like insurance on international orders please contact knitcher in advance to upgrade to USPS priority shipping.

In my commitment to help mama earth I use high quality recycled packaging as much as possible for shipping. Gift wrapping is available, as well as direct shipping to a giftee- I take pride and extra care in packaging and presenting your new gift.
Additional policies and FAQs
Feel free to ask me questions about the products, or to just say hi!