Written by Keriann Coffey
It’s official: Knitting is no longer just your grandmother’s favorite pastime. The old-school craft has soared in popularity, due in large part to its emotional-health benefits. It’s even been dubbed “the new yoga” for its zen-like qualities—something that had The Third Piece co-founder Carina Donoso picking up a needle and hook at the age of 13. “Carina started knitting as an outlet to help manage anxiety at the recommendation of her mother,” says Kristen Lambert, Donoso’s business partner and The Third Piece co-founder.
Soon, Donoso’s calming hobby began producing beautiful knit accessories, inspiring her to seek out business advice from Lambert, her friend and workout buddy. “It started in the fall of 2012 with an idea to make turban headbands and cowl scarves,” says Lambert. “After formulating the business, we brought on a former knitting teacher of Carina’s to assist with our patternmaking and production.”
Today, Donoso’s and Lambert’s South Boston-headquartered store employees over 25 local knitters, who together handcraft every designer-caliber item on The Third Piece shelves. And they’ve since expanded their catalogue of headbands and scarves to include sweaters, vests, hats, gloves, and children’s pieces. “Over the years, we’ve continued to focus on knit pieces that are fashionable, functional, and everything you need to survive Boston winters,” says Lambert, adding that Boston, where the duo resides, is often a source of inspiration for the two. “Carina’s commute during the cold winter months inspired her to create our Newbury scarf, a hooded cowl that’s like a hat and scarf in one.”
For your own new-school knit, shop The Third Piece online or visit one of their authorized retailers. You can also check them out at the Studio Sip & Shop on Wedensday, December 9th from 6pm-9pm at 423 West Broadway, Studio 300. This shopping event will feature everything from stationery, prints, hand knit pieces, vintage, apparel, and of course, wine!