nonstop knits

distinctive handknit clothing 
and accessories


design a purse!

infant and toddler hats

girls' boutique

patterns for sale

how to order


First sales:  the Eastown Bizarre Bazaar in Grand Rapids, MI.



This collection is the result of both my newfound passion for knitting and the encouragement of my family and friends.  My mother-in-law taught me to knit two years ago and said, "You'll love it!"  Since then, I've hardly been without needles in my hands, which has caused her to say, "You're hooked!"  She was right then, and she's right now!  

After knitting many scarves, hats, and children's sweaters (for my daughter and numerous babies of friends), I took my best friend's advice and knit a purse to felt.  Since then I have been designing, knitting, and felting dozens of purses.  My sister-in-law pushed me to put my purses for sale on the street in the annual Eastown Bizarre Bazaar in Grand Rapids.  Business was great, and I've been expanding the purse and hat collections since then.

This website serves as my portfolio, and my husband has been a wonderful supporter by helping me with its creation and by adding photos and information as my business grows.  

I enjoy the entire process of this venture:  pattern design, yarn selection, knitting, felting, photographing products, and working with clients to choose colors and styles that will best complement their tastes and lifestyles.

I'm almost as proud of this portfolio of knitting as I am of my three beautiful children!  My sons came up with the name "nonstop knits", and my daughter willingly wears everything I make for her. 

In my life before children, I studied art history and fiber art, attending Calvin College and then Western Washington University, earning my BA from WWU in 1993.  Nonstop knits provides me with constant color and design projects, as my love of art and passion for knitting merge with a marketplace for quality, handmade accessories and gifts.  I look forward to serving you through nonstop knits!

Ruth Boelkins
Jenison, MI
[email protected] 



slideshow of recent work

about the purse collection

the felting process

about nonstopknits

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