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Our Story

Fair Winds Fashions is a wonderful medium for me to release my inner crafting diva!  What better excuse do I need to play with new types of yarn, try new patterns and learn new techniques!

Each item I make for my website, FairWindsFashions.com, is one-of-a-kind and handcrafted on PEI in a smoke-free environment.  As a result of the hand-making process each product is unique – No two items are alike!  Special requests, personalized items and custom orders are available.  Please contact us for further details.

As a crafter, I am a hobbyist with over 40 years of experience.  Fair Winds Fashions is a co-operative effort combining my enjoyment of creating with my husband’s talent for web design & development.

Most importantly, I need to thank my Mom and Oma for teaching me how to knit and crochet.  As a child, these skills seemed like a curse that I have now come to appreciate!


I started knitting and crocheting when I was 3 or 4 years old.  My mother and Oma (grandmother) taught me how.  As a child, I wasn’t overly fond of all the sitting still and patience needed in order to get the stitches correct.


[ Pictures coming soon! ]


When I was 7, my Mom made me a pink crocheted Barbie doll dress with tiny seed beads all around the hem.  It was beautiful!  My ideas about crafting took on new life.  I  realized there was more to this than doilies and Christmas ornaments.  This is when I started to make my own doll clothes.

As a teenager, I made a few knit sweaters.  They looked nice, but never were the show quality pieces that I envisioned them to be.  The knitting needles and crochet hooks went quiet for a little while.  Instead, I turned my attention to cross-stitch.

In my 20’s, all my friends were getting married or having babies, and cross-stitch became all the wedding/baby presents to commemorate the occasions.  It was at this time that I started thinking about the terms ‘homemade’ versus ‘store bought’ versus ‘handmade/handcrafted’.

Have you ever noticed that when talking about ‘handmade/handcrafted’ items, two ideas come to mind?  When a crafter starts out, you can definitely notice that items are ‘homemade’ – stitches aren’t straight, seams don’t match but the love is obvious.  We’ve all been through this!  As the crafter develops skill, the items start to approach the quality of a store-bought item, and most people would have difficulty noticing the difference. With time and practice (lots of practice!), ‘handmade’ takes on a whole new meaning – far superior to what could ever be purchased in a store.  Even the casual observer can tell that the product must be handcrafted.

With this notion in mind, I picked up the knitting needles and crochet hooks again with the intent to move beyond the sweaters that I created as a teenager.

One of my first endeavours back into the world of yarn was inspired by a co-worker.  She had just finished a baby blanket where she used Tunisian crochet to create squares and then cross-stitched baby-related pictures onto the squares.   My sister was getting ready to have her first baby, and the idea of combining two of my crafting skills delighted me.  I asked my co-worker to teach me how to Tunisian crochet, and the following blankets took 10 months each to finish.

Hunny Pot for Hannah Blanket Image Puppies for Joshua Blanket Image

As soon as the yarn touched my fingers again, I have been unable to stop.  Does that officially make knitting an addiction?

My next adventure was to teach myself how to quilt.  I already knew how to sew thanks to Mom, Oma and five years of sewing class in school.

In the summer of 2012, Mom and Oma threatened to visit Prince Edward Island.   As I had just started quilting, I suggested, “Let’s make a family quilt.”  Mom and Oma arrived with fabric in their suitcases.  The quilting vacation was on!


[pictures here]


This latest endeavour, Fair Winds Fashions, is an extension of gift products.  I had a number of finished scarves sitting around, so I asked a neighbour who is a jewellery designer and creator, if I could sell a few scarves in her boutique store Kuriosities.  I was delighted when she said, “Yes” and truly appreciate the enthusiasm she displays when I bring in my latest items.

I also must admit that I have become a ‘YouTube Junky’ when it comes to learning new techniques.  I love the easy access to videos on different stitches and skills.  My creative mind explodes with the infinite possibilities that can be incorporated into my crafting portfolio!

The name “Fair Winds Fashions” was inspired by a dear friend who uses the mariner expression “Fair Winds” as his email sign-off, which is a portion of a nautical blessing wishing you, “Fair winds and following seas, and long may your big jib draw.”

The phrase, “May warm winds greet you wherever you roam” was inspired by an Irish blessing:

“May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Living on an island, we are surrounded by water and wind.  There is only one thing consistent about the weather that you can count on… there will be wind.


As life takes you on adventures,


May warm winds greet you wherever you roam!


Lanea Kliner

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