Using soft, lovely fibers in amazing colors to create wearable art customized for you.
The Start of Something Beautiful
When I started knitting, I knew it was something I could love. There are so many challenging and rewarding techniques, such as stranded colorwork, cables, slipped stitches, lace knitting, double knitting, and even brioche. I love them all, running yarn through my hands to make fabric, coming up with ideas, playing with math, and realizing a final creation. Another thing that I have grown to love (although it was hard at first) is that knitting can be ripped out. A mistake is not cast in stone, an ill placed decrease or a dropped stitch can be fixed. Sometimes the knitting in progress must be set aside, a bit of a time out, before the ripping and reknitting can be faced. But this is a strength of such a fluid art form, the ability to make your object how you truly want it.
Style & Quality
When you are making things yourself, you can make them the way you want them to be, complicated, interesting, and of high quality. If a person wants a basic stocking cap, I can make that for them. But when I am looking at what I am creating to sell, I know a plain hat could be found at any department store; and besides, a plain hat is really just a bit boring to knit. You can't find the softest alpaca, cashmere, or lovely patterned stitches made on a machine or for sale at a mega store.
The yarns I choose are often made with natural animal fibers, the best in the world for softness, lightness, and warmth. Some of these are alpaca, cashmere, and wool. I also favor yarns made of plant fibers, such as soy, cotton, linen, and tencel. One yarn I bought recently was made of pearls! I also do use acrylic blends at times, especially for baby and kid clothes. In these cases, it's a benefit to be able to machine wash and dry.
Tell me what colors, style, size you want, and I can knit something just for you! If you need it to be super soft, and don't like the color green, let me know. If a rich, saturated, hand dyed wool would perfectly match your coat, we can use that yarn. If you (oh, I am just so sorry to hear it) are allergic to wool, substitutions can be made. When placing a custom order, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Bigger and more complicated items will cost more. The price will be established up front.
- I live in a rural area with a pretty small local yarn selling community. If there is a particular yarn you want, it might take me a while to order it.
- I can do fine tuning if you decide you want something just a little different; just let me know.
- My first priority is that you are absolutely satisfied with your finished item. I am proud of my work, and I want you to love your hand knitted creation!
Custom orders are fun. I get to be creative and make something I usually haven't made before.
A lifelong path
I feel very lucky to have found something I enjoy as much as knitting, and that I can share my love with others who will enjoy the things I make. Of course, I will never make a living at this, but I enjoy it enough that it will help to make my life.