Sunday, March 1, 2009

Owl Spotlight: KnitANDPearl - the Madness Behind the Magic

So, I had been making jewelry and knitting for a few years... just mostly messing around and not having much confidence in my work. I would get custom work here and there but it never occurred to me that selling it was something I could do. One day, a friend mentioned Etsy to me and my life has never been the same!

There are two components to my shop that people always ask about: The Corn Dog and Jimmy.

The Corn Dog is my little mascot! I don't know where it came from or when
my obsession with corn dogs began, but I love them and I want to spread that love. This little corn dog is magic. I like to send him out in button form to my buyers. I even had corn dog Thank You notes made, courtesy of PresentsforPirates!

Jimmy is my scarf model! I work with Jimmy at Wishbone (super wonderful restaurant that I manage
when I'm not crafting).
One day he said to me, "I bet my face could sell a scarf faster that yours." So far that hasn't been proven, but I *do* get the most comments on the items with his face on them! Jimmy is a waiter by day and a budding stand-up comic by night. He and I are pretty weird alone, but put us together and it's
pure insanity.

As far as my shop goes, I really craft seasonally. In the winter, I mostly make scarves and gloves. Once summer sets in, I switch to jewelry. I'm not sure why I work like this, but it's been the trend as of late.
I've been experimenting with different lace patterns in knitting and I'm working up the courage to start some intarsia work!
My hope for the upcoming season is to start working with metal clay and doing more unique jewelry designs.

Here are some other things you should know about me:
I live in the greatest city in the world, Chicago!
I am an 80 year old woman trapped in the ultra sexy body of a 26 year old.
I've been married for four years to a wonderful man, Nick, who makes guitars in his spare time! (yeah, did I mention we NEVER see each other!?)We have a little bunny rabbit named Turkey. She's kind of an ass.I've recently ventured into yarn dying! You can read all about my first experience here on my blog.
I know how to play the drums. I don't really have time for that these days though! :(
I have a big enough yarn collection that I could probably open a shop.
I make really good Red Curry.

That's all for now, kids!


J-Mi said...

What's intarsia?

I have a goal of attempting to learn to knit again during this year. I think I might need bigger needles to get used to it. I really want to do some cool stuff that only knitting can do.

I would be excited to see you get into metal clay! Also, your grape yarn rocks!

presentsforpirates said...

did i tell you yet that i'm going to fly out to see you for the day when the arrested development movie comes out?

and you can teach me to knit then, too, 'cause that sounds fun.

and i need some new crafts to take on, right? right!


J-Mi said...

aw, you guys are so cute. :)


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