Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #60, TheYarnOwlsNest
Our latest CraftBritannia Shop of the Week is TheYarnOwlsNest, home to adorable handmade knitted and crochet accessories for babies and children. Read on for our interview with Alice.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I have two young children so there’s no such thing as a “typical” working day! I’ve always got a couple of knitting projects on the go and work on them when I get the chance, sometimes during the day but mainly in the evenings when they are both asleep
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
Generally running round after, or cleaning up after my two children – not very glamorous I’m afraid, but they do come in handy when I’m looking for models! I also enjoy baking, being outside, reading, music, I keep myself pretty busy
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first item I sold on Etsy was a beautiful pair of striped children’s fingerless mittens – they’re still my best selling item now!
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Knitting’s a great craft for beginners, it doesn’t take long to master the basics and it doesn’t cost much to give it a go. All you need in plenty of patience and access to You Tube – there are great instruction videos that will have you up and running in no time!
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love to work with Merino wool, it’s lovely and soft to both work with and wear.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
Oooh, that’s a tricky one, there are so many great crafts to try! I’d definitely love to try quilting or freehand machine embroidery, I’ve got a sewing machine that rarely comes out of the cupboard, so it would be great to put that to good use
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
I’ve recently invested in a pompom maker as I hated making them the traditional way with card rings. It’s absolutely fantastic and makes big fluffy pompoms in no time, the perfect finishing touch to my elf hats!
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
When I first started knitting I loved having created something useful out of a hobby that was mainly a way to de-stress. Now I run this as a business I love the comments I receive from happy customers, especially when they send in photos of my creations in use! I always have my eyes open to ideas for new designs or new colour combinations
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
When I was a child I had an embroidered owl picture in my room that my Gran made for me. A couple of years ago Mum found it in the loft and turned it into a cushion that I now have in my bedroom. I love it – not only because it’s a nice picture and reminds me of my childhood – but also because in its different forms it was made by both my Mum and my Gran. Hopefully one day I’ll re-purpose it, and pass it on to my own daughter.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’m planning to increase my range of items available for custom order. For people who don’t mind waiting a just a day or two longer for their item it means they can get exactly what they want. From a selfish point of view it’s also nice when you’re knitting something to know who it’s destined for – it makes it feel all the more special to create!
Thank you Alice! We love your gorgeous creations. Follow Alice’s blog at TheYarnOwlsNest.blogspot.co.uk/