Friday, September 24, 2010

Favourite Etsy Shop Friday

Favourite Etsy Shop Feature


1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Jillian and I work on my Etsy shop, WeeOnes, full-time. I was formerly a scientist, but after entirely too much schooling and a couple jobs that left me feeling unfulfilled, I made the switch to sculpting and haven't looked back. I'm happily married with two dogs and twin boys on the way! We've lived in the Hawaiian islands for the past 2.5 years and are in the process of making a major move to Maryland.

2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?

I opened my shop on a whim. I have a deep love of knitting and have enjoyed playing with clay from a young age. Play-doh was probably my favorite thing to play with when I was a kid and I was always making the smallest animals my fingers would allow. If we were assigned a diorama at school, I would make mine in a jewelry box instead of a shoe box. I love tiny things. It was only natural to try to combine my two loves, knitting and sculpting.

As far as I know, when I joined Etsy, the only two options I had for selling online were Etsy and Ebay. Etsy appealed to me because of it's emphasis on handmade goods. To me, Ebay has always seemed like a place people went to get great deals rather than pay for quality hand craftsmanship.

3. Do you sell your items anywhere else?
I have my stitch markers and knitting needles in several brick and mortar stores throughout the US and through sock clubs.

4. What are your favourite things to do?
My favorite things to do are knit, travel, hike, cook, and spend time with my family.

5. What inspires you?

I'm often inspired by things I see in my travels. For example, on a trip to Panama, we spent most of our time seeking out wildlife resulting in the creation of several sets of stitch markers. Also, a great deal of my inspiration comes from my customers.

6. Which is your most popular item?
My classic sheep are probably my most consistent sellers. What knitter doesn't love a sheep? :)

7. If you could learn one new craft what would it be?

I've dabbled in sewing, but plan on getting a lot more familiar with it in the coming months. I love handmade items, and with two boys on the way I have a lot to make!

8. You have alot of knitting accessories in your shop, are you knitter?

Absolutely! I've been an avid knitter for many years. I don't get too much time to knit these days, but always enjoy carving out some time for myself and sitting down with some soft yarn and an exciting new pattern.

9. What handmade possession given to you do you cherish the most?
Since everyone knows I love handmade items so much, I'm lucky to be the recipient of quite a few! My mother-in-law is fabulous at hardanger embroidery. My most cherished handmade possession is a table runner that she made for us and gifted to us on our wedding day.

10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.

There are so many to choose from, but three of my favorites are neile, LingGlass, and crankbunny.

Thank you so much to WeeOnes for being my favourite Etsy shop feature this week. If your a knitter or you know someone who knits then you need to check out this shop. There are the cutest stitch markers you've ever seen and in every little image you can think of. There are not only stitch markers but knitting needles with her little characters on them as well. I think I just have to have some of those. This feature is just a little sneak peek, hop on over and check out the rest.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ellie The Elephant

Knitted For Ewe has a new resident. Her name is Ellie and she is a little baby elephant.

Look at those little eyes looking up at you. I embroidered her eyes so she would be safe for anyone to play with.

I love how she stands up all by herself so she would sit just right on a shelf. She doesnt just want to sit on a shelf though, she would love to be played with. She loves a good game of circus or pretending to be in a zoo.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Couple Of Firsts

My girls recently went back to school after the long Summer holidays. Victoria was kind of excited and Megan was dreading it. You've gotta do the first day of school photos so here they are. This is my big girl Victoria on her first day of second grade. I already know she is going to have a great year because she got a great teacher. Megan had the same teacher for second grade and she is still one of her favourite teachers to this day. Victoria very proudly showed off her kitty shirt which I think she will be wearing alot. She came home saying she had a great day.

I cant believe Megan actually let me take this photo but I think she wanted to show off her outfit so thats why she agreed. I got up to make her special first day of school breakfast which turned out to be waffles, bacon and some orange juice. Victoria had the same. This is Megan on her first day of 10th grade, I cant believe she is in 10th grade and will be turning 16 in a couple of weeks. I remember talking about her being this age when she was a baby and thinking it seemed impossible she would ever get this age. Oh how time flies when you have children around. Megan was excited about her new outfit she got for the first day of school especially the purple tights. She also loves her new school bag which we have decided will be a bag she will use forever as it fits everything with room to spare as long as it stays in one piece. I still have my bag I got for the first day of 10th grade and we use it all the time.

On the first day of school was also the first varsity girls soccer game. This is Megan's first year in varsity and she was a little nervous but excited to play soccer. It is one of her favourite things to do. Not only was it the first game but here is Megan kicking the first goal for her team. The only goal they scored that day. They may not have won that game but who cares, my baby scored the only goal for her team. That was a great moment.

Here is an action shot of Megan in her fabulous new soccer cleats. Im so glad they are bright yellow because we can spot her easily on the field. She is also excited to be number 7. For some unknown reason 7 is her favourite number and did some trading to be able to be number 7 for the 3rd year in a row.

Fingers crossed for a great school year and many more great firsts. So far we are off to a good start.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Puppy In A Blanket

A little puppy has arrived at Knitted For Ewe. This little puppy was knitted in a soft chenille yarn that makes him feel just like a real puppy.

I knitted him this little blue blanket that wraps him up and keeps him cozy. The wooden blanket holds it in place.

These little puppies are fun to make. I love how soft they are with the chenille yarn. Thank you to my husband for the big box of chenille yarn I got for Christmas. It has come in handy. I love how their features are all embroidered so they can be played with by anyone.

He is really excited waiting for his forever home and hopes to be adopted soon. He doesnt have a name yet. That is up to his new owners.

Here is the tail shot. You have to see his little tushy too. I hope he puts a smile on your face.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Harriet The Pig

Here she is, Harriet The Pig. She has been waiting a while to be finished just needing to be sewn up. Now she is all ready for her debut in Knitted For Ewe.

I love the shade of pink that she is. She looks just like a real pink piggy. It is definitely a hard colour to photograph though.

Dont you just love her plump round body and her little curly tail just like a little piggy should look.

Now that she finally arrived she has her trotters crossed that it wont be long until she finds her permanent home.

Ah the classic butt shot. You always gotta show the knitted toys butt, its tradition. Harriet is proud to show off her fabulous curly tail.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Trying Out A New Shop Listing

I just added a new listing to my shop. Yes it has been quite a while. This is something I have been thinking about for a while. I have done a few custom orders in the last few months for hand knitted custom socks using hand painted yarn. The customers who received their socks have loved them so much I thought it could be something that I offer in my shop all the time.

These are different from the other custom socks listing my shop because they are made from specialty yarn that has been hand painted into beautiful colours. Some handpainted yarn can be just one colour or multiple colours which can make some wonderful patterns. I especially love to use hand painted made by wonderful Etsy artists if possible.

Each time I have made a pair of socks from these specialty yarns I think I really should make some for myself or wish these were my socks. I also love the thrill of picking just the right sock pattern to match the colour yarn Im using.

So we shall see how this new listing goes and if there are any takers out there.

As soon as I can sit down and upload the pictures from my camera I will be listing Harriet The Pig who I just finished while watching Alice In Wonderland the other day. Oh she is so cute. She looks like a real little pale piggy. I will very soon have a puppy in a blanket to list as well. Exciting things coming to Knitted For Ewe, stay tuned.