Mooresville, IN, United States
I am a Retired National Guard Wife who has a passion for handcrafting Eco-friendly items out of materials from the USA.
Crocheting, knitting, sewing, photography, metal wire jewelry, hemp jewelry, woodworking, gardening, candle making, soap making, medieval reenacting, spiritualism, the environment, politics, animals, the military, self sufficiency, lace making, handmade.
Skills and Techniques
I spin some of my own wool using a drop spindle. I'm considering giving the spinning wheel a try. I do custom work - any piece you see listed can be done in the size and color you want, trims and stitch patterns may be altered on many pieces; You must pay 50% of the full purchase price up front for any custom order over $50. I have access to organic and natural fibers such as cotton, hemp, bamboo, wool, silk and linen. All items are made in a pet friendly, smoke free environment!
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Get to Know
This is just the beginning! I have big dreams for Krafty Kitty Knit, Stitch & Crochet Productions! I want to live in Hawaii and open a co-op boutique selling beach & beach wedding wear as well as island home decor and accessories that I have designed and either made myself or has been made by other local artisans out of environmentally friendly raw goods grown and manufactured in the USA. I think it would be amazing to be able to start an organic cotton, bamboo and hemp farm on the big island and turn some of the old sugar mills into textile mills!
Right now I live in Mooresville, Indiana and am making anything and everything I find a pattern for or someone requests.
I am not a novice at knitting, crocheting or sewing, but I don't consider myself to be a full-fledged artisan yet either. I have been doing all three for most of my life, but only decided to give being a professional at it a go in November 2009. Since then I have grown in my abilities, both as a craftsman and a business manager. Sales have also increased and my goals have become more focused.
Some of the items I have for sale are first run pieces. These first run pieces may be a beginner, easy, intermediate or experienced patterns, but they are all new to me. These pieces open me up to new stitches and pattern ideas that I use to design my own patterns. Other items are the product of this process and are in their second or more stage of creativity.
As I make and sell off these pieces, more room is made for the custom pieces I am continuing to designing. As the yarn I currently have moves out I'm making every effort to replace it with organic, naturally died fibers from the USA. I believe that the higher price is worth the environmental and economic impact it pays for!
I also started "Project Get A Military Service Member Leid" as a way to support our nation's military service members. "The Project" was born on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii during my husband's leave from OIF in May 2009. Leis are given and worn in the Hawaiian Islands for every occasion. Most are lovingly made from many kinds of materials such as flowers, ribbon, yarn, money, shells, nuts and seeds. I found 4 books on making crocheted leis and thought they would make great gifts for members of our Armed Forces; Something unique that would make them feel warm and fuzzy and loved; Something that would make them laugh...or at least grin a little ;o)~ It is something different, funny, loving, memorable, and special that gives the service member something nice to have with them that makes them know they're loved and cared about as well as put a smile on their face. I also wanted it to contribute to one of the organizations that are giving back to our service members. Since we took part in The Compass Retreat pilot weekend the first weekend of Dec. 2009 we decided that was where our donations were going! I pitched my idea to Lisa Dunster, the Founder and President of Compass, as well as all of the staff and attendants at the Retreat Weekend and we got thumbs up across the board! The first lei was sold a few weeks later to my Dental Hygienist for her brother-in-law, who was stationed in Afghanistan.
The name for my business was inspired by all of my furry familiars over the years that never seem to be normal cats. Mine have all been pretty crafty in their own right as far as their tricks and habits. My Avatar is Peanut, The Surfer Kat. I'm sure as time goes by my other mascots, Tumbleweed and Boots, will get their fair share of Avatar time. Maybe even the dogs, Scooby, Kahlua and Thor, will get 15 seconds of their own! All of them like to "help" me with my projects!
This is my personal shrug hand crocheted in Lion Brand Homespun yarn in the now discontinued color, Romanesque.
This one of a kind lei was created for a friend of ours from Scotland that serves in a Highlander unit.
This pair of fingerless gloves were hand crocheted out of a wool/acrylic blend yarn in a gorgeous light charcoal gray for a co-worker of mine.
This is a crocheted hemp necklace adorned with the Ohm symbol I made for a classmate of mine from college.