I've been having fun learning how to knit and I just wanted to share with y'all (yes I did live in the south for a while) that I decided to start my Etsy shop Ornute to showcase these items and more. After working in fashion for years I know starting anything just before Christmas (especially online) is not the best ideal, but I couldn't resist. I'm having so much fun knitting I just wanted to share it with everyone.
If you follow this blog you may be surprised to learn I have a background in fashion since I don't talk about myself much here. I have a degree in fashion design, interned with designer Daryl K, and started my clothing line Ornute in Atlanta where it was sold in boutiques. If you want to see some examples you can check out some of my work at my other blog Oh You Crafty Gal. I stopped doing my clothing line to continue my education through a scholarship (can't turn down a free education!). I always dreamed of starting my clothing line up again here in Minneapolis, but was disappointed when I learned through my research that it wasn't a scaleable business model, because there is hardly any manufacturing in the USA anymore ( a great reminder to shop made in the USA). Meaning it would be hard to find anyone to manufacture my line with small orders and therefore nearly impossible to grow beyond a very small business.
I've since realized that I can still have my dream of having my own clothing line, just with the business model of an artist instead of a huge RTW (ready to wear) collection in stores. I think this model will fit my lifestyle very well and gives me the freedom to create as much or as little as I desire. My plan right now is just to make small collections for myself of what I really want to wear and to put in my Etsy shop as made to order. No more clothes shopping for me! My first collection will be this spring. So when it's cold and snowy I'll be sewing spring dresses! Hopefully I'll finish before I start my spring planting....So look for that to come in March and right now you can find all kind of fun hand made items in my store.
Here's what's in my shop so far, tell me what you think. I love your feed back!
|Brown Tweed Lacey Wool Cowl That Can Also Be Worn As a Hood|
|These super soft hand knit boot toppers or boot cuffs are made of eco friendly recycled cotton and angora yarn|
You can buy this braided hand knit headband/ear warmer in my Etsy shop or make it with my free pattern
|Yes I'm officially a crazy cat lady. I couldn't resist making Mr Cat this super soft angora kitty cowl |
Hand knit cowl with wooden buttons for a cat or small dog.
I made these white lace knee high boot socks to transition from winter to spring (they would be great for fall too!).
I made these light grey knee high boot socks with lace, ruffles, and buttons. Super cute with boots!