It’s the perfect time to pick up some cozy knits to keep you warm! Knitting Ain’t Easy makes hand knit scarves, cowls and hats for adults, kids and babies! We love her new two-toned scarves and hats and have a feeling they’ll be a huge hit at the Holiday Market! (We think they’re perfect for ice skating..wink,wink)
Tell us a little about when you started Knitting Ain’t Easy. How long have you been knitting?
I’ve always been really into fiber and string projects, so when my sister came to my apartment with yarn, needles and a youtube video, I was all in. I made my first scarf in 2012 and it took FOREVER to finish… but I was so proud when I was finally able to sew in the ends and wear my scarf around town. I started making hats and scarves for myself, and then making more for holiday gifts. It may seem kind of strange for someone who love cold weather items, but the truth is that I can’t stand the cold, so I became completely addicted to making things to help me stay warm. You should have seen my hat collection once the polar vortex hit in Scranton! The number of knits I would wear at once was kind of embarrassing.
In 2014, after two particularly cold and snowy winters, I moved down to Florida and the warm weather took away some of my motivation for knitting. I opened my Etsy shop, Knitting Ain’t Easy, to help keep me connected to the craft. Now living back up in NY, my motivation to knit has been at an all-time high and I’ve even started making some new products for my shop this year! I’m excited to introduce them at the ScrantonMade Market this year.
What will you be selling at the holiday market?
I’ll be selling my hand-knit scarves, cowls and hats! I tend to lean towards neutral colors and designs, but at the market I’ll be adding some fun new colors and matching items for kids and toddlers! These are new for me so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone thinks. I also just made my first blanket scarf and I’m in love, so I may bring a few examples of those as well! I graduated from The University of Scranton in 2010, and a few of my fellow alumni have also started selling handmade goods on Etsy – two are even planning to sell some of their items with me! You can check out some examples of Bahar’s handpainted glassware at kayacreations.etsy.com and Donna has some awesome embroidery at www.thewalnutbutton.com.
Do you have a most popular holiday item?
Beanies and chunky scarves have definitely been my best sellers so far, but I have a feeling that these new matching sets might go quickly.
Do you have a favorite design?
I just added this two-toned hat to my line and it’s quickly become a favorite.
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This event is brought to you by Lackawanna County and ScrantonMade. And, in partnership with Lackawanna County Visitor’s Bureau, King Outdoor, and Wayne Bank! We are proud to work with such great partners who believe in the power of the arts to bring community together!