My Love for Handmade Cozy Wear

There’s something absolutely perfect about crocheting or knitting something cozy to wear on a cold, winter day.  My love affair (perhaps obsession?) with yarn stores, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and Ravelry patterns began a few years back after I finished my master’s degree.  I suddenly had all this free time, and after typing “knitting for beginners” on YouTube one day, I was hooked.

It also happened to be the start of the holiday season when I first learned how to knit, so I decided to make handmade scarves and cowls as all of my Christmas gifts that year.  Within less than two months, I had knitted up almost 30 items (and mind you, I was simultaneously in a full-time job).  There was only one slight problem.  I was living in Southern California and there really was no legitimate need for creating all this knitted cozy wear.

Now enter living in Kansas City.  PTL we finally live in a place where scarves aren’t just accessories!  I eventually picked up crochet (also over YouTube) and discovered the beautiful world of Etsy shops, craft blogs, and the thousands of Instagram accounts by talented knitters and crocheters from all over the world.

Now that the holidays are over, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating my own little handmade cozy wear business (primarily so I can have a legitimate reason for being this obsessed with my hobby; after all, a girl can only have so many cowls and scarves in her closet).

If you’re still reading this, thank you for indulging this grannie-girl in all her talk about yarn and needles.  And just like grandparents love showing any human being within 50 feet of them pictures of their cute grandchildren, below are pictures of my babies creations over the last few months… Read more…