I love Etsy! I love to look and shop there. It is nice to buy gifts there, you can get one of a kind things!
Whether looking for original gifts, or something for yourself. I am constantly amazed at the creativity that I can find there.
You are supporting individuals, not the mass chains of stores and catalogs.
With that said, my first Etsy pic is knitter, Knitted Gems is her store. She also has a blog http://knittedgems.blogspot.com/. Please check her out!
A hand knitted alpaca beaded shawl for Barbie, now my theory that Barbie has everything is really true!!
Then I look further and see she has all kinds unique knitting patterns.
The thing I really love about her patterns are that they are all something I would actually knit and either use or gift to someone. From decorative pillows and vase cosies to scarfs, and hats, among other items.
She furnishes PDF document with written instructions and charted ones on some patterns.
I like that for each pattern she adds all of the needed info.
-The skill level
-Yarn she used for project
-A list of supplies needed
-Info of possible lining for the bags.
The knitting patterns seem to be for either Easy or Intermediate. Now I have been knitting for over 35 years. But most of the patterns I look for are in this range.
Fun to knit, and something that you will use for years.
Knitted Gems also has a few knitted items ready to buy. That comes in handy when I am out of time, yet want that hand knitted item.
I love that option.
From the Knitted Gems Shop:
I am proud to present 14 unique knitting patterns for the hobby knitter. All the patterns are my original designs. They are provided in a line-by-line written format. Knitting charts are also provided on some of the Easy and Intermediate patterns. Documents can either be mailed or e-mailed to you. Please note the skill level on each pattern. For pictures and progress on upcoming patterns, check out my blog: http://knittedgems.blogspot.com/
Knitted Gems BIO
learned to knit from my mother-in-law eight years ago. I wanted to learn the craft so that I could make knitted bags for each of my six bridesmaids. It was an ambitious plan that was quickly shelved. The bridesmaids ended up with sewn bags instead. Yet, I was hooked on knitting. Within the last three years, I started to design my own patterns mostly out of necessity from my bad shopping habits. Like many others, I buy yarn because I am wooed by the pretty colors or the soft texture. Then, I get it home and have no idea what to do with it. Inspired by the stitch dictionary I bought while at Knitters East, my first sweater design was born. This sweater, like so many of my early creations, went to my niece. Currently, I do design work for a local alpaca farm.
Additionally, I am working on a book.