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Thursday, December 2, 2010


I am pleased to announce that the winner of the Etsy Knitters "Winter Warmers" Team Challenge is this fantastic baby hat by Ellen of Dream Knits by Ellen. A very worthy winner and best-seller (kindly modelled by customer Allison's son Garrett).

Ellen is an expert knitter with a lifetime of experience that is reflected in her beautiful knits and I hope you enjoy getting to know her.
My name is Ellen.
I was born in Ukraine and moved to United States 17 years ago.
I have a daughter, two sons and two precious grandchildren.

I discovered knitting when I was six years old. If I could, I would knit 24/7. I knit everything, starting with a sweater with complicated patterns and ending with infant baby shoes.

I come up with the ideas as I knit. I only know what I am about to make, a hat or a pair of mittens and the ideas for the details just come pouring in. I record new pattern when the item is almost ready. It's a labor of love.

I always wanted to have my own serene and cozy knitting cafe. Then I discovered ETSY. My whole family put lots of effort to make my ETSY store the way you see it now.

I am very thankful to my customers, who kindly share pictures of their children wearing my creations. Here is my customer Angie's daughter Luna modelling my "Moose" hat. My customers are also a source of the ideas. I use mostly good quality cashmere and wool occasionally for my products.

My personal favorites are the "Owl" hat and the "Valentine's Day Glove". My "Valentine's Day Glove" was featured in "BUST" magazine FEBRUARY/MARCH issue 2010.

My bestseller is the "Mouse" hat that won me ETSY KNITTERS TEAM Challenge.

I wanted to say very special "Thank you" to Allison, Meghan and Angie for providing pictures of their children.
I love being a part of ETSY and member of ETSYKNITTERS TEAM. I met so many wonderful people here.
My major reward as an artisan is to know that my customers love and enjoy to wear my creations.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Winter Warmers Voter

Please stop by and cast a vote for your favourite item in the Winter Warmers Challenge!

Etsy Knitters Treasure Hunt

Get 10% off your winter warmers with the Etsy Knitters Team Treasure Hunt! With everything in our stores from novelty golf club covers to heavenly handspun yarns, you are sure to find great gifts for all!

To obtain your discount, simply find FIVE listings containing the Etsy Knitters Treasure Hunt graphic (search EtsyKnitters Team) and convo EtsyKnittersTeam or JayCeeOriginals with your list for verification.

The Treasure Hunt will run from midnight November 25th until midnight November 30th.

The small print:

  1. You must correctly identify 5 listings containing the image above to qualify.
  2. The 10% discount is good for one transaction in ANY participating store.
  3. A unique discount code together with a list of all participating stores will be provided once your entry is verified.
  4. Only one entry per person/shop please.
  5. The Treasure Hunt is open to ALL.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Introduction - Sara - ModernShop

Hello All,
     I am one of the new bloggers and I would just like to introduce myself. My name is Sara and my Etsy shop is I hand dye my own yarn, I spin yarn, crochet, and knit. Also, some of my sewing and painting items will show up in my shop from time to time. I'm really happy to help with this blog and I hope the new management can help get this place up and running will all the new changes that are happening. I'd be glad to help anyone if they have any questions about knitting/crocheting/dyeing. These are some of my passions, as I'm sure they are yours as well, and I can't wait to start the blog up with the other 3 bloggers.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Changes are in the works!

Behind the scenes there have been changes! New moderators, new bloggers, and new energy to fuel our team!

We now have 4, count them, 4 bloggers! We're working on a schedule for blogging, and we would love your input about topics. After all, we're all here to work together and support each other.

I'll just mention a little about myself, and I'll let the other bloggers introduce themselves. I'm Eve, and I recently started dyeing and selling yarn as Fiber Charmer. Being self-employed, while it takes up a lot of time, also gives me the opportunity to do things like volunteer for this team. I'm also active in the Atlanta Knitting Guild, being the junior vice president of programs this year, segueing into vice president of programs for the 2011-2012 year. Besides dyeing yarn, which is a relatively new craft for me, I knit, sew, quilt, cook, know how to crochet and tat, and do some half-a**ed gardening. I learned canning earlier this year, and I went a bit mad making relishes with the masses of cucumbers I grew this summer. I've been exploring handmade skincare also, and I took a class on soap making at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I've done a bit of experimenting making lotion bars too.

Honestly, I know I probably have much in common with many of you. Most of us who sell our handmade goods have dabbled in many other crafts in search of the one that calls most to us. Many of us are serial crafters in that we started with one (I like to call it a gateway craft) when we were young, and have moved through many others that we have set aside, in my case needlepoint and cross stitch.

This is such a great way to be. We are always learning and expanding our knowledge. If we experience burnout in one area, we can put it into hibernation and go on to another method of meeting our need to create until that burnout passes. I'll admit that right now I've been torn between doing the dyeing that I need to do and pulling out the sewing machine and trying a new skirt pattern, which is what I want to do.

Anyway, we'll get back to business. We have gotten some feedback about blog topics, and we'd love suggestions. As I said earlier, we're all here to learn from each other and work together. I'm excited to be able to help and learn with such a great group.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The EtsyKnitters Team Wishes You a Happy Valentine's Day

The Etsy Knitters Team designs for the holidays.

The Etsy Knitters Team, an international group of talented and successful knitters, has challenged its members to create items that represent the festivities behind each major holiday. This year-long challenge will begin with Valentine’s Day.

The items posted by members will certainly encompass a wide range of knitted finery as well as supplies coveted by knitters. Only the member’s own imagination can set limits on the designs submitted.

January 21, 2010 through February 14, 2010
The holiday challenge related to Valentine’s Day will begin today and run up to February 14th.

Starting today through Valentine’s Day, members of the Etsy Knitters Team will present handmade items that showcase the romance and love of Valentine’s Day to the public through
To search for challenge items, please type in the name of the holiday, for example “Valentines”, and “etsyknitters team” into Etsy’s search engine or click this link. Members will be listing their offerings to the challenge up to Valentine’s Day. Be sure to visit Etsy and search often.
Additionally, the Etsy Knitters Team has set up a gallery for buyers to peruse through on Flickr.
The gallery can be located via this link.

This challenge was created to assist buyers in locating holiday-related knitting items more easily and readily.