Sunday, 17 November 2013

Quinny's Crochet, Shop of the Week No. 3

Every Saturday a new shop of the week is chosen by the previous shop of the week from the number of treasuries made for them. This week that honour belongs to Carol of Quinny’s Crochet. This is the winning Treasury.

Carol lives in Illinois and very much enjoys her garden, and making jams and pickles, but she loves nothing more than raiding her yarn stash and crocheting something new for a baby, or a friend, or a custom order.
On browsing through Carol’s shop on Etsy, I get a feeling of warmth and softness, with vibrant colours and I am transported to warm log fires, flickering flames and all the comforts of long evenings at home.  Let’s hear a little more about Carol.

Tell us a little about yourself and your work

    Handmade Baby Girl Christening Gown, Bonnet and Booties 

I have been crocheting since I was a young girl, it is what I love to do. I always gave my crocheted items as gifts and everyone was always so delighted with them. I love the look on people’s faces when they are given a handmade gift, I think it’s so special and means so much more. I really enjoy making baby clothes, they are so cute, and hopefully one day can become family heirlooms. I also sell scarves and headbands in my shop. I love picking out the yard and colour and deciding what stitch to use for a specific item. That is part of the fun of creating something.
When people started asking me to make things for them to purchase I decided to open my shop on Etsy. I am really enjoying the experience. It is so great to be able to sell what I make so that I can keep making more. I love when I get asked for a customer order, it is awesome to work with a customer and be able to make something just for them and know they are getting exactly what they wanted.

            Baby boy camouflage vest and hat 

What are your favourite colours
I love all colours and it is difficult to pick a
favourite but I really love all shades of green.

What is your favourite medium/material?
I like to work with acrylic yarn it works up well and is easy to take care of and comes in a wonderful array of colours.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
I don’t get to go on holiday much but anywhere with a beach works for me.

          Baby Girl Jacket Hat and Booties

What other artists work to you admire and aspire to?
I really admire all of the wonderful talented artists of handmade items. It is wonderful to own something that someone has created with their two hands.

What are you most proud of?
I love the responses I get from my customers; it makes me so proud of my work, when they tell me how much they love the item or how well made it is.  I pride myself on producing well-made practical items that will last.


Thank you Carol for your input into this blog.
So if you would like to browse through Carol’s wonderful shop, click here. You will not be disappointed. The quality speaks for itself.  

PS. You'll notice I've missed shop of the week no.2. I will catch up with that one at some point, but the shop owner is so busy with orders we'll have to make up for it later.