Featured Member: Sand and Sky Creations

How did you get started in your chosen craft?
I learned how to crochet first. My grandmother taught me when I was a teenager and had the chicken pox to keep my mind off being ill. I picked it up very quickly. Knitting was the next step from there, although it took me a lot longer to learn as I am left handed and I was trying to learn from right handed knitters. It was definitely worth the effort. Now I’ve caught the spinning bug as well!

How do you make your craft or etsy store eco-friendly?
I like to use natural fibers like wool, alpaca, mohair, hemp, and bamboo and use locally processed and milled fiber whenever possible. I love the yarn stand at the farmer’s market! I’m also starting to use my own handspun yarns in my work. My items are packaged in tissue paper from gifts and that friends save for me and I use stickers and cards that come in the mail as incentive from charities looking for donations.

Why did you join the EcoEtsy Team?
I joined EcoEtsy because I wanted to learn from and share with a group focused on green living and crafting. I was definitely not disappointed…EcoEtsy rocks!

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration?
I get my ideas and inspiration from many different places….walking the trails and beaches close to home, books, and even just browsing yarn.

Which piece in your shop is your current favourite?
I love the Hamadryad Tams. They are so comfy and cozy and are a lot of fun to knit.

What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on some things for around our house. I’m knitting a few more organic cotton washcloths (you can never have too many with little one’s around!) and some wool socks for the fam…my husband covets his handknit socks!
For my store, I’m working on perfecting a fun new crocheted dready hat that I will be listing the pattern for in the coming month.

What steps have you taken to lead a green life style?
We walk instead of drive as often as possible and keep our trip to town to a minimum (usually only once or twice a month). We use cloth bags at the grocery store, recycle, and buy seasonal, locally grown and organic fruit and veggies as often as possible. In the summer we grow a great garden and harvest wild fruits for the winter. We grow a lot of our own herbal remedies. A lot of our food, like jam, breads, pizza, apple sauce, muffins, ect. are made from scratch. We try to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Is your art/craft your full time job? If not what do you do to pay the bills?
It is my full time job and I couldn’t be happier! I do a lot of fiber arts work locally as well. What I like most about my job is that I get to stay at home with my family and still contribute.

This post was written by

Kate @ KnitStorm – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.

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