Frequently Asked Questions
When will I get my order?
Any time between now and a year from now. I can't honestly say. It depends wildly on what you ordered, whether or not it's custom made, how many other orders I have to work on before I get to yours, whether or not your chosen materials are available at the moment, etc, etc, etc. I do however try to be very conservative in my time estimates. I also over communicate when possible, so you always know where your order is in its process.
How long do things take to make?
Again, this depends wildly on what thing I'm making. It can range from a day from something that's relatively simple to produce up to several weeks for fine detail or high volume work. In one example an adult sweater made on large needles using a simple pattern could be as quick as 12 hours, while a toddler's sweater on tiny needles with a complex pattern could take over 60. Again, all of that information will be conveyed up front.
Do you really spin yarn?
Yes, on a Kromski Prelude spinning wheel. If I'm feeling rustic I might even break out my drop spindle.
Will my garment be made of hand-spun yarn?
That would only happen if you ordered it that way. In which case I would also explain how this dramatically increases the price as the time to spin the yarn must be considered.
What do you mean when you say you use 'all natural fiber as often as possible'?
I personally prefer to work with natural materials such as; sheep's wool, alpaca, angora, cotton and hemp. This can be more costly than acrylics. This does not mean I refuse to work in acrylics. I will make suggestions based on the item to be crafted and your budget limits. For example: If your 2 year old needs a functional sweater that can take a beating, but your budget is limited, then acrylic might be the best bet. My thoughts would be something soft, machine washable and dry able (because kids) and easy to put on and take off. However, if you live in Maine and you have a school age child that walks to school, I might suggest a super wash Merino. (it's ok to oooh and ahh here) While the price point is a bit higher, it's warm and moisture wicking.
Why does 'this' cost so much?
Hand-made goods, especially those using natural fiber and made using older techniques, take a lot longer to produce and typically require more expensive materials. The end result is usually of higher quality but... no handcrafter can earn a profit and match, or beat, the prices of mass manufacturing. You are paying for quality, technique, materials and the love I put into everything I make. And regardless of what you pay, there is no way I will ever get rich doing this. I do it because I love it, not because it pays my bills (because it doesn't).