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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About GlenEchoDesigns.Etsy.com

Howdy!  This week’s EYAH teammate feature is a fabulous shop specializing in knitted goods and colorful hand dyed yarns.

Glen Echo Designs is run by Andria of Toldeo, Ohio.  I grew up in Ohio, so I really enjoyed chatting with Andria… turns out at one point we lived less than 5 miles from each other!  Just goes to show what  a small world it is.

Chartreuse, Emerald Green Turquoise Hand Dyed Yarn

1. When did you open you Etsy shop?

Andria: I opened my Etsy shop on New Year’s Day 2011 – a great way to celebrate the ringing in of the new year!

2. Where did the idea for your shop name come from?

Andria: My shop is named after a park near where my husband and I lived after we were first married. Glen Echo is a beautiful little ravine in the middle of Columbus, Ohio. It is quiet and secluded, even in the midst of a city. We have since moved to a different city, but I still miss the sense of calm that walking through Glen Echo Park gave me.

3. Where else on the web can you be found? 

Andria: I can be found on Twitter @Glenechodesigns and on Facebook.

4. How did you first become interested in fiber and knitting?

Andria: At 10, my mom made me take a knitting class from one of her friends. I endured it until the class was over and promptly dropped knitting for a few years. In high school, I picked my knitting needles up again and haven’t set them down since!

Saffron Fingerless Gloves

5. Do you come from a crafty family?

Andria: All four of the women in my family are crafty. My mother is a seamstress and taught me how to sew. I don’t enjoy sewing as much as she does, but I can at least hem my own pants now! My younger sister took after my mom and enjoys fashion design; she often designs and sews her own clothes. After seeing her designs, I wish that I could do more than hem pants! I taught my youngest sister how to knit. She knit baby blankets in order to practice her stitches and then gave them to charity. I’m so proud of her for finding a way to learn new things and help others at the same time!

6. Do you ever have a hard time parting with your creations?

Andria:  It sometimes is really hard to part with my items – especially my hand dyed yarns! I sometimes am surprised about how a hand-dyed yarn turns out; it can often be much better than I envisioned. These ‘surprises’ are the most difficult to let go. I just hope that I’m giving it to someone else that will love my items even more than I do!

7. What is one of your interests/passions other than yarn?

Andria: Human trafficking is an issue close to my heart. In order to raise awareness of human trafficking and to help the girls involved, 25% of my Etsy sales go to Gracehaven House. This is a shelter for young girls that have been trafficked, a place for them to heal from past trauma and to regain a childhood that was lost to commercial sexual exploitation. You can learn more about trafficking and ways to help combat it at www.gracehavenhouse.org.

* Amazing!  As if you didn’t already have a great reason to check out her shop here is just one more.

8. What inspires your awesome color combinations in your hand dyed yarns?

Andria: There is often no specific reason for the color combinations in my hand dyed yarns. I have fun experimenting with the dyes and will manipulate different processes to see the results. I am often amazed at how small changes completely alter the end result!

Caribean Blue Hand Knit Hat

 

Now is a GREAT time to check out GlenEchoDesigns.Etsy.Com    Andria is hosting a sale on many of her hand knit items and also there are a lot of fun, colorful hand dyed yarns for your own projects.

Check back next week to learn more about another one of our fabulous team members.

~Phoebe

Find us on Etsy.   Yarn-a-holics Team

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