Friday, June 11, 2010

Today's Featured Artist: Augusta Donaldson, creator of ADKnits

Today's Featured Artist is Augusta Donaldson, creator of ADKnits.

 

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your business:

 

I'm a knitter and an art teacher. I live with my husband and dog in a little house that was just the right size until my husband bought a drumset. When I'm not knitting or at work, I garden, eat, organize obsessively, and converse with my dog.

 

I love the outdoors and get a lot of inspiration from nature. All of the items I knit reflect that, from the materials I use (natural fibers and blends) to the colors I choose. The motifs I embroider on my knitted items also come from nature -- I've been on a wildflower kick lately. I knit mostly accessories because my attention span just can't handle a sweater.

 

 

What made you get started in your business?:

 

I've learned to knit when I was seven and it's always been something I've enjoyed. Last summer, I knitted a little change purse, lined it with fabric, and it was cute enough that I thought someone other than myself might actually want one. So, I decided to do something industrious with my summer off, and instead of working on that graduate degree, I decided to knit. A lot.

 

 

Anything else you’d like to share:

 

Confession: sometimes while teaching, I imagine putting all my students to work as part of my knitting empire. So many capable little hands, it seems such a waste not to. Sigh, child labor laws.

 

 

Tell us about your favorite item currently listed in your shop:

 

My current favorite item in my shop is my owl fingerless mittens:

 

 



 

Just a simple cotton blend fingerless mitten, but the little embroidered owl on the branch seals the deal for me! I like how the red berries pop, too.

 

 

My favorite from ADKnits:

 

Fingerless mittens are so practical and ADKnits offers a variety of cute styles.  My favorite pair are her Flower Fingerless Mittens in Red.  I love the adorable flowers embroidered along the backs.

 

 


 

 

Visit ADKnits here:

 

Shop: shmugusta.etsy.com

Blog: adknits.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Have a great day!

 

Charity