I'm pleased to announce that The Real Estreya Knits is now a 501(C)3 Nonprofit Organization "My Own Two Hands"! 100% of our profit goes to fund Memorial Sloan Kettering's pediatric cancer research. I will continue to sell the same amazing hand-made accessories but your money will now be going to fund the front line warriors of the leading research DIPG research center on earth. THANK YOU!
DIPG is a pediatric cancer recently highlighted by Humans of New York. Children who develop this brainstem tumor have a ZERO percent survival prognosis. Zero. It killed me to read that. Throwing money at a problem doesn't always help, but I believe that it just might make a difference in the vastly underfunded world of Pediatric Cancer. I've been the proud owner of The Real Estreya Knits for six years now and I realized my customers and I can make a difference! Together with my family, I've decided to convert my small company into a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 100% of my profit after expenses will go to Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric cancer research.
Thanks to your support, I know this will work!
It's time for a contest! And this one is simple -- just post your photos of your The Real Estreya Knits products online and tag them according to what you've got:
I'll be checking Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter -- let me know if you post on another platform. Here's the best part: every tag earns you a spot in a drawing for a free pair of SHORT CABLE KNIT wrist warmers of your choice, custom-made just for you! I'll be tracking tags from NOW through DECEMBER 15th! Share your TREK tags and your photos to spread the joy!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support The Real Estreya Knits this fall at the Trail of Terror. It's always a pleasure keeping you warm -- especially this chilly autumn -- but you far exceeded my predictions this time around! My business was up almost FOUR TIMES what it was last year. Thank you again for a fantastic Ren Fest/ToT run, TREKkies!
Stay warm at this year's Trail of Terror with The Real Estreya Knits! I've been invited back as a vendor at this year's ToT in Shakopee, Minnesota. I'm packing up all sorts of things to keep you warm while you get your scare on: wrist warmers, gloves, hats, and (my favorite) re-useable gel-pack "click-the-disk" hand warmers!
I'm really looking forward to this late-fall chance to meet up with my Minnesota customers! Come on out to visit and Stay Warm while you do!
I keep finding more to tweak on my new website (www.therealestreya.com). It's a bit like how I cook -- I just keep adding a little here and a little there until I come up with something I haven't a hope of replicating!
My latest sewing project was to make chair pockets for an elementary school classroom. They turned out so cute! I basically ended up with a long strip of fabric folded into an "S". The sides are then serged and it turns out to be a pocket that slides over the back of a chair. We embellished them with an additional pocket on the pocket in a patterned material. SO cute and so useful! The kids can now clear off their tables and yet still have everything they need nearby. I'm not much of a seamstress but serging, I can do! And it's so much fun to make a project that's really going to get used and enjoyed.
I guess that's why I like knitting so much. The wrist warmers, headbands, and scarves I make are so loved, so appreciated that I can't help but feel happy when I think about it!
Look for the Heart! My newly redesigned website (www.therealestreya.com) has my favorite heart design as its favicon! Yes, that little tiny picture to the left of the web address has a name -- it's a favicon.
Why a heart for a hand-made crafts store? To me it represents the passion with which I craft. No matter what my project -- wrist warmers, knit headbands, stitch marker jewelry, or silk scarves -- it's done with joy and love and a certain passion for excellence that drives me. I absolutely love sending my work out into the world and I want each piece to be a unique piece of art that reflects that passion. And thus the Heart. Feel it in every piece I make -- it's certainly there!
Thanks to everyone who has ordered new TREK products since this website's debut! I'm so pleased to know you're enjoying it as much as I am!
Happy Spring and I'll keep knitting!
I recently moved my The Real Estreya Knits website to a very cool website building/hosting service called Weebly. It's been really fun redesigning my product pages. I hope you'll like exploring them as the content depth continues to grow! I still have my Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter accounts going so you can follow my progress by whichever method suits you best!
My current project is a pair of lacy wool elbow-length wrist warmers. I love the airy feel the lace holes give it! Also new are cell phone charms. Here's a fun one I made to celebrate a forensic science project my high schooler aced:
Any of my gemstone or glass bead stitch markers can easily be converted to charms. I use them as stylus toppers, zipper pulls, and of course as stitch markers. What are your favorite uses?
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