Photo by Rebecca Siewert
I love making things and I love people who make things! This week I was lucky enough to get to interview my friend Jesse, owner of Ellery Lane Knitting Co. She makes these gorgeous scarves pictured above and below. Each piece is hand knit by Jesse herself , and she is responsible for everything involved with her brand. She's a busy girl!
How did you get into scarf making?
I've been knitting since I was about 12/13. I actually started with crocheting because my older sister did it, and of course I wanted to be just like her. I started knitting soon after that and created wearable pieces for myself. I noticed they were getting a lot of attention, people were asking where they could buy them. It took my a while to start up a business because I wanted to make sure I was doing it right.
What is it about making scarves that appeals to you?
Knitting can automatically put a person in a state of meditation. Something about the rhythmic movement back and forth between the right and left hand. It’s like a peaceful way to relieve myself of stress. I also appreciate anything that is handmade and love to create beautiful things for people.
How long does it usually take to make one scarf?
About 3 episode of True Blood. Haha, kidding, well not really. It usually takes between 3-4 hours to make one. Depending on how focused I am. I will never sit there and make a scarf. It takes an evening or two, unless I’m in a real crunch.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually wake up pretty early and get some exercise, have breakfast, read/send e-mails etc. Then I knit! I usually take a break to online shop, eat and then knit again. Haha!
Do you have carpel tunnel yet? (just kidding, but seriously are your hands pretty sore
by the end of a work day?)
All garments are hand made. I don’t use a knitting machine or anyone else to make the pieces. By the end of the day my hands deﬁnitely feel it, but I give myself a rest if it really acts up. I see arthritis in my near future.
What are some of your hobbies outside of scarf making?
Since being back in Kelowna from Vancouver I’ve gotten into running, yoga, hiking, cooking - all things un-city like. I do a lot of thrifting for antiques, sewing, crafting. Pretty much anything that would interest a senior.
You can read the full article and find out more info about Ellery Lane Knitting Co. on The Style Files this week.