Customer Spotlight: Mink fur pom poms + knit baby hats = A.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.

I love my dedicated knitter customers — knitters are so chill! It’s not a wonder because, aside from the beautiful knitwear that that’s produced, it’s such a great way to relax.

–And of course I love them because they love my recycled fur pom poms! When they spend so much time creating a gorgeous knit hat, there is nothing like adding a breathtaking pom, to make it something very special.

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My New York knit hat pom pom customer, Shanel, sent me these photos to show me how these magical mink poms dress up her lovely knit hats — adorable and irresistible!

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 Shanel buys elle Vintage Mink Fur Pom Poms for her baby knits at Nelly’s Knit Boutique.
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Channeling my Mom’s knitting skills

 

mom2Today, my Mom would be celebrating her birthday. Marilyn passed away 18 months ago and I think about her often as I pick my way through my path and wonder…what would Mom think about this/what advice would she give about that.

My Mom was a masterful knitter. She knit everything from mitts and hats, to Christmas characters and decorations, and sweaters for my Dad and my kids, when they were babies.

She tried to instill this love of knitting in me when I was a kid, but I wasn’t interested. I tried, but there was nothing but frustration and impatience for me, and anyway all I wanted to do was run around and play and such.

I found myself trying to take it up at random times over the years, buying the odd ball of yarn, the odd set of needles at a yard sale…and again, not really much but failure on my part!

When my Mom passed away, I brought home some of her yarn and needles. I went to a yarn shop and told the lady that I wanted to learn how to knit, and asked for a pattern to make a hat. She said that I should start with something simpler, like a dishcloth or a scarf. Well..I didn’t want to make a dishcloth or a scarf…. I wanted to make some hats to go with all the damn pom poms I’ve got all over the place here!

So I got a pattern, and I knit my first hat. Unlike all the other times I tried to learn to knit, this time it was easy. It was like I had been knitting all my life and I banged that hat out in about three hours.

I think I’m channeling my Mom’s knitting skills — why else would I suddenly know how to knit ?

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I don’t have a LOT of time to knit and to learn new patterns and techniques, so my repertoire is pretty limited so far, but that will come. The main time I spend on it, is on the TTC — my daily trips to ship orders at the post office. I bring my projects with me on the bus, streetcar and the subway, and when I walk, yes, I pull it out and knit a few stitches while I’m waiting for the light to turn green.

IMG_8992I’ve sold quite a few of my knit hats in my shop, and in some other shops in Toronto, and I hope to increase those sales this fall and winter.

I feel like knitting today 🙂 but my Mom was also a passionate and expert gardener — she loved flowers. I think I’ll chuck the knitting and the laptop and elle Vintage for a while today and go outside and plant some flowers.

Happy Birthday Mom, wherever you are (always on my shoulder <3)

 

My customers are resourceful, creative and talented

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~Sandal photos — before and finished product — sent to me by D. in Tucson, AZ~

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D. in Tucson, AZ fell in love with a US$595 pair of mink Givenchy mink fur slides, while on vacation with her husband in New York City, in March.

Wanting to actually stay married to the man she loves more than these shoes, she walked away (in her existing shoes –and with her man).

Determined to rock the look however, she bought a pair of slides, then contacted elle Vintage for the mink fur she needed to make them herself. And all the better: recycled fur.

I sent her two pieces of the mink she wanted, made-to-measure, and she took it from there. She created these beautiful, black and brown striped one-of-a-kind mink fur slides!

Now, for less than US$90, she has real mink slides and they, like D., are fabulous!

Recycled fur – the point is not to waste a single bit of it

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See more fur scrunchies at elle Vintage. Visit this link again, as I continue to stock my new online shop.

It starts with a vintage fur coat that I make pillow covers from. Then with what’s left, I make teddy bears. With what’s left, i make earmuffs and knit hat pom poms. With those scraps, I make lovely little pom poms for shoes, and knitters’ craft projects — and the pieces that are too small for all of this, i make scrunchies with mini pom poms. After that, with the tiniest pieces, i make fur earrings and brooches.

I carefully save the tiny tiny pieces left from the jewellrey, for…someday, when i figure out what I could make from them.

The point is to not waste a single bit of this beautiful vintage fur.