Tell us a little bit about you
Hello! I'm Andrea, the peddle pusher behind Knitty Bitties. I'm first a wife and mama. My one and only (Ethan) headed off to first grade this year leaving me with a bit more time on my hands. I've been sewing, sewing, sewing to keep my heart from missing him too much. When I'm not sewing, I love to shop, bake, run, knit and read. I LOVE iced tea (especially Starbucks black iced tea) and rarely go a day without eating peanut butter.
How did Knitty Bitties come about?
After sewing an apron for my bestie three years ago, I fell in love with sewing (again) and it stuck ... like 3-4 hours a day stuck!! After creating gifts for family and friends and receiving lots of, 'you should sell these' I decided to give it a try on this little site called, Etsy :). I was silly enough to think I would mostly be knitting, but soon realized I'd have to get mechanical arm implants for that to ever work, so sewing it was.
How did you learn to sew?
I'd say I'm self taught ... but I do have plenty of memories of my mom sewing and I know she took the time to show me the basics. All in all, I've learned by trial and error and practice, practice, practice.
What is your favorite thing in your shop right now?
I'd have to say the 'gathered and ruffled' products like the iPad/Kindle covers as well as the clutches ... and maybe soon pillow covers (wink, wink).
Do you ever get to sew for yourself? What would you sew if you had all the time in the world?
Ahhh, I do sew for myself, but not nearly enough. If I had all the time in the world I would sew quilts. Big, small, table toppers or wall hangings, I've got the quilting bug.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I'd love to be as happy as I am right now. Fulfilled and loved and hoping that shines through wherever I'm at in life.
How has Knitty Bitties changed you or helped you?
Good question. I think having a business has caused me to be much more organized with my time management. I try to procrastinate less, nap less, make lists and get more done. It has helped give me an outlet for my creativity, from sewing to graphic designing. And it's allowed me to socially connect with wonderful people.
If you could be any animal what would it be?
An indoor cat ... they really have a great life :).
Your favorite place on the planet?
Aside from my home, which I love ... I'd have to say Maui is a pretty close second. However I haven't traveled much, so this could change ;).
Who is your crafting/handmade hero?
I admire so many people in the craft/handmade industry, so it's hard to pick one as a 'hero'. I will say that Amy Butler and Heather Bailey both changed the way I viewed fabric and sewing and I love the way they have contributed to the resurgence of young(er) women sewing and creating.
What is your proudest moment?
Cliché maybe, but becoming a mom is pretty hard to beat.
See? Isn't she great? Andrea is kindly offering up a $15 gift certificate toward any item in her shop.
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