This week's artist is Sandi Levy of iKnitQuiltSew, in Cedar City, Utah. And this chick's not kidding! Knit, quilt, and sew she does indeed!
Would you believe this talented fiber artist spent nearly forty years creating her wonderful things and hearing "you should sell these!" before actually taking the plunge to do it? Her grandmother taught her to knit and sew before color TV was even invented, and most of her knitting comes from her grandmother's patterns. Better yet, her grandmother claimed that the patterns came from her mother, which means they'd date as far back as the late 1800s! As a fan of antiques myself, I just love that.
And it makes her pieces classic. These hats and booties can be passed down between siblings or even generations.
Not into the traditional pinks and blues? Me neither. Sandi accounts for that, so how about this awesome unisex set in bright, cheery primary colors, or the camouflage set, perfect for the young woodsman?
You can find any of those great pieces in her Etsy shop, together with this beautiful receiving blanket, a great gift for expecting parents.
She loves what she does, and you can tell. She refuses to have tons of items in her shop at the same time, because she wants to make sure that each and every piece you see has gotten the care and attention to detail that it deserves. She's also my favorite kind of artisan - the kind who recognizes that she really is an artist and isn't afraid to say it. Score one for the artists of the world!
Enough of the knitting, on to the quilting... would you believe that she's a self-taught quilter? She learned it from a book! Now that's talent.
And I haven't even gotten to the sewing yet! Sandi makes the absolute cutest dolls and teddy bears!
You just have to love that hair! There are other great ones in her shop too. But the bears... oh, the bears. I want one of these bears. Or maybe all of them.
The problem is picking. Do I want those cute friendly-looking bears with the scarves or that awesome curly bear that looks like it really needs a good home?
Sandi's blog is fairly new, but with such great things coming from her, it's worth following to see what she does next! Check her out!