We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 14th in our series, an interview with Lady Dylana of dylanadesigns.
How long have you been knitting or crocheting?
I have been crocheting since I was 5 and knitting for 25 years.
In your profile I noticed you have two etsy shops - what makes dylanadesigns different?
Dylana Designs sells knit and crochet designs and The Joy of Knitting (my other shop) retails new yarns, books, magazines, patterns, knitting needles and accessories, plus a few cross stitch kits. Brands like, Aero, Debbie Bliss, Fil Diamond Yarn, Inox, James C Brett, Patons, Sirdar, Stylecraft, Schachenmayr Nomotta, Kertzer, Vogue, to name a few, at excellent prices.
Do you make your own patterns? Where do you get you inspiration from?
I design and make all my own patterns. I get inspired and creative when looking at nature, architecture and colour. Customization is a major part of my business and I get most of my sales this way.
What is your favourite item to make?
I love to knit and crochet everything but my most fun thing to do is one-of-a-kind bags from different materials. I just made a bag from all biodegradable material.
What is your day-job?
I am an Office Manager/Executive Assistant with over 20 years experience.
Other then your etsy shop where else do you sell your items?
I sell at showcases and open houses.
My other business, The Joy of Knitting, is 12 years old.
Find more from Lady Dylana at
dylanadesigns and The Joy of Knitting on Etsy. Follow her on twitter @LadyDylana. Read her blog here. She also has an upcoming website for The Joy of Knitting and a Facebook fanpage The Joy of Knitting on FB.
Interviewed by Jacqueline from madebyjacqueline, in March, 2011.