TheIvyKillers

~ It's all in the details ~

Everett, Washington · 242 Sales

TheIvyKillers

~ It's all in the details ~

Everett, Washington 242 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(25)

Announcement   Handmade in Washington State! Featuring the highest quality crochet scarves and accessories and 100% cotton reversible cloth napkins made with care and impeccable attention to detail, The Ivy Killers brings you both Ready to Ship and Made to Order items to brighten your look and your home. Support an independent artist and treat yourself to beautiful handmade pieces today!

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Last updated on Dec 11, 2017

Handmade in Washington State! Featuring the highest quality crochet scarves and accessories and 100% cotton reversible cloth napkins made with care and impeccable attention to detail, The Ivy Killers brings you both Ready to Ship and Made to Order items to brighten your look and your home. Support an independent artist and treat yourself to beautiful handmade pieces today!

Brooke Cassell

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5 out of 5 stars
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Sophia Dookh

Sophia Dookh on Apr 10, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The pattern is explained very well, with easy instructions of every step. The first row was hard, but there is an option to replace the first row's Foundation Double Crochet with an easier alternative. The rest went by easily! I made the scarf for someone's birthday, to many compliments. Very pretty and looks intricate and elegant.

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New pattern release!! Make this chunky, cozy, squishy and warm cable hat - I walk you through crochet cables... Easy peasy!

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Obsessing about the details, craving amazing yarns and fabrics, saving the earth in style!

I moved to Seattle from the Midwest, and I was immediately struck by all the lush, green vegetation. I came from flat farmland, beautiful in its own way, but the rolling, forested hillsides were a profound and wonderful change. I loved the cascading English ivy that covers so many of the surfaces in the Pacific Northwest, and it wasn't until I took an Ecology course that I realized how pesky that ivy really is. Planted as an ornamental in people's yards and gardens, English ivy flourished in this environment and became an invasive weed that kills off native plants and trees in its voracious quest to take over everything it encounters.

I started noticing how ivy-covered trees were actually being killed by the excessive vegetation and the sheer weight of the vines and leaves, and closer to home, a big old apple tree in my yard split in two from the weight of the ivy growing on it. The tree fell right into the house, punching a hole in the roof and filling the walls with rainwater. After losing a closet full of clothes and shoes to the resulting mold, I was convinced - down to ivy!

Now, as an environmental scientist-in-training in Portland, Oregon, and a lover of the natural world, I've taken part in countless weekends dedicated to pulling out the ivy and other invasive plants taking over parts of PNW forests and replacing them with native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. If you want to read more about this practice and other ways to improve the health of ecosystems across the world, you can check out the website for the Society for Ecological Restoration, International.

Killing ivy has become my analogy for finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems - there are so many things we can do! I believe that thrifting, recycling, "freecycling", crafting, gardening, buying from small businesses and cooking at home are all important things I can do to contribute to creating a better world. So come on and join me - and kill some ivy in whatever way works for you!

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  • Brooke Cassell

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    While working hard at becoming an environmental scientist I love to hunt for edible mushrooms, hike, garden, sew and crochet. I learned to sew as a youngster with my precious Nana, who was a skilled seamstress and sewed much of my childhood clothing.

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