Handknit PICC Line / IV Covers, Gloves, and Cards

Victoria, Canada

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FreshSqueezedLymeAid is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Taking some time for my health, thank you!

Sending hugs & healing thoughts to you all.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 15, 2021

Taking some time for my health, thank you!

Sending hugs & healing thoughts to you all.

Nicole Bottles

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What started as a personal project ended up and something uniquely more...

I've loved knitting from the moment my Gramma showed me how. My life got wrapped up in string...and I've loved every stitch.

It wasn't until I got my 4th PICC line in as many years that I decided it would be cool to make myself an 'arm sock'. I envisioned something to keep my tubing in place and look awesome at the same time. I was on a 'medical vacation' in California, and simply had to check out the local yarn store. I was itching to find the perfect yarn for my armbands; something with stretch, made of natural fibers, that was washable. A tall order for a ball of string, but I am a dreamer and know nothing is possible unless you start somewhere ;) !

A teeny, beautiful yarn shop, shelves piled with rainbows of yarn, specializing in 'warm-weather knitting' (i.e.: plant-based fibers!); I was in heaven! As soon as found the perfect yarn, a shaft of brilliant sunlight came through the open window, and a breeze ruffled my hair, and the yarn sparkled in my hand ( this was all going on in my mind, but you know what I mean :P ). I just knew it would be perfect.

And it was.

I made my first 'IV Comfy Cover' after fiddling with gauge and stitches. It was a 'sea green' color, in a basic ribbing. I wore it to the doctor's office and showed all the nurses and other patients, who just loved it. I felt I was helping turn something as scary and icky as a intravenous catheter into something more positive and cheery.

I realized as soon as I showed more patients with IV's that I had to make more, so I could share the smiles. I loved Etsy, and I knew right away that this was the kind of community I wanted to be a part of. Everyone is so talented and friendly, and there is a wonderful sense of community, even though I've never met a single other shop owner!

My workspace is always wherever I am...I knit where I go in my wheelchair, which is fun; people always ask me questions about my 'play' (who could ever call this work!?).

I am the hands behind my small business, and my wonderful parents give me a hand with shipping. I live on the breathtaking Vancouver Island, and the sights and sounds of the seaside are my constant inspiration, and the subject of my photo-card work!

So I guess what I'm saying is being ill doesn't have to be all bad. You have to look around you to find times to smile and laugh. There are amazing opportunities waiting out there for all of us, and for me that was lessons to learn & something new to create: an IV Comfy Cover.

There is incredible about taking a humble ball of yarn, and two sticks and creating something beautiful. Knitting is a story, a story of beginning as one tuft of cotton in the field and growing up to be hat, gloves, or even an 'arm sock'.

Shop members

  • Nicole Bottles

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Web Designer

    I try to "fill the unforgiving minute/With sixty seconds' worth of distance run" (R. Kipling). I am happiest when creating & in nature. I am fighting Chronic Lyme Disease, while advocating for Lyme patients right to treatment! Live.Knit.Play.Love.

  • Morrigan Shay

    Knitter, Photographer

    I'm a tea-obsessed Island girl who loves knitting with autumn colors. If I could find a way to knit, read & drink tea at the same time that'd be stupendous. Harry Potter, Narnia and Ramona Quimby are my jam. I <3 2 am YouTube marathons. ^_^

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Hiya! I love to create things, and want my customers to be happy with the quality products they receive. My two hands fashion items that are unique. Knitting is a craft that is subject to how fast my fingers can fly, manipulating the needles. I try to get things out in a timely fashion, although if you need something STAT, you might need to talk to me about it ahead of time.

I am a sick kid, who is trying her best to swallow all her supplements and medicines ever day in order to get better ASAP. Lyme disease is a wild ride, and sometimes, I might be out of 'creative commission' (ie: in bed!) unexpectedly. If this happens, will get cracking on your goodies as soon as wellness permits or I would be happy to refund those who wish me to.

Got a question? Just holler! I love hearing from you guys :).

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Returns and exchanges
Your smiles are the reason I'm selling these goods. I'm a speedy knitter, yet want every article to be as perfect as possible. I am a human, not a machine. Things happen. Although I check items multiple times, if the product I lovingly created has a flaw, I would be happy to re-knit it! When you find a problem, please contact me right away (within a week of receiving it), so I can get working on it A.S.A.P. Shipping is on your tab one-way (I'll try to make it as fast and as cheap as possible!). We'll work something out. Please do not wear the ill-fitting article, but instead email me promptly and send it back to me!

No returns. Each item is made to fit YOU.

I am sorry if things get lost in the mail; if you'd like to purchase insurance, feel free to contact me for an estimate.
I prefer to accept money through Paypal, to make your purchase simple, for security reasons. I will accept other forms of payment too (such as a paper check, or bank transfer); please contact me before purchasing :).

If you need to cancel an order for any reason, contact me as soon as possible. I'll have to deal with each cancellation on a case-by-case basis, as one rule simply could not cover all the reasons going into canceling or not. :)

I'll post the monthly donations to CanLyme in my shop announcements.
I ship to all galaxies, planets, countries, states and provinces. I'll have to check with the local post office for prices, which are listed as an estimate.

Once I receive your order, and confirm the details, I can give you a more accurate estimate on how long things will take to create. Usually I can put your package in the mail 2-3 days after receiving the order, or finishing a custom article.

Whenever possible, I try to use gently-used envelopes to ship the goods, in order to keep one more pesky envelope from being created. It would be awesome if you could reuse the envelopes and pass on your goodwill towards the Earth in the process :)! If any padding is needed, it will probably be created from our local newspaper (a bonus! you get to read about all the exciting going's on in small-town Canada!).

I will refund (through Paypal) any surcharged shipping over $1.00. In the unlikely event you were accidentally overcharged, and I failed to catch the error, please just send me a friendly reminder.

If you'd like expedited shipping or insurance to anywhere, I am happy to try and to inquire.

I'm hoping there will not be any additional fees, but buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale sounds exciting, and I am game for these sorts of endeavors. Discounts for Lyme organizations!

All pieces are created by my two hands, so of course no two items are exactly identical. This is the beauty of handmade goods! Please allow for slight variances from what is shown in the custom order photos.

Each creation is made with LOVE, a wonderful AND free ingredient that makes articles sparkle :). LOVE is non-toxic, great for the environment, and cruelty-free.