Announcement Warming your soul and senses with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted wearables; original patterns; and one-on-one lessons in fiber and fabric.
Warming your soul and senses with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted wearables; original patterns; and one-on-one lessons in fiber and fabric.
Anonymous on Apr 22, 2012
Just the right size for a bar of soap and the color is wonderful.
Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011
Handmade creations, original patterns, and lessons in fiber and fabric.
When I was a girl, I was dragged by my aunt from craft shows to fabric stores, forced to wear my mother's hand-sewn costumes, and given plushies and blankets created on my mother's sewing machine and crochet hooks. As you can probably tell, I wasn't enthusiastic about these experiences.
Flash-forward to my first year of law school. I was going through the ritual hazing by Socratic method, endless reading of archaic (and largely irrelevant) case law, and discovering I was no longer one of the smartest kids in the room. Law school and life forced me to do some soul-searching and prioritizing.
I ultimately did decide to become a lawyer (a thrilling story that I'll save for another day), but, along the way, I re-discovered my creative side. I first picked up my Brittany hooks as a way to pass the time and keep my mind focused. But as I started accumulating finished projects, I kept hearing the same things over and over from friends, family, and classmates: 1) "you're really good at this", 2) "you should sell that", and 3) "can you teach me?".
The rest, as they say, is history. I opened this Etsy shop the second semester of my 1L year. The shop name at the time, was a play on an irritating fact of my life. My then-last name, Kastroll, was always being misspelled with a "C" instead of a "K". In a pregnant-brain moment, I decided to flip that quirk on itself, and "Kastroll Kreations" was born.
My first items were sewn baby layette sets that I designed on the fly, followed by crocheted items copied from patterns, and then, as my confidence grew, crocheted items that I designed and patterns I created. I was earning enough money to supplement my family's income, which allowed us to have some leisure in between work, studies, and parenting. My shop led to teaching gigs in the Denver area and a few juried craft shows. I was in love with the home-based, handmade business.
Law school ended, and the reality of commissioning in the Navy JAG Corps, studying for the bar, going to officer indoctrination school, moving to my first duty station, and losing and then finding love again forced me into a creative hiatus. That, and it's hard to find an audience for crocheted items -- generally cool-weather items -- in Sunny San Diego.
I'm now retired from the Navy, and settled into Los Angeles, California as my partner pursues his dream in the entertainment industry. Los Angeles, thankfully, has a winter that is actually cold and fashionistas (and fashionistos) that wear winter wear in spite of the weather. Inspired by the creatives around me, I've finally embraced my crafty heritage, and I'm having a blast doing it. You can now find my fiber creations as well as the occasional other creative enterprise.
Mommy-wife, lawyer-Vet, and creative spirit, currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Picked up her Brittany crochet hooks in law school for "milk money", and hasn't put them down since.
A large portion of my work is custom, and I am always thrilled to receive a custom order. You may use any of the items you see here or in my "Sold Items" as inspiration. Once you're ready to proceed, click on "Request Custom Item" in my store to give life to your idea.
For more information about my creative process and fiber works-in-progress, visit me on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/angelinamal.
Thank you again for visiting. If you have any questions regarding my creations, patterns, or just need a little help with your own crafting, please feel free to convo me.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
For made-after-purchase designs, I'll contact you for specifications, and once I receive them, I'll begin work on your order. Your item will be done and in the post within 7 business days.
For completely custom orders, here's an estimated time frame for the most common factors:
* Mutual selection of fibers, colors, and design: 2-5 days
* Ordering materials through mail-order supplier: 4-7 days
* Hand-crocheting, seaming, blocking, and finishing your item: 2-14 days
The average turnaround time for a custom order is two weeks, but this may vary depending on my workload. If you absolutely must have your item at the top of my work list, you may purchase a "rush order" from my shop.
WHAT I SHIP IN: I do my best to use all reused or recycled packaging: bubble mailers, tyveks, boxes, tissue paper, envelopes, paper, and zip-top bags. I ensure these items are clean and in good working order before reusing them. Reusing and recycling helps me keep costs down and keeps the Earth in good shape for my baby girl.
HOW I CALCULATE SHIPPING: All of my shipping is based on the First Class Package rate to your country and includes the cost of time and materials (shape-formed or fragile items have an additional surcharge added for handling). Upgraded shipping options are available for purchase in my shop; please purchase these if you need your order rushed. If there are any gross differences in actual and quoted shipping costs, I am happy to refund the difference.
SPECIAL SHIPPING NOTICE TO PAYPAL USERS: If you pay via PayPal, and the address provided at checkout does not match your PayPal address, and you don't let me know why (e.g. it's gift, you moved and forgot to update PayPal), I will contact you to see which address is correct. If I do not hear from you within 72 hours, I will ship to the PayPal Verified address.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I am happy to ship internationally. My international shipping method is USPS First Class International Package. There are variable timelines for this service, although the average has been about 7-14 days. Your country's customs may add some time to this estimate. I accurately declare the value and content of every package I send. Customs fees are your responsibility; I will not refund any customs fees that are assessed.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
WHOLESALE AND CONSIGNMENT INQUIRIES WELCOME.
Frequently asked questions
For natural wool, hand wash or gentle machine washing, and drying flat are best. You can see a tutorial at http://www.merino.com/wool/care-instructions/how-to-wash-wool/.
For superwash wool, machine washing in cool water and either tumble drying on air or low heat are best. Cascade Yarns, the manufacturer of most of the superwash I use, has a good article on care of your superwash wool item at http://www.cascadeyarns.com/search_SuperwashFiber.htm.
Cotton items can be machine washed and tumbled. Using heat may cause some shrinkage, so I recommend cold water and a low heat to dry.