the art of knitting

Whittier, California · 100 Sales


the art of knitting

Whittier, California 100 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Our environment is a colorful and beautiful place. For every $25.00 sold lifeinthemaking donates a tree to the Nature Conservancy for their Plant a Billion Trees project. For more information about me and my work please visit my website at


Our environment is a colorful and beautiful place. For every $25.00 sold lifeinthemaking donates a tree to the Nature Conservancy for their Plant a Billion Trees project. For more information about me and my work please visit my website at

Mary Jane Holden

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Mary Jane Holden


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vickinemitz on Feb 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Super cute!! Beautiful work! Thank you so much. My granddaughters will love these!


MidnightStroll on Dec 28, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This is one of my favorite purchases I've made on Etsy and there have been many--ha! ha! Such a kind and helpful shop owner and a wonderfully delightful knitted dog!


Jotribe on Dec 23, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

OMG, so cute!! LOVE the dog. You were so helpful getting it done quickly and everyone was so happy. Thank you!

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My Art Story

When I was three years old my mother told me to go take a nap. This particular day I was not tired. So... I found my large box of crayons and drew a mural on the wall above my bed. It took me a couple of hours and I filled the space with beautiful colors in an abstract shape. My mother came by to tell me I could get up. She looked at the mural and several expressions ran across her face. First, she was mad, then her expression was one of pleasure. However, I still had to help her clean the wall. Sad days.

My brother wanted to play with his matchbox cars when he was six and I was twelve. He wanted a city. So... I painted him one on a large plywood board. We played with that city all summer while I watched him when my mother was at work.

My mother taught me how to knit. And my aunt taught me how to cross-stitch. One summer I went to my aunt's house for a few weeks to visit my cousins. They were about my age. We spend the entire two weeks knitting and cross-stitching. I brought many projects home at the end. Also, as I left I started crying along with my cousin. We didn't want to end such a good time.

I took art classes in high school. My art teacher was a fun, creative man. He introduced me to many new media. For many years we created art. My favorite medium turned out to be drawing. I drew a person screaming in white charcoal on black paper. He placed it in the high school art show and I won first place. I was in heaven in art class.

I entered visual arts at UCLA. I loved to draw. One day I was in a life drawing class. We didn't have a model. Instead of canceling class for the day we all decided to draw each other. Each of us took turns sitting on a chair, fully clothed, while the rest drew. Our teacher also took a turn. Later when our drawings were returned mine was missing. I asked my teacher where mine was. He told me he wanted to keep it because it was the only drawing in all his years teaching that accurately represented him. He asked to keep it. I was honored.

I raised a family. This took many... years. When I finally had time again I wanted to knit. This led to my textile art and my new business, life in the making. I have always loved to knit. I had a wonderful stuffed dog when I was young. It could be reshaped into different sitting positions. He kept me company for most of my life. (He is still in my bedroom.) This dog was not made of very soft material. That was his only problem. I decided I wanted to make a dog of the softest material I could find. That happened to be organic cotton yarn. After making my dog I moved onto other animals and garden flowers and bugs. I created a bright, soft, and cheery business.

Now I am interested in the textile arts. Felting fascinates me. Did you know that the mongols create huts with felt. They would take the wool from their animals, heat it up, scour it into flat material. They would take this material, felt, and lay it over a hut structure. The felt holds it shape and is not porous. I have made purses and hats with felt. It is not really a southern California item. Good think we sell all over the world. Recently, I decided I wanted to make wall art. I just started this endeavor. I have five pictures done. I am working on the write ups and photographs. This new project is making my heart sing.

Well, that is my art story so far. It is a work in progress which is why my shop is called life in the making.

Mary Jane


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  • Mary Jane Holden

    Owner, Creator

    I was born an artist. I love to create and create and create. I completed a BA in visual arts at UCLA in a variety of media. And I am a visual arts teacher. My current focus is textile arts. I am fascinated with manipulating cotton and wool yarn.

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Last updated on April 7, 2012

Color is my thing. Color sets me free. Color makes my heart sing.

Color is intertwined in the fabric of life. Color represents feelings. Happy yellow. Sad blue. Color represents our emotions. Calm green. Depression black. Color represents our holidays. Green and red for Christmas. Orange and brown for Thanksgiving. Color is a symbol of racism combined with our ethnicities. Black of african americans. White for european americans. Color is the difference between bioms. Brown and ochre of the desert. Lush green and blue of the rain forest. White of the arctic. There is a color designated for this fashion season. The new black. There is a favorite color. Mine is the red of the raspberry.

Color can be as complicated or as simple as one chooses. The clouds are white. Or are they really? If one looks closely the clouds fill with different colors depending on how much water they hold or the time of day. The dark gray of clouds about to burst. Or the light pink of clouds during the setting sun.

On one special day I was very aware of color. I had been painting a picture inside a studio at school. I had been experimenting for hours. I was mixing colors, not just painting from the tube. As the hours wore on I was seeing and mixing more and more complex colors. I would look around the room pick a color and see if I could mix it exactly. I learned which yellow to choose to create that particular color. And the difference if I chose a different yellow. I was enthralled. At the end of the day I cleaned and put everything away. I went down the elevator and walked outside. I had the most spiritual experience. I was deluged by the color around me. I could see all the colors in a single leaf. I could see the different colors of the sky. I could see the immense variety of colors of human hair. It was complex and beautiful.

My art is about color. Currently I am knitting with color. I invite you to explore my site and experience all the color.

Smiles, Mary Jane

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Refunds and exchanges are accepted within two weeks of purchase with notification. Each item must be unused and returned in excellent condition. Items lost in the mailing process will be replaced with notification. Please use the conversation application to notify me of the situation.
Additional policies and FAQs
Looking for something a bit different than what you see? Looking for a different size? Looking for a different color? I am happy to create special orders. Start a conversation with me and we can discuss it.