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Knit Hats and Original Knitting Patterns

Our studio workspace! Many of the knitting needles and lucets we use to create with are custom handmade.
My first book of knitting patterns launches on October, 1st 2014! Check my shop for autographed copies!
Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, wearing our handknit signature pixie hat in olive!
We find great inspiration at our home away from home, a cabin in the beautiful Iotla Valley, Franklin, North Carolina.
This is only part of our yarn stash and what we would consider "under stocked" during the summer months.

Connecting the World Through Warmth

There is something magical that occurs when you can take a raw material like yarn and turn it into something tangible ..something unique and warm and comforting, something that envelopes you and fosters a sense of security. One of my favorite memories as a child is being cuddled by my Grandmother in an afghan she made with her own two hands out of remnants of raveled sweaters she had made for her nine children. It is a connection I will carry with me throughout my days. Our eldest daughter now owns that afghan, it is my Grandmother's legacy and wrapped within it is where my idea for Pixiebell grew.

I did not know in 2007 that I had so much to say as a designer, I was merely trying to construct a hat for myself that spoke of my own sense of style. I soon realized that I craved this outlet and that although I cannot paint a picture or write a song, I have a voice that needs to be heard in the form of woven bits of yarn and string, a need to comfort and envelope and connect.

Not long after teaching myself to knit, my husband asked if I could teach him too. Needing an outlet as well and encouraged by the rhythm and serenity of knitting, he took to it like he'd been knitting his whole life. Now we share an even stronger bond that is truly tight knit.

Meet Diane and Christopher!

Diane - I was born and raised in Northfield, Vermont into a family of dairy farmers, professional chefs and stewards of the land. I am a self-taught knitter and crocheter and the head designer for our brand, Pixiebell. I am the person whom you are communicating with in emails and convos and in the Etsy Forums, I handle the office work, the shipping and about half of the items we handknit and crochet are made by me. I have been a proud member of Etsy for 8 years.

My first book of knitting patterns "Knitted Beanies & Slouchy Hats: 31 Original Designs to Suit Your Style & Attitude" launched on October 1st, 2014. It is available in stores such as Joann's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby and AC Moore as well as online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Signed copies are available here in my shop.

Christopher - I am the son of a police officer and master seamstress from Oneida, New York. I am of Native American descent, a trained butcher, a former construction crew foreman of 17 years and a US Army Veteran. I have been knitting for 7 years and in 2009 joined my wife fulltime to expand our brand. I handknit our Signature Pixiebell hats, our cat beanies, our beehives and cable berets.

Did you read our profile? Excellent ..here's a little reward, use the coupon code thankyou10 at checkout for a 10% discount.

Pixiebell in the media/Press:

We were featured in the October 2014 US Edition of Mollie Makes Magazine. Checkout the wonderful write up about us by Kim Layton.

Our Swirl Beanie Pattern was featured in the Fall/Winter 2013 Issue of Better Homes and Gardens Make It Yourself Magazine

Our Signature Pixie hat and our gnome style beanies were featured in a 2012 episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Ty Pennington can be seen wearing out pixie hat in olive in the photos above!

You can see our work in action on the big screen in an upcoming film titled "Theo", starring Dakota Johnson and Oscar award winner Mira Sorvino. In the movie trailer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1754736/ Dakota Johnson can be seen wearing our signature Pixie Hat in Barley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w3l3OCTEmM

You can see our work in a Beastie Boys parody video starring VH1's Jim Shearer http://vimeo.com/30456710

Etsy Success Stories: Conversations with Etsy's Top Sellers http://www.amazon.com/Etsy-Success-Stories-Conversations-ebook/dp/B009K8BHC8/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1349228438&sr=8-15&keywords=etsy+success

Issue 2 of Knitsy Magazine available on iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/knitsy-magazine-for-yarn-tarts/id603151053?mt=8

Our hats have also been worn by:

Jim Shearer on VH1's Top 20 Video Countdown - October 30th, 2011 episode http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthlyfae/6294678472/in/photostream

Nina Dobrev of Vampire Diaries http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthlyfae/5329070547/in/photostream

Articles and blog posts:

Interview: Etsy Business Advice from Top-Selling Knitter, Pixiebell http://www.marketyourcreativity.com/2012/09/interview-etsy-business-advice-from-top-selling-knitter-pixiebell/

UK publication In Treehouses featured us in a 3 page spread! http://www.intreehouses.com/wp-content/uploads/OneThousandTrueFans.pdf You can see us on pages 14 - 16.

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Diane
owner, maker, designer, curator, Shipper
I am an old fashioned girl from Vermont who cherishes the old ways, the warm layers, the embrace of family and the heirloom quality of handmade.
Christopher
owner, maker, designer, Heavy Lifter

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