Meet Our Vendor: Ravel & Unravel
It’s been a few years since we have had Ravel & Unravel at our winter show! Stay warm and stylish this winter with these beautiful goods!
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Mia, the knitter/color fanatic/pattern fiend behind Ravel & Unravel.
I make vibrant, boldly patterned scarves and hats on vintage knitting machines. The machines in my studio range from 1901 to the 1990’s (I’ve turned into a bit of a collector). My favorite ones to knit on were made in the 60’s & 70’s. These are manually operated and provide 200 knitting needles for me to make fabric on, each piece is then stitched together.
I’ve been doing this full time for several years now and have knit mountains of scarves/hats for people. It’s the best job I’ve ever had!
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
First, I’m excited to bring some of my Fisherman Beanies to Urban Craft Uprising in special limited colors! I’ll be offering a handful of colors in my solid knit beanies that are not currently available online or any other market. I’ll also have infinity scarves available that are not being offered on my table at Pike Place Market. Urban Craft Uprising is such a fun event, I’m looking forward to bringing some really unique knits to the show!
Aside from my knit projects, I’ve been exploring new ways to play with texture and color. I’ve been working all year on a new line of hand dyed and sewn jackets, tank tops and scarves that will officially launch in Spring. What I love about the hand dye process is that each piece comes out completely unique and one of a kind. It’s been such a challenge stepping away from my knitting comfort zone and working with totally new to me materials. I’ve learned a lot of new skills and have really come to appreciate the process.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
I’ve learned to be patient with myself and that it’s totally ok to not be good at everything. Sometimes it’s better to ask for help or hire an expert so I can spend more time being creative and developing new products. That took a very long time to figure out, like years, and I think I just officially learned that a few weeks ago.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I have always and will always love my Signature Pom Pom beanies. They’re one of the main items I’m known for and I tend to have the most fun making them. They’re the same basic shape as my Essential Beanie, but I add multiple patterns and sometimes unconventional color combinations (and a pom pom!).
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
My customers are initially drawn in by the variety of pattern/color choices I offer, but they come back because of the quality. My shoppers appreciate that I’m using the softest wool I could find and that I work with a mill here in the USA.
Be sure you are following us on Instagram for your chance to win any headband of your choice! These 100% wool headbands come in a large variety of color/pattern choices and are a great way to keep your ears warm in our chilly weather.