Saturday, October 11, 2008

Her nickname might be Crickets, but there's no crickets chirping in her store!

It's my pleasure to make Celeste of CricketsCreations my first featured seller on my blog. Celeste was the very first Etsy friend I made when I discovered Etsy at the start of summer. We share a love of helping animals and people in need and are both texture junkies. I call her scarves "soft mosaics" and they've become a staple in my treasuries. Check out Celeste's Etsy store here.

I asked Celeste to do a little Q&A with me to let others know a little bit more about herself, her fur family and her fabulous scarves.

How long have you been knitting?

I took an elective class when I was eight years old. From there, I studied knitting books and tried out patterns. Now I design all my own work and can get really creative!

What made you decide to focus exclusively on scarves?

I’m a color and texture junkie who also happens to be a Gemini (lots of different interests)…scarves are great because I get to play with all kinds of crazy combos and don’t have a chance to get bored (I make 2-3 scarves a day, generally)!

What's your favorite color?

Orange! Then pink….then turquoise mixed with other colors (such as red or orange)!

I know you're a vegan. What do you eat on Thanksgiving?

Yams! I love sweet potatoes, so candied yams made with marshmallow crème (it’s vegan, actual marshmallows aren’t), green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Cranberry Jelly (not sauce—don’t like the cranberry chunks), my “Easiest Cream Gravy” that only takes a few minutes to make…my Nicholas makes a Thanksgiving feast for all of us as Best Friends with everything vegan each year! He’s even shared a few recipes in his blog at, to hold off the masses until his Best Friends cookbook comes out…stay tuned!

Do you have any pets?

Yes, Nicky and I are lucky enough to share our life with four wonderful, animal companions. You can see their pictures & read all about them here:

Tell me about your day job.

I work for Best Friends Animal Society and feel like the luckiest girl in the world! If you’re curious about what I do for Best Friends, please see

What was the last book you read?

Did I mention I work fulltime for Best Friends & have a booming scarf design business, as well? While I was an absolute bookworm growing up, by now reading has almost completely gone by the wayside. And reading an entire book….almost impossible due to time constraints! ;) The last book I “read” was a comic book without words called YAM. Before that, I read a series of Owly comic books, also without words.

What is your favorite scarf in your store right now?

Hoo boy. You know I’m a Gemini, right? So choosing “one” favorite is torture! I think my new, Pumpkin Squash and Harvest Berries, Handknit Autumn Harvest Fall Scarf is my current favorite. I really pulled out all the stops, ignored every doubt & just made something bold that I could be proud of on a fun, artistic level. The result is a one-of-a-kind design (literally, it’s the only one because the main yarn is vintage & I only had one skein). It’s a bit wild and wacky with 10+ complementing (but NOT matching) yellow-oranges and purples-reds.

Thank you, Celeste for being my guinea pig. Best wishes for many more sales to come!

1 comment:

Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves said...

Balerie!!! You are a fellow artist, and more importantly, a friend who truly understands me (without even being told, you chose another one of my absolutely favorite scarves as the first image in this post--I'm so proud of the color pairings from an artistic standpoint--pink, orange & yellow)!
Thank you soooo much for this amazing blog entry--although you have done way too much for me already!
Celeste (Crickets)