MARSHALL - Aimee Powers of Marshall said she just kind of loves learning and knitting was one of the hobbies that stuck.
"It's kind of like an addiction," she said. And if she's not knitting when she's watching a television show, she thinks she's being lazy.
Much of what Powers knits - hats, booties, shrugs and scarves - are found at Italy Ava in Marshall or on the craft website, www.etsy.com, under her shop, Sweet Aimee's Handmade Goodness.
Photo by Cindy Votruba
For more than seven years, Aimee Powers of Marshall has knitted a variety of items from owl and cupcake hats to shrugs for girls. Her knitted goods can be found locally at Italy Ava in Marshall.
A little more than seven years ago, Powers, who is from Washington state, had a job at Caribou Coffee in Rosemount and just wanted something low-stress and fun to try. She said there was a knitting group that met at the coffee shop on Wednesdays.
"They would knit the most amazing things," Powers said.
So she asked about joining the group at one of its meetings, found a book on knitting and taught herself how to knit over the weekend.
"I came back and they re-taught me," Powers said. "I call them the 'knit gurus.'"
The group was even willing to change meeting times for Powers to be able to attend while going to school for cosmetology. When she was on bed rest after the birth of her daughter, members would visit and bring yarn.
Powers just kept knitting and about a year and a half ago, she started her own shop on the etsy website.
Some people are project knitters, and others are process knitters, Powers said. She said she falls in the process category.
"Mostly I just love the process," she said. "There's something cool about every little stitch adding together to form the big picture."
Powers said she takes something grandmothers have made for years and turns it into something modern.
Powers also creates some of her own knitting patterns, which includes a "cupcake" hat. She saw a photo of one online and thought it would be amazing to make. She also wanted the "frosting" to swirl with a cherry on top.
"The cherry, I got from a different pattern," she said.
What started off as just something she wanted to try garnered a lot of interest. Powers said she sells the cupcake hat pattern a couple of times a month and has sold more than 200 of the ones she made in the last year.
A custom order Powers did for a customer was an owl hat.
"I kind of goofed with it over time," Powers said. Powers said she figured out what she wanted to do with the eyes and the beak of the owl.
Powers said she just started making "Taylor" shrugs, which she named after her niece. Powers wanted to knit something for her niece's birthday and since the niece is in dance, it would be something to wear over her dance outfit.
Sometimes Italy Ava customers may send a photo of an item, asking if someone could knit something similar. Powers said that owner Laura Guza-Antony would turn to her.
She said one of her challenging orders was a knitted headband with a bird perched on a twig with leaves. She couldn't find a pattern for it, so she came up with her own.
"The bird was a little tricky," she said.
Powers said she "learned from the best" when it came to knitting.
"It took me a long time to where I can do it (knitting) without looking," Powers said. "But now it's just movements that your body remembers."