Ellita's Flying Snail

Today we visit with Ellita's Flying Snail. The name of this shop amuses me no end, but the knitting is no joke. I don't know when I have seen such impactful and dramatic pieces. They are truly stunning. According to their shop statement, "this is a joint venture of a group of artists skilled in all crafts of life. One is a dreamer and another is a weaver. One is a thread knitter and another is leather knotter. Together they bring you a little window into their everyday life, with its passion and creativity, or should I say passion for creativity...All knit and knot art is guaranteed to keep your persona unique, your body warm and your soul open wide to wonder." Ella herself was kind enough to grant us an interview.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I have some vague memories of learning how to knit and crochet in my childhood, I had many wonderful teachers like my grandmother, my mother, other caring teachers, and then books, of course. But then I put my knitting aside and it took many years for me to pick up my craft again! And that happened when I met wonderful people (and artists!) who owned a gallery and a shop in the UK (www.kindom.co.uk). Working with them, and being inspired by their work every day, I realized that my basic knowledge of knitting and crochet along with my love of colors and textures could come together into something new – my own creative process! That is when I became a yarn maniac (and I never stopped!). All my friends and family were covered with my woolen creations, but the number of people does not grow as fast as the number of presents, and one could take only so many… So that is when I began to feel sad and dispensable… Until… the happy day when I heard about Etsy, and life had a new meaning for me! Hooray for Etsy, and you know the rest!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Oh, there are so many! Like taking bubble baths after a long day of work, listening to my favorite music, cooking and eating, spending time with my friends and family, hunting for yarn and buttons in many various shops in the Garment District in NYC, and knitting, of course!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Time, time, and time again! I wish I had more time for organizing, listing new items and advertising my shop, but reality is such that there are other things in life which needed to be taken care of, so finding a perfect balance between all of these things is a big everyday challenge!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Hehe, I often call myself a "shoemaker without boots" as I possess only two scarves which I made, but I certainly have my personal favorites from the shop and here they are:

Black Chic Capelet
Faux Fur Victorian Cape
Foggy Sky Stole

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I remember loving horses, so I would imagine that when I grew up, i would work somewhere with horses, I really did not have a clear idea where exactly :)

When I saw a movie about a famous ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, I was really inspired to become a ballerina, but that also did not happen :)

I probably had a few other notions of what I wanted to be when I grew up, and no, I never had an idea that I would become speech-language therapist and knitwear designer, which I am now!

What other shops out there do you love?
There are so many, but let me list a few:


What does your future hold?
It is hard to say what future might hold, but if someone were to ask me what i would like to do in ten years time, I would answer - the same thing. Perhaps I would want to equalize the ratio of working with people (my therapy job) and creating tangible things, as right now there are too many factors in this equation which do not allow the two sides to be equal.

Be sure to stop by the shop today! Every Friday they celebrate TGIF by putting selected models of scarves for Sale! And I do believe today is Friday...