BLUE HILL — Kaytlin Cousins appears to have been born with crochet hooks in her arms.
A beloved aunt to many younger kids within the Cousins clan, she creates animals, sea creatures, Easter baskets, jumbo baskets, blankets, mittens, hats and scarves, child headbands, Halloween costumes and extra. Seemingly, any creation is feasible for Cousins if she’s armed with a skein of yarn and her needles.
The Isle au Haut native has been crocheting since she was a really younger youngster. She realized from her father, Maine Forest Ranger John Cousins, who realized from his mom, Mary Wallace Cousins.
“He says I surpassed him in expertise by the point I used to be 11,” she stated.
Her father had traveled out of state one winter for park ranger faculty.
“Earlier than he left, he knit us a pink, purple and inexperienced blanket,” she stated.
Cousins used to show her classmates on the varsity bus easy methods to crochet and now, she’s instructing a couple of of her eight nieces and nephews, who vary in age from 7 months to 12 years. Her niece Addie appears to be following essentially the most carefully in her footsteps.
“As quickly as she might maintain a crochet hook, she wished to study. She would sit in my lap and I’d information her hand.”
Doing enterprise because the Fairie Ring, she sells her items at native craft gala’s and thru phrase of mouth and on Fb. Crocheted blueberry hats and matching footwear are among the many hottest. You can too discover a few of her child issues at Elizabeth’s in downtown Ellsworth, the place she has labored the previous two years.
She additionally does particular orders. Simply name or electronic mail along with your thought.
“Somebody simply commissioned me to make Falcor, the dragon from “The Neverending Story,”” That’s a fantasy film from 1984.
“I similar to the problem of making a bit,” she stated.
The 2007 Deer Isle-Stonington Excessive College graduate by no means supposed to begin her personal enterprise. However, she was at all times crocheting issues for nieces and nephews, which others would see and ask to purchase their very own.
Cousins makes use of a wide range of supplies for crochet, together with acrylic, mohair and an acrylic/burlap mix. She normally stays away from wool as a result of she’s allergic.
“I get most of my yarns from thrift shops really. I like getting offers as a result of I like passing my financial savings onto my clients.”
Final 12 months, she crocheted coverings to adorn shatterproof ornaments she discovered at Goodwill.
Cousins sews the whole lot free-hand — no patterns — besides those she attracts herself.
“I used to be by no means taught to learn the patterns, so I simply do it free-hand,” she stated.
Why the identify Fairie Ring for her enterprise?
“Rising up, I used to be at all times into fairies,” she stated. “I learn ‘Ella Enchanted,’” she stated. That novel explains that people who find themselves tall with small ft, as Cousins is, are half fairy. “I believed that was actually cool.”
“Crocheting is what I do most of. However, you identify the craft, I in all probability do it,” Cousins stated. “Summer season folks would come and educate us arts and crafts,” she stated, recalling her childhood on Isle au Haut.
“[Stonington artist] Anne-Claude Cotty was my elementary faculty artwork instructor,” she stated. “She taught us easy methods to make books, easy methods to do pinhole images, easy methods to make paper.”
To contact cousins, name 460-4462 or electronic mail her at [email protected]