Turning Cardigans into Princess Coats: Dyedtrying

The book I’m working on is set in a world overflowing with art of all kinds. When I told her about it, my sister said that one of my characters should wear coats made out of recycled sweaters. I asked her what she meant and she sent me to an Etsy store called dyedtrying. I expected post-apocalyptic patchwork, but owner Amanda Andino Rodriguez makes colorful feminine coats with used knit clothing to order. I especially love the flared skirts and the fairy tale hoods. They’re perfect for my main character’s best friend, who is a professional dancer.

A blue and gray coat (“Katwise” style)
The blue and gray coat from the front.
The blue and gray coat from the front.
Another Katwise coat in a bunch of colors (but what I see is purple).
Another Katwise coat in a bunch of colors (but what I see is purple).
She makes them for kids, too. I want this one!
She makes them for kids, too. I want this one!

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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