It’s sweater weather and I want to share Margaritiferra with you! Margaritiferra features handmade knitwear designed and made for women by a very talented woman, Oliya.
Oliya shared a few sweaters and dickies with me. The sweaters are made of 70% mohair and 30% Mulberry silk and the dickies of 80% angora rabbit and 20% nylon, and they look and feel amazing. Her designs are available in an array of colors and types of yarn (you’ll read more about this below) and since her sweaters are custom made, you can choose what you want, need, and love!
How did you learn to knit? How long have you been knitting?
My grandmother taught me how to knit in second grade.
Do you have a favorite type of yarn to work with? Where do you get your yarn from?
My favorite yarns are angora, mohair, alpaca, cashmere! I appreciate only natural yarn from the best mills in the world! I order yarn from Loro Piana, Cariaggi (Brunello Cucinelli), Ermenegildo Zegna and some other mills. Also, I am in love with Belanger 100% angora, which is luxurious yarn to work with (an American company who manufactures their angora in France) – it is one of the most expensive yarns in the world.
What inspired you to start knitting?
I started to knit for myself because I couldn’t find what I was looking for in the stores. Even Loro Piana sweaters are to thin for my taste – I appreciate thicker ones. Angora ones I couldn’t even find! And I am not talking about 5-35% of angora…I use at least 70%. Then my friends and family started to order my creations. I researched markets for hand knit clothing and found Hania New York and it inspired me to try to do it myself. I started to sell my knit work in December 2021.
Aside from sweaters, what else do you knit?
I knit hats, scarves, shawls, sweaters, cardigans – my design only.
How did you choose the name of your business?
In terms how I chose the name for my business:
Margaritifera is a freshwater mussel that produces the most expensive pearls in the world which takes a long time. It is an analogy for my knitting work – I take the best yarn plus it takes 7-10 days to do one piece. I just added one more R to the name: MargaritiferRa.
Margaritiferra sweaters make great gifts! With the holidays right around the corner reach out and order yours today and don’t forget to use the code diaryboredhousewife for 10% off your custom order.