Posted March 26, 2015
Mia Allen's patterned, knitted gloves and beanies stand out in their own right, but the story behind them is unique, too.
Allen is a "second generation" Pike Place Market artisan; her parents Jeff and Kathi have sold art tile in the market since 2004.
Mia crafts her items with wool yarn and bamboo fibers. Her wool is sourced from a family-owned mill in Mitchell, Nebraska. "The family has been on this same land for over 100 years and have worked hard to run a ‘green’ business," Mia says. "They buy all of their wool directly from the growers. I chose this company because they create a beautiful USA-made product from start to finish." Her bamboo is harder to source, though she's able to get Canadian-spun bamboo that is dyed in the U.S.
Mia also sets herself apart through the use of vintage machines from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. She's recently acquired an antique sock machine that is more than 100 years old.Read More