Who makes Makers' Mercantile? Well, in addition to our incredible customers (that's YOU!), the answer to that question would be our team members! Here they are, in alphabetical order:
My fascination with making started with my grandma Sue. She always had a hook in hand and turned out the most intricate dolls and the most vibrant afghans. Under her guidance, I took up crocheting at age nine and couldn't get enough! The fact that we can combine our creativity with the swift movement of our hands to make extraordinarily unique items never gets old to me.
I have always been very tactile and crafting has allowed me to touch and smoosh all the yarns. My favorite part of any project, knit or crochet, is picking the color and I particularly love putting together complimentary color combinations. While I love all projects, knit socks hold a special place in my heart, and I am never without a pair of socks on the needles.
Karin Skacel, owner of Makers’ Mercantile and CEO of Skacel Collection, Inc., started her entrepreneurial life at the age of 25. Having been raised by two immigrant entrepreneurs, Skacel took many risks at a young age investing in herself and her creative talents. Her passion for the fiber arts, along with her motivation to create better lives for women and all crafters, has brought her to where she is today. Skacel now leads a predominantly female team in several prosperous business endeavors, including her dream shop, Makers’ Mercantile.
You won't see my face in the shop but I'll be packaging up your online orders behind the scenes. I love seeing what people order (and pondering what people intend on making with their brand new goodies). In my free time, you can usually find me curled up on the couch watching tv shows with my latest knitting project or spinning fiber on my electric spinner.
If you see me in the shop, be sure to ask me why I love knitting two-at-a-time, toe-up, on 2 circulars! My favorite thing about being in the shop is getting to see what you are making, and also being surrounded by a huge shop full of yarn, needles, and notions (oh my!) - it's much more organized than my studio at home!
My kindergarten teacher proclaimed on my first report card that I “talk too much” – and that really hasn’t changed. I grew up curious and creative and continue to be inspired by my friends, and the world around me. I made the move to Washington to work at Makers’ Mercantile and have found a beautiful space to call home. You'll find me mostly working on the e-commerce and website parts of the shop, as well as at many of the shows we do!
I was fortunate to grow up in a household where my grandparents lived with us. My grandmother was a knitter and crocheter, and I have fond memories of sitting next to her watching her knit and crochet. It was her patience the helped me learned to knit and fueled the passion I have today for knitting. I love color, fiber, and creating, and coming to work each day is a joy since Makers’ Mercantile is the center of color, fiber, and creativity for me.
As a 5 year-old, my father brought me a 5 gallon bucket of popsicle sticks. Instead of building a house, I colored them all. Eventually I branched out to puff paints and ceramic figure painting. I have fully embraced my need to make things, and always have an arts or craft project going. I started knitting in 2018 and yarn dyeing in 2019, and it couldn't be more fun. And I'm fortunate enough to get to make graphics and designs for Makers' Mercantile!