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Featured Shop: Two of Wands Shop

Feb 18, 2015

by Alexandra Tavel

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

I’m Alexandra Tavel and I design knitwear in New York City. I sell finished pieces and patterns, and my shop is called Two of Wands Shop.

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I grew up in a tiny town called Loveland, Ohio and I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember. My mom is an artist; she taught me the joy of creating things with your own two hands. Be it painting, sewing, sculpting, jewelry making, or knitting, there was never a lack of projects going on in our house! After getting degrees in fashion design and costume construction technology at Indiana University, I moved to NYC to see where it would lead me. I worked in the non-profit world for about eight years before deciding to focus on my Etsy shop full time, and since then, I’ve been designing and creating non-stop.

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I’m lucky to have traveled all over the world, and I draw inspiration from the places I’ve visited and the local artisans I’ve met. One key moment (and the inspiration for my shop name) came in 2013, when I climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Upon reaching the other side, I met a woman who offered to read my tarot cards. When the Two of Wands was drawn, my future was set in motion – this card is focused on taking the path of discovery and creativity, taking your ideas and desires and turning them into a solid plan for success. To me, the name represents energy, spirituality, inspiration, creativity, ambition and expansion.

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I design my pieces the same way I shop. For me, a piece of clothing can really transport you to a specific place and time. When I am about to create a collection, I start with the feeling I want to experience and use that to inspire each design. Whether it comes from the location I see myself wearing the piece, the function it will serve, or the mood it will create, everything I make has a story behind it. Another goal of mine is to design patterns that are fashion-forward and approachable enough for most beginners or intermediate knitters and crocheters to make. I hope my designs will inspire those who only know how to knit a scarf to try something just a bit more daring and expand their skills – there are so many things you can make if you only know how to knit a rectangle!

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Etsy has given me the opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of people around the world in the short time I’ve been a seller, and I’m so grateful for that. It’s so rewarding to be able to communicate with my customers directly and have a personal connection with them, and it’s incredible to be part of a community that fosters handmade items. I love to see the amazing things that come out of people’s brains! I’m so thrilled to be chosen as a Featured Shop and be able to share my experience with other sellers and customers.

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When I think about others making and using my patterns and designs, I feel very honored. I cherish all the handmade things I’ve purchased over the years because they hold a certain power and energy from the maker. I love that I now get to spread my pieces out into the world and take part in someone else’s experience. I’m excited to continue producing knitwear for others to enjoy, and I’m even more inspired to create patterns so that others can share in the thrill of making something special for themselves or a loved one. Even if (especially if) the final result isn’t perfect, it has so much more meaning than something you bought off a shelf or opened from a box.

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All photographs by Two of Wands Shop.

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Crochet Pattern // Long Lean Lace Hippie Boho Summer Vets 70s Retro Pineapple Stitch // Willow Lace Vest PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Long Lean Lace Hippie Boho Summer Vets 70s Retro Pineapple Stitch // Willow Lace Vest PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Raglan Ringer 70s Retro Sunset Duplicate Stitch T-shirt Tee // Sunset Ringer Tee PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Raglan Ringer 70s Retro Sunset Duplicate Stitch T-shirt Tee // Sunset Ringer Tee PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Ruffle Flounce Tee 70s Retro Top Summer Sweater Feminine Cap Sleeve // Flutter Top PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Ruffle Flounce Tee 70s Retro Top Summer Sweater Feminine Cap Sleeve // Flutter Top PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Circle Swing Tank Summer Spring Boho Hippie 70s Retro Top // Flower Child Circle Tank PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Circle Swing Tank Summer Spring Boho Hippie 70s Retro Top // Flower Child Circle Tank PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Raglan Grey Crewneck Sweatshirt Vintage Sweater Jumper // Autumn League Pullover PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Raglan Grey Crewneck Sweatshirt Vintage Sweater Jumper // Autumn League Pullover PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Knit Leg Warmers Motorcycle Padded Quilted Leggings // Moto Leg Warmers PATTERN
PATTERN for Knit Leg Warmers Motorcycle Padded Quilted Leggings // Moto Leg Warmers PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Hobo Soft Tote Purse Shoulder Bag // Red Hook Afternoon Shoulder Bag PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Hobo Soft Tote Purse Shoulder Bag // Red Hook Afternoon Shoulder Bag PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
PATTERN for Beach Tote Weekend Bag Crochet Large Boho Purse // Day Tripper Bag PATTERN
PATTERN for Beach Tote Weekend Bag Crochet Large Boho Purse // Day Tripper Bag PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Beach Bag Market Tote Mesh 70s Retro Basket // Janey Basket Bag PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Beach Bag Market Tote Mesh 70s Retro Basket // Janey Basket Bag PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Boho Loose Wrap Shawl Beach Cover Up Triangle Poncho Summer Scarf // Stevie Wrap PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Boho Loose Wrap Shawl Beach Cover Up Triangle Poncho Summer Scarf // Stevie Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Diamond Triangle Rectangle Tassel Shawl Wrap Scarf // Sliced Diamonds Wrap PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Diamond Triangle Rectangle Tassel Shawl Wrap Scarf // Sliced Diamonds Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Triangle Shawl Wrap Top Down Striped Tassels // Stratus Wrap PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Triangle Shawl Wrap Top Down Striped Tassels // Stratus Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Geometric Turkish Persian Southwest Tribal Afghan Throw // Kilim Blanket PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Geometric Turkish Persian Southwest Tribal Afghan Throw // Kilim Blanket PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Houndstooth Striped Woodsy Afghan Blanket // Houndstooth Cabin Throw PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Houndstooth Striped Woodsy Afghan Blanket // Houndstooth Cabin Throw PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Striped Diagonal Long Bias Scarf // Skyline Bias Scarf PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Striped Diagonal Long Bias Scarf // Skyline Bias Scarf PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Sarape Mexican Geometric Mosaic Striped Afghan Throw Rug // Mexican Blanket PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Sarape Mexican Geometric Mosaic Striped Afghan Throw Rug // Mexican Blanket PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Knit Hat Heart Beanie Pompom Ski Cap // Loveland Hat PATTERN
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Knit Hat Heart Beanie Pompom Ski Cap // Loveland Hat PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Eyelet Lace Cocoon Summer Cardigan // Chelsea Cape PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Eyelet Lace Cocoon Summer Cardigan // Chelsea Cape PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Big Loop Crochet Marled Cowl // Tompkins Square Cowl PATTERN
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Big Loop Crochet Marled Cowl // Tompkins Square Cowl PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Easy Mesh Net Covertible Pullover Boatneck Sweater // Night Lights Sweater PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Easy Mesh Net Covertible Pullover Boatneck Sweater // Night Lights Sweater PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
PATTERN for Knit Racerback Tank Top Casual Everyday Pocket Simple Loose // Back to Basics Tank PATTERN
PATTERN for Knit Racerback Tank Top Casual Everyday Pocket Simple Loose // Back to Basics Tank PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Knit Tank Top Casual Everyday Simple Loose // Saturday Tank PATTERN
PATTERN for Knit Tank Top Casual Everyday Simple Loose // Saturday Tank PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Blanket Poncho Crochet Wrap Cape Cardigan Ruana Boho // Blanket Ruana PATTERN
PATTERN for Blanket Poncho Crochet Wrap Cape Cardigan Ruana Boho // Blanket Ruana PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Lace Eyelet Shawl Delicate Wrap Lightweight Super Scarf // Snowfall on the Bowery Wrap PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Lace Eyelet Shawl Delicate Wrap Lightweight Super Scarf // Snowfall on the Bowery Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$4.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Net Bag Market Tote Grocery Mesh String // French Market Bag PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Net Bag Market Tote Grocery Mesh String // French Market Bag PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Chunky Shawl Collar Grandpa Pockets Cardigan Sweater // Harold Cardigan PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Chunky Shawl Collar Grandpa Pockets Cardigan Sweater // Harold Cardigan PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Loose Knit Poncho Beach Cover Up Cape Cardigan Shrug Boho // Beach Cape PATTERN
PATTERN for Loose Knit Poncho Beach Cover Up Cape Cardigan Shrug Boho // Beach Cape PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Southwestern New Mexico Baby Blanket Throw Afghan Lapghan // Taos Lap Blanket PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Southwestern New Mexico Baby Blanket Throw Afghan Lapghan // Taos Lap Blanket PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Loose Knit Crochet Poncho Beach Cover Up Wrap Cape Cardigan Ruana Boho // Playa Ruana PATTERN
PATTERN for Loose Knit Crochet Poncho Beach Cover Up Wrap Cape Cardigan Ruana Boho // Playa Ruana PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Beginner Easy Elegant Sophisticated Poncho Ruana Wrap Shawl Knit Garter Stitch // Stone Ridge Ruana PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Beginner Easy Elegant Sophisticated Poncho Ruana Wrap Shawl Knit Garter Stitch // Stone Ridge Ruana PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Loose Knit Summer Sweater Top Oversized Boho // Yucatan Sweater PATTERN
PATTERN for Loose Knit Summer Sweater Top Oversized Boho // Yucatan Sweater PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Slim Ribbed Lace Drop Sleeve Summer Sweater // Bay Street Pullover PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Slim Ribbed Lace Drop Sleeve Summer Sweater // Bay Street Pullover PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Bat Wing Bell Sleeve Kimono Oversized Summer Sweater Drop Stitch // Lemon Drop Sweater PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Bat Wing Bell Sleeve Kimono Oversized Summer Sweater Drop Stitch // Lemon Drop Sweater PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Loose Knit Ribbed Cardigan Shrug Boho Summer Sweater // Katherine Rib Cardigan PATTERN
PATTERN for Loose Knit Ribbed Cardigan Shrug Boho Summer Sweater // Katherine Rib Cardigan PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Long Lean Slim Fitted Cardigan Pockets // Lillian Cardigan PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Long Lean Slim Fitted Cardigan Pockets // Lillian Cardigan PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Knit Fingerless Gloves Mittens Wrist Warmers // Gauntlets PATTERN
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Knit Fingerless Gloves Mittens Wrist Warmers // Gauntlets PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Crochet Infinity Scarf, Cowl // Boundless Scarf PATTERN
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Crochet Infinity Scarf, Cowl // Boundless Scarf PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Lace Knit Market Bag Tote Eco-Friendly Reusable Grocery Beach Yarn // Thistle Market Bag PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Lace Knit Market Bag Tote Eco-Friendly Reusable Grocery Beach Yarn // Thistle Market Bag PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Ribbed Chunky Cardigan Shrug Boho Topper // Mont Blanc Cardigan PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Ribbed Chunky Cardigan Shrug Boho Topper // Mont Blanc Cardigan PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Crochet Ankle Cuff Barefoot Sandals Beach Wedding Shoes // Gypsy Warrior Ankle Cuffs PATTERN
PATTERN for Crochet Ankle Cuff Barefoot Sandals Beach Wedding Shoes // Gypsy Warrior Ankle Cuffs PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Bobble Bubble Popcorn Puff Headband Chunky Ear Warmer // Bobble Crown Headband PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Bobble Bubble Popcorn Puff Headband Chunky Ear Warmer // Bobble Crown Headband PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Round Circle Handbag Tote Beach Market Purse Tassel // Capri Circle Bag PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Round Circle Handbag Tote Beach Market Purse Tassel // Capri Circle Bag PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Fringe Shawl Wrap Scarf Granny Cluster Latvian Braid Striped // Fireside Wrap PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Fringe Shawl Wrap Scarf Granny Cluster Latvian Braid Striped // Fireside Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Eyelet Cutout Tassel Triangle Wrap Scarf Shawl // Mystic Morning Wrap PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Eyelet Cutout Tassel Triangle Wrap Scarf Shawl // Mystic Morning Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Bear Hat Hood Cowl Scarf Knit Toddler Child Adult // Bennett the Bear Hood PATTERN
PATTERN for Bear Hat Hood Cowl Scarf Knit Toddler Child Adult // Bennett the Bear Hood PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Striped Tassels Triangle Top Down Shawl Scarf Eyelet // Tea House Wrap PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Striped Tassels Triangle Top Down Shawl Scarf Eyelet // Tea House Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Knitting/Crochet Pattern // Asymmetric Cowl Vest Shawl Scarf One Armed // Huntress Vest PATTERN
Knitting/Crochet Pattern // Asymmetric Cowl Vest Shawl Scarf One Armed // Huntress Vest PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Chevron Colorful Striped Afghan Baby Blanket Throw // Elizabeth Zigzag Blanket PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Chevron Colorful Striped Afghan Baby Blanket Throw // Elizabeth Zigzag Blanket PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Crochet Bralette Tank Top Festival Hippie Boho Fringe // Festival Fringe Bralette PATTERN
PATTERN for Crochet Bralette Tank Top Festival Hippie Boho Fringe // Festival Fringe Bralette PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Loose Knit Metallic Cardigan Shrug Drop Stitch Boho Summer Sweater // Monarch Cardigan PATTERN
PATTERN for Loose Knit Metallic Cardigan Shrug Drop Stitch Boho Summer Sweater // Monarch Cardigan PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Twisted Wide Bow Ribbed Headwrap Headband Ear Head Warmer // Thermal Twist Headwrap PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Twisted Wide Bow Ribbed Headwrap Headband Ear Head Warmer // Thermal Twist Headwrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Crochet Top Tee Festival Hippie Boho Fringe // Festival Fringe Tee PATTERN
PATTERN for Crochet Top Tee Festival Hippie Boho Fringe // Festival Fringe Tee PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
PATTERN for Loose Knit Top Drop Stitch Lace Net Beach Cover Up // Shipwrecked Top PATTERN
PATTERN for Loose Knit Top Drop Stitch Lace Net Beach Cover Up // Shipwrecked Top PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Triangle Wrap Witchy Boho Shawl Scarf Beach Cover Up // Eastwick Wrap PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Triangle Wrap Witchy Boho Shawl Scarf Beach Cover Up // Eastwick Wrap PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Striped Diagonal Long Bias Scarf // Metro Bias Scarf PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Striped Diagonal Long Bias Scarf // Metro Bias Scarf PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Knitting Pattern // Lace Eyelet Cutout Tassel Poncho V Neck // Caravan Poncho PATTERN
Knitting Pattern // Lace Eyelet Cutout Tassel Poncho V Neck // Caravan Poncho PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Boxy Cropped Wide Sleeve Lightweight Chunky Summer Sweater // Candy Land Summer Jumper PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Boxy Cropped Wide Sleeve Lightweight Chunky Summer Sweater // Candy Land Summer Jumper PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Crochet Poncho, Scarf, Cowl, Hood All in One // Battalion Scarf PATTERN
PATTERN for Chunky Soft Crochet Poncho, Scarf, Cowl, Hood All in One // Battalion Scarf PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Basket Market Purse Tote Tapestry Tassel Beach Grocery // Verona Basket Tote PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Basket Market Purse Tote Tapestry Tassel Beach Grocery // Verona Basket Tote PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$6.50 USD
Crochet Pattern // Striped Wrap Scarf Cape Shawl Cardigan // Saddlebrook Cape Scarf PATTERN
Crochet Pattern // Striped Wrap Scarf Cape Shawl Cardigan // Saddlebrook Cape Scarf PATTERN
TwoOfWandsShop
$3.50 USD

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