‘aMaisying’ talent

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 7, 2013

Maisy Garner shows off her creations.

Maisy Garner shows off her creations.

An Andalusia girl is turning a crafty talent into an “aMaisying” business opportunity.

On Friday, Maisy Garner, the daughter of Mark and Angie Garner, was spotted inside the Andalusia Regional Hospital’s annual Christmas bazaar. What set her apart from the other vendors were her handmade scarves.

“It’s a skill she learned at ‘Granny Camp,’” Angie Garner said of the weeklong summer break spent at her grandmother’s home in Tennessee. There, Maisy and her sister, Braelyn, have learned a variety of skills such as sewing and bracelet making.

When Christmas time began to approach, Maisy decided to make her skills profitable. She said it takes her approximately 30 to 45 minutes to make one scarf, and in turn, she sells it for $10.

“She can really do it with her eyes closed,” her mother said of the process.

Maisy said she enjoys the process of watching the yarn become something beautiful.

“I don’t have to think about it,” she said of looping the needle back and forth. “I just close my eyes and count my stitches.”

By attaching every seventh pass, it allows the multi-colored yarn – called “shashay yarn” – to create a lovely ruffled look. Each ball, which costs approximately $5, will create two scarves.

For those who don’t get to “go to Granny camp,” tutorial lessons can be found on YouTube, Mrs. Garner said. Supplies can be found locally at Pale Moon Yarns and Walmart, as well larger craft stores such as JoAnn’s Fabrics, Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

And the scarves were a hit Friday, too. By 10 a.m., Maisy had sold nearly 20.

Her creative creations can be found on Facebook at Maisy’s Scarves and can be purchased by calling or texting 334.208.2266 or vial email at magarner@andycable.com.