local markets :: tricotaria

hello there lovely ones… today is the day! yesterday i made the proud announcement of {local markets} and today we will have the very first feature. this lady was found through etsy and she is the one that proudly will start this new edition. so, with no further ado, let us hear what she has to say about her work.

can you tell us something about yourself?
hello! my name is andreia and i am the person behind the things you see at tricotaria. i am mother of four beautiful children (two daughters and two sons) and married with a very talented man and collaborative father. i always liked math, numbers, solving equations and reading… that’s probably why i became an economist… i learned to sew and knit very early. my mother taught me and i couldn’t be more grateful for that because now i realize i really love doing it! i grew up surrounded by handmade things, since my parents are both artisans. i really enjoy making new unique things, mainly my own designs!

how did tricotaria start?
recently, as a mother, i began to knit and sew for my little ones, in my scarce free time. i’ve also knitted some scarves and necklaces to give to my friends and family as presents. and then, in the beginning of 2010, i found etsy and decided to start selling the things i love to create.

what inspires you?
a colour.
a texture.
a shape.
a need. (it often happens to me: i’m looking for one thing and do not find in stores such as i imagined it… so, that’s the time for doing it, by myself.)
a quality material. (I give lots of attention to detail and quality, so i try to find high-quality materials to work with. high-quality portuguese materials are at the top of my searches.)

what advice can you give for those small business owners in our country?
~ being focused on what you can do better and that differentiates you from other similar businesses all over the world.
~ being persistent and not give up.

what do you think would be helpful for small business owners in our country?
having a good product is not enough; promoting it is a very crucial part of the work that small business owners have to do. i find it is very helpful to belong to a community of other similar business owners that help each other promoting their work. that’s what happens within etsy communities and with initiatives like this one. i would like to thank you claudia for this nice interview!

and now a fresh news… {…a place for twiggs} is hosting the very first giveaway!! yay!

{tricotaria} has the pleasure of starting the lovely giveaways that will be hosted by {…a place for twiggs}… on a regular basis (so i wish).

so, andreia is offering a sweet necklace, worth $16… handmade with love & care… in golden brown. you can see more items like this one {here}!

soft and stylish necklace, hand knitted with a high quality portuguese thread.
it is named {engaged} because it has two linked turns and it is composed by two knitted tubes with many knots.

it has two turns: one measuring about 50 inches (130cm) and another one measuring about 28 inches (70cm). you can use it in different ways… two or even three rounds around your neck.

{engaged ~ sweet offer}

{the sweet comment rule}
1 ~ visit {tricotaria} on etsy and leave a comment with your favourite item

{the aditional entries & points}
2 ~ spread the word through facebook or twitter (do not forget to use @aplacefortwiggs in your twitt) and come back with the link so that we can count it
3 ~ follow & subscribe {…a place for twiggs}
4 ~ follow {tricotaria}

giveaway end on monday, 8th november (lisbon time)…

do not forget to come back and see who has won the amazing prize!

thank you so much andreia for being a part of this lovely edition and for being the very first one! you might also want to join the amazing group {local markets} on facebook! and this was it my lovely friends & readers! see you tomorrow for more lovely things & treasures!

did you enjoy finding about tricotaria? look here for more portuguese talents!

what is local markets? a community dedicated to the very best portuguese talented & independent artists that strive for an original work and exquisitely executed handmade design & photography. once a week, there will be a special feature for these artists, to spread the word about their talent, to introduce you to new & fresh work. local markets is an original feature from a place for twiggs. you can read more about this feature here and join the facebook page for news!



  1. It's also a pleasure to follow and subscribe to {…a place for twiggs}. Looking forward to receive the updates :)


  2. And I'm also following Andreia's blog.
    Now wish me luck!


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