Like most people, knitwear designer, Valencia Shanelle, used this past year to cultivate her craft. What do you do when the world is burning and you are stuck inside your house? Pick up a pair of knitting needles. However, knitting was not a newfound quarantine hobby for Valencia. She began knitting in college out of necessity. She was unable to find interesting knitwear that was inspiring and affordable so she took matters into her own hands, literally. In the beginning knitting was a trial and error effort, but thanks to the infinite YouTube knitting community, she was able to catch on quickly. By 2015 she had created her own brand and was selling custom crochet pieces. Her business ebbed and flowed over the years, but in 2020 when the world was put on pause she had finally had the time to make custom knitwear her full time gig.