Riversider turns her knitting hobby into a blanket

No one will ever be able to accuse Dina Merola Kraus of having idle fingers. I knew she was a great cook, especially her Italian cooking, but now she’s adding another accomplishment to her resume.

As she tells it, she always had an interest in knitting and crocheting, but never got used to it. Going to YouTube, she searched for “handmade blankets” and found finger knitting. That’s right, you use your fingers without needles.

There are two types. One is to wrap yarn around your fingers, and the other is called a “loop method,” which is what Kraus does. Starting last fall, she made her family a little blanket and progressed from there. Now she has her own business with only one employee: herself.

To date she has made 16 custom made covers. Many of them were bought as gifts as well as for the buyers themselves. Because they are made to order, recipients will have something that is uniquely their own.

Kraus talks to customers about blanket size and colors. The yarn is heavy but soft, making it a cozy blanket on chilly evenings. When ordering our blanket, we talked about color and she chose a beautiful country blue, and I can tell you that she is comfy and cozy (like most things in our house).

Making the blankets doesn’t take long depending on how many orders she has and getting the right yarn. Fortunately, she has Michael’s and Hobby Lobby nearby for those frequent purchases.

She considers it a small business and is looking for a name to advertise. Drawings by Dina? Currently, most of his business is through word of mouth or someone who inquired after seeing one of his covers on Facebook.

Weekends seem to be when she does most of her work where she can curl up with her yarn and wiggle her fingers. She would like people to know that Easter and Mother’s Day are coming up and that there are some beautiful new shades of yarn that she would like to work with.

To contact Dina Merola Kraus, you can find her on Facebook at facebook.com/dina.kraus.90.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a store in Riverside that featured a lot of resident talent? Something to think about.