Super Chunky, Cozy Hand-Knit Scarves

Alison Trimer and her creations for her Etsy shop, Along the Way. Alison Trimer and her creations for her Etsy shop, Along the Way. Local artist and crafter Alison Trimer moved to Astoria over a year ago. She is the creator of Along the Way, creations made for everyday life inspired by everyday people you meet “along the way.”

Ten years ago, Alison started her business while in college and graduate school, painting with acrylics on canvas and lots of typography with puffy fabric paint. She had to start selling her items because she was running out of space with all the pieces she created.

Having just moved from Vermont where the winters are brutal, Alison learned how to knit socks and make gigantic wool scarves. When she moved to Astoria in June of 2017 she knew she still wanted to craft. She attended her first-ever Queens Craft Brigade, a monthly Astoria market that features Queens vendors. Seeing all these local vendors and their artwork, fashion, jewelry and homemade crafts she knew that this was something she wanted to be involved in. Everything Alison creates is because of how the Astoria art community has inspired her. Recently she was a vendor at the Queens-Made Market in LIC.

All of Alison’s crafting is done locally, at her home in Astoria.

Among some of the items for sale on her Etsy shop are incredibly chunky scarfs made from either acrylic or a poly-wool blend. Alison sometimes uses hers as a hood, snuggled around her ears. They are so soft she has even used one as a pillow on an airplane. Top sellers are her cowls, which are small enough to wear in autumn, cozy enough to wear in the winter and soft enough to wear into the beginning of spring.

Alison also makes faux stained glass jars some with inspirational quotes used to store anything you want from almonds, paper clips and pens to vines in water. They are also great for storing spices in your kitchen.

The rarest items in her shop are two pairs of hand-knit socks. They are wonderful and super special because they take quite a while to make. If she gets faster at making them that may be a new category in her Etsy shop.

If you are looking for something original and locally made, check out Along the Way.

Follow her on Instagram @alisonalongtheway or her Etsy shop

—Melissa Mennona

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