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By Heidi Zemach
For The LOG 

Seward girl turns profit with scarves


Leslie Jacoby | For The LOG

Lydia Jacoby displays some of the scarves she crocheted for the Grazing Moose Summer Market.

This summer, freckle-faced red-headed Seward youngster Lydia Jacoby is learning what it is to be a entrepreneur at 9 years of age. She learned how to crochet beautiful twisty scarves from her aunt while visiting her in Virginia last March, and then kept on making them for fun. It was so much fun that she made a whole bunch of them and then got the bright idea to try to sell them at the Grazing Moose Summer Market.

Lydia calls her business Jelly Creations and labels each scarf with a handsome tag. She individually names each one based on an idea that usually comes to her as she works, or as she examines her handiwork afterwards. She recently named a lime-green scarf “Tiehacker Mountain” as it resembled the place where her family hiked a few days earlier. She named a navy blue, gray, sparkly one “Ocean Mist,” and a colorful one with green, orange, purple, blue and yellow yarn, “Aurora Borealis.”

Jacoby crocheted 40 of them, and displays eight to 10 at a time at the market’s local art collective. She charges $10, and sets aside 20 percent of her earnings to donate to a project by a local nonprofit such as the animal shelter, Kids Don’t Float or the He Will Provide food bank. Jacoby has also donated scarves for silent auction fundraisers.

“Lydia is a great young entrepreneur and artist. She’s so conscientious and checks her inventory regularly to restock and determine which colors and patterns of scarves her customers like the best,” said Grazing Moose owner Joanie Merritt. “People love meeting her when she is in the store and always walk out with one of her scarves. They are so impressed with her professional manner, and that she gives 20 percent of her profits to community projects. She’s become quite a celebrity as young shoppers recognize her as ‘the girl who makes the scarves.’ ”

Lucy Hankins, another young Seward girl, also makes decorative woven potholders and sells them there, Merritt said.

Lydia, the daughter of Leslie and Richard Jacoby, is going into the fourth grade. She’s a Girl Scout, a member of the Tsunami Swim Team in Seward, and even had a chance to go to the Junior Olympics last year. Other hobbies include singing, playing the piano, stand-up bass and guitar.

The scarves are at the Grazing Moose Summer Market and will be at the Seward Music and Arts Festival beginning Sept. 27.


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