SWS Newcomers: Letta Moore of Knits, Soy and Metal

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Letta Moore, owner of Knits, Soy and Metal. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

Letta Moore, owner of Knits, Soy and Metal. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck



Letta Moore resides in a home full of stories.

From the array of family photos and art hung on her kitchen walls, to the vast selection of vinyl records she started collecting by picking from her dad’s classic stash, curiosity ensues with the urge to know more about the decor of the 36-year-old’s Belvedere Square abode.

In fact, her house is overwhelmingly warm and comforting. You would never guess a corner of her living room that stations her main workspace even existed if it weren’t for the carefully stacked empty candle holders labeled, Knits, Soy and Metal. “It has always been important for me to have a home that people feel comfortable in, somewhere people can come in and take their shoes off and feel completely themselves. I think we’ve been able to do that in this space,” she said.

“While my art collection and family photos tell a story to visitors, I think I take the most pride in the feeling of comfort people say they get when they visit.”

And adding to her stories visitors will want to hear upon entering Moore’s home, is the one where she decided to pursue a passion and run with it, without the fear of failing.

Scented candles by Knits, Soy and Metal. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

Scented candles by Knits, Soy and Metal. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

It wasn’t until after attending a CreativeMornings Baltimore talk on failure, last year, when the working single mom realized she needed to let go and push forward with making her homemade candle, knitwear, and jewelry business a reality. “I didn’t have any expectations when I went to the session, but walked away with something,” she wrote to us in an email, “a drive to just try.”

In particular, it was a message from one of the guest speakers of the talk, Gavin Witt, director of dramaturgy at Center Stage, that stayed with her. “He said, and I’m paraphrasing, “Failure is only one spectrum on your journey unless you stop.” That resonated with me and I use it as my mantra in taking risks now.”

Several months into Knits, Soy and Metal, and the online business doesn’t seem to be slowing down. We sat down with Moore over coffee and talked more about how she, her 15-year-old daughter Taaj, and their energetic poodle Max seem to balance it all.

Creator & managing editor of Strangers With Style. Happiest when her work allows others to shine, too. Lover of collabs, social media, blogging, fashion, food & the color blue.

  • Cassandra Vincent

    Love what you are doing here! Goodness, you are highlighting Baltimore in an amazing way!!! -Cass Ps. Great knowing we have a mutual buddy, Kel B

    • http://oliviaobineme.com Olivia Obineme

      Thanks for reading! Kelvin is simply the best.