Na

Meet Na from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! @pashknit
Na is currently taking some time away from the fast paced built environment and spending it making toys for PashKnit, her knitting venture.

Whaat are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
Yarn (the good one) is difficult to find here in KL, so I’ve been getting mine from everywhere I can, including web-stores such as Love Knitting. Recently however, I stumbled upon a quaint LYS – a well kept secret.
Yarn: If I have to choose a kind, I’d certainly say those silky & soft bamboo cotton ones with subtle sheen. Living within the tropical climate, one would mostly appreciate the cooling traits those yarn provide.

Why do you knit? It began a few Christmases ago while looking for presents for our nieces. Store-bought toys loose their charm quickly so I thought – why not to learn to make unique toys/keepsakes instead. Seeing that I’m terrible at sewing, knitting appeared to be a choice with a much better success rate. After hours of getting tangled in yarn like a silly cat, unintentional holes in swatches, countless YouTube tutorials and an attempt involving a broken needle (now framed as a memento), I fell deeply in love with the “mechanics” of knitting – especially where much complex shaping is a concern. It’s quite exciting to watch how strands of yarn form shapes with just a few manipulations of techniques! Also, how could you ignore those gleeful moments when someone finds a hand knitted item as a present? “Love put into every stitch knitted”, they say…

Most challenging project? It has to be the toy foxes! I was only about 6 months into knitting and Christmas was fast approaching. One of our nieces asked for a pink fox (she wanted a sidekick of her own, thanks to The Little Prince). I couldn’t find a suitable pattern so I decided to create one of my own. It took some good 3 months of determination to quickly learn new shaping techniques, develop the design, write out the pattern, create prototypes and finally have a finished item! Well worth the efforts, I must say… I’ve made five of them since, including a recently ordered one, so, credits goes to the little darling for getting the ball rolling!

What’s your new favorite thing? Cooking, particularly Nyonya cuisine – although I’m not too sure if I should say it’s a new thing. Perhaps rediscovered explains it best. You see, I grew up with Grandma’s (who is of Peranakan heritage and a gifted all rounder) hearty cooking. Her cookbooks are currently with my aunts but it didn’t stop me from carrying out the many experiments in the kitchen. I tried recreating our favorite dishes based on her recipes, tastes & whatever fond memories/tips I could muster from the times spent with her as a child. Some attempts failed miserably but there were also successful ones (with minor adjustments of my own) which is currently being compiled into a journal. Just as my Grandpa did.

 


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Badea

Meet Badea from Amman, Jordan! 🇯🇴 @knitknotjo
Badea is a civil engineer by day, but transforms to a hardcore knitter after her engineering day is over.

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What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
Istanbuli Yarn Shop in Amman and Effiloché in Montreal.
Yarn: Alize, Blackstone and Charly.

Why do you knit? The moment I hold the knitting needles it’s just me, my project and nothing else. The feeling of zoning out and only focusing on my dexterity is the best thing you’ll ever witness.

Most challenging project? I tried knitting a pair of socks once, the hardest thing ever! You need to be fully focused when it comes to their size, shape and of course the design. My first knitted socks were a gift to my nephew and he barely takes them off now!

What’s your new favorite thing? I’m starting to be fond of styling and shooting after finishing my knitted projects. The whole styling scene is a world of its own!

 


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Suzette

Meet Suzette from London, UK! 🇬🇧 @suzettehannah
Suzette is an independent yarn dyer and owner of BibiYarns on Etsy.

Suzette

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
I adore Loop in Angel. I have seen yarn shops disappear in London over the years so for me, not only is Loop a wonderful magical yarn shop, it is also something to be treasured. Their staff are wonderful.
Yarn: I am a big fan of Viola and Eden Cottage Yarns.

Why do you knit? I adore knitting! I love to create, my interests cover felting, sewing, painting, penmanship, crochet and many more.. but, the one thing I return to again and again is knitting. I have Crohns disease and this is what I always pack whenever I have to stay in hospital. It is the best for soothing the nerves and can be meditative. Knitting is also challenging, creative, rewarding and educational. There is a life time’s worth of knowledge to get through and I love every minute.

Most challenging project? Ah!!! It has to be Brioche knitting! I just can’t get the hang of it. I have tried and tried but hmmmm. (frowny face). Challenge from the past, I used to be an English knitter, my Croatian neighbor taught me how to knit continental, back then, it was like trying to write with my left hand. I am so glad I persevered.

What’s your new favorite thing? Japanese bath salts! They smell amazing and are the best.

 


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Betty

Meet Betty from Cornwall, UK! 🇬🇧 @betty_knits
Betty is a knitting vlogger and slow fashion believer.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
My local wool shop called The Wool Basket I love to support local shops on our high street and this one has a brilliant selection. I do buy quite a bit of wool online too though!
Yarn: I love a cashmere blend, its so soft! Currently the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino range is a favorite. I also love the Debbie Bliss Mia range of wool and cotton blends.

Why do you knit? I love knitting and have done since I was 15. It’s so relaxing to do something creative with your hands – your mind can switch off! I’m also amazed that you can turn a ball of string into something wearable or a blanket or socks, it’s such a satisfying transformation.

Most challenging project? I’ve just completed my first raglan sleeved cardigan and though it gave me a few headaches along the way, I am very proud of myself for following the pattern correctly and making myself a lovely cardigan to wear (the yellow one I have on in the photo). I went off-pattern a tiny bit at the end and crocheted the edge and button loops, I like to put my own twist on things when I can! I’d always been a little bit terrifies of patterns and avoided them for years using guess work to knit scarves, blankets and cushions covers instead, but I think I’m a convert now!

What’s your new favorite thing? I’ve been making videos about my knitting projects. It’s helped me challenge myself creatively with my knitting and given me a chance to connect with a bigger community of other knitters online. I’m really enjoying the feedback I’m getting! If you’d like to view them follow the link in my bio.

 


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Selena

Meet Selena from Croatia! 🇭🇷 @selena_gazda
Selena has started a small fashion and costume design business in Bjelovar, a small and peaceful town, where she’s been designing knitwear since 2015.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
Under the hills of Velebit, a rocky national park in Croatia, there’s the cutest little yarn shop called Igla & Kukica (meaning Needle & Hook), owned by a young biologist and businesswoman from Krasno. She sells mostly natural fibers, which is very important to me as a designer since I’m striving for highest possible quality of my designs and overall sustainability.
Yarn: Combining three or more different yarns and knitting them as one is something I love to do! This way unique designs and textiles are created with the best properties from each individual yarn. Still, the one I love most is Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk – it’s  multifunctional – with it, one can make a loose knit jumper using thick needles, and yet it will still be so warm and cozy! It works for see-through dresses as well as for combining it with thicker, rough wool yarns.

Why do you knit? It was inevitable! I was in love with it when I didn’t even know the difference between knit and purl. My great-grandmother used to knit for a living, passed it onto my grandma who taught my mom. Teaching me was a joint effort by both of my grandmas and my mom (all the women in my family knit). Since graduation on Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb my goal was creating a personal form of expression. Knitting won me over due to its meditative qualities but it is also a challenging process in exploring different textures and patterns.

Most challenging project? Every micro-thin mohair pullover. It’s very silly, I know, but patience isn’t one of my virtues. Long lasting knitting with extra thin needles is too frustrating – when the results don’t appear immediately, I tend to give up and keep the project waiting for better days.

What’s your new favorite thing?  After the long hours spent sitting on the couch, the best way to stay flexible is yoga, and Mandala Yoga Studio teachers make me feel those muscles I never knew existed.

 


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Connie

Meet Connie from Chile! 🇨🇱 @chileknitz
Connie who lives in Santiago is a compulsive knitter and yarn lover.

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What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
Well, here in Santiago my favorite shop is Arte59, they sell alpaca, merino and they also dye their own yarn.
Yarn: All of it!

Why do you knit? I started knitting to occupy myself during my first pregnancy. I felt like doing too many things but was feeling tired most of the time. Then, it became my most favorite hobby and now I cannot live without it. I knit everyday!

Most challenging project? My Skywalker Shawl by @lauranelkin. At the time my knitting skills were very basic and it was a true challenge but a great learning experience.

What’s your new favorite thing? Brioche! I am totally obsessed. I want everything in brioche now. The stitches are so squishy and cozy, and I love mixing and matching colors to use for every project.

 


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Felipe

Meet Felipe from Santiago de Chile! 🇨🇱 @misterwool
Felipe is a designer, dyer and knitter in love of the colors and natural fibers.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
My favorite yarn store is Mr.Wool. I’m the owner of this project and the main objective is to improve the quality of wool in Chile through a more contemporary product and natural fibers from Chile and the world. I also love the yarn store of my friend ChileKnitz. We work together.

Why do you knit? For me, knitting is a form of plastic expression. I admire all the people who knit and design because it requires great work and perseverance to be a great knitter.

Most challenging project? I’m working on a Yoke sweater pattern from Chilean knitter and designer @marcelachangknits. I am also starting the Mkal 2017 Speckle & Pop! of @westknits. The two projects are different learning processes and for me knitting is always learning new things. Both are also my favorite designers.

What’s your new favorite thing? I’m totally dedicated to Mr.Wool and I can not stop thinking about wool all day. I am very happy for my new studio where I will produce much more wool. I am also interested in creating a community of Chilean men and women contemporary knitters.

 


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