Meet Cleo from Minnesota, USA!
Cleo is a recent graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She likes making in several mediums – drawing, web design, photography, screenwriting, printmaking – but knitting is her favorite.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: I’m going to start this off with a bit of a promotion for my mother Justine’s gorgeous yarn store in Northern California, Cast Away & Folk. She’s built a pretty incredible place. I am over the moon that I will be joining her this summer to re-brand the shop and build a website for it. We’ve both got a lot of ideas, and make a pretty good team.
Yarn: Well, obviously it’s always changing. I recently bought two hanks of a local spinner’s alpaca in a sock weight that I’m dying to try out. But a long time favorite is Blue Sky Fibers’ Extra. I knit a sweater for my boyfriend with it a couple years ago, and loved it so much I just finished one for myself as well. It’s an instant classic.

Why do you knit? For me, it’s all about feeling productive! I love having something to do when I’m watching TV, or waiting in some line somewhere. It makes me feel self-sufficient. I haven’t bought a hat, scarf, or pair of gloves for myself in the last decade, probably. That feels good.

Most challenging project (and why)? I proposed a design for Pom Pom magazine last year that I was really excited about, and they accepted it for their Spring 2016 issue. It was a loose top worked in four pieces in garter on the bias with stockinette stripes, and it was so difficult to get right! I spent a long time working out the kinks, and figuring out the sizes. The sample ended up being a size larger than it should have been, but the deadline was approaching and I had to send it in. They must have been as disappointed as I was, because they cut it from the issue. That was really hard news to get, but it made me determined to be a better designer. It was after that that I started designing for Soho Publishing (for publications like Knit Simple and the Cascade Yarns 60 Quick Book series) which has been going really well.

What’s your new favorite thing? I haven’t gotten one yet, but I absolutely LOVE Carry Okubo’s bags! I met the owner, Jocelyn, last year while I was working at Linden Yarn. She’s got an amazing sense of style and her bags are the perfect knitter’s companion!

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