Meet Hanneke from Amsterdam, Netherlands! Hanneke has been knitting for almost 50 years. Knitting and cycling have always been a part of her life. Fifteen years ago, she started working at the yarn shop “de Afstap” and still loves it there!


What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: de Afstap – because I work there, but also because of the selection of beautiful yarns!
Yarn: Rowan Yarns Felted Tweed.

Why do you knit? It’s fun, relaxing, and necessary because it clears my head. And I like creating beautiful things by hand!

Most challenging project (and why)? In 2012 I released a book called WereldTasjes (Bags of the World) in Dutch with 12 designs for knitted bags. The “Sophia” pattern was my most challenging project due to the fair isle techniques and shaping – but I loved doing it.

What’s your new favorite thing? Knitting complicated socks and making bags from leather.

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