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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Pia

Meet Pia from beautiful island Gotland, Sweden! 🇸🇪 @kammebornia
Pia has been knitting since childhood. Together with her husband and daughter she produces the Kammebornia YouTube podcast about life in general and knitting in particular.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: 
Yllo Tyll in Uppsala, Sweden, it is like yarn heaven.
Yarn: Wooly yarn like Jamieson & Smith and Ullcentrum Oland. Gotland wool of course, it has a beautiful fiber-aura. And I also have a weakness for Rowan Yarns.

Why do you knit? Because I love to. To stay sane, for pleasure, to provide me and my dear ones with handknitted garments. And now it is also my job. It was the necessary way to go, since I knit all the time. So I began making and selling my own patterns, started a podcast and my own business where I inspire other people to knit.

Most challenging project? To finish the socks my grandmother had begun knitting before she died. It was a challenging project emotionally, and it took me 7 years to lift up her needles again and finish the pair she had started. It was heartwarming to be able to give the socks to my daughter as a gift from both me and my grandmother. Otherwise it is also challenging to construct my own patterns and make other people understand what I am doing.

What’s your new favorite thing? It is an old thing, since I do not often buy new things. I love my new but old English teacup. It is perfect when I am knitting.

 


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Anne

Meet Anne from Australia! 🇦🇺 @anne_loves_yarn
Anne will knit here, there, and everywhere (and she will also crochet a bit). The beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales is her home, surrounded by national parks, tranquil waterways and spectacular coastal scenery.

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What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: 
Skein Sisters in Dulwich Hill, Sydney. Online: Colorsong Yarn
Yarn: So many! Anything dyed by Katrina of Pirate Purl Yarns. Anything with silk in it. At present, I am also enjoying knitting up a snuggly winter jumper in Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Aran Tweed. (I’m on Version 2, after frogging the first pattern catastrophe!)

Why do you knit? I love the magic art of taking some string, a couple of sticks for tools and tangling it up to make something unique and beautiful! Knitting keeps my brain ticking over; is a creative outlet and an essential part of time I make for myself to be mindful and present. It’s also a social thing – I love to knit with others and have found some fantastic friends and groups to knit with, in public places too!

Most challenging project? First ever socks! Last year, my friend and I decided to teach ourselves to knit socks – toe up, two at a time, using the magic loop method. Armed with our yarn, circular needles, iPad, YouTube clips and copious amount of coffee, we laughed and frogged our way through more errors than trials, until we finally mastered the basics. Now I don’t know why we thought it was such a daunting challenge – fear of the unknown perhaps!

What’s your new favorite thing? I have just begun exploring Tunisian crochet. It promises to be an exciting new adventure.

 


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Jessica

Meet Jessica a knitter and designer from New York, USA! 🇺🇸 @itsayummy
Jessica owns a knit/yarn company called It’s a…Yummy – the wool quality, the size and color of the yarn, and the weave of the knit contribute to the unique creations.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn store: My store.

Yarn: Yummy Yarn – my yarn is custom made, over-sized, 100% merino wool – to truly appreciate It’s a…Yummy yarn – you must experience it in person – the yarn is sooo soft and Yummy!!

Why do you knit? I knit because I enjoy the process of knitting – the mindful and meditative qualities it provides. I also knit because I enjoy the products that I create.

Most challenging project? My most challenging knitting project was my first one – because the first time you do anything it is a venture into the unknown – the unknown is rewarding but also challenging!

What’s your new favorite thing? Frozen bananas covered in dark chocolate – a recent discovery that I can’t get enough of!


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Kate

Meet Kate from Bogota, Colombia!
Kate discovered knitting during her last year of law school. She is currently trying her luck as a beginner knitwear designer.

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What are your favorites right now?
Yarn store: La Grange a Laine in Strasbourg, France. It’s such a cozy place, and it became sort of my home during the year I spent in Strasbourg.

Yarn: Actually it’s a yarn with no name, as far I know, sorry. It’s a 100% Peruvian wool I got in Bogota, to work with US sizes 11-15 and it just feels amazing. I do tend to prefer bulkier yarns, just because they are fast to work with.

Why do you knit? Because it makes me feel empowered and part of a community. I’m in control of the lovely things I create, and that is everything to me.

Most challenging project? My wedding dress. I designed it from scratch, and it was my first knitwear design. I had a timeline to comply to and my wedding day was at stake! I felt the pressure, but still enjoyed the challenge, and I loved the end result and the compliments I got!

What’s your new favorite thing? My new knitting bullet journal! It’s my special bullet journal for my knitting projects and I can sketch, write down ideas, track designs and wip! I just started one a month ago, and it’s making everything much less complicated!


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