Maya

Meet Maya from Beirut, Lebanon!
She discovered  knitting after quitting her job as banker.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: So many to visit still, but I love the Handmade Berlin store and their ITO yarns.
Yarn: I love colored cotton and alpaca yarn, merino wool also.

Why do you knit: I discovered knitting after quitting my job as banker in 2012 (after 24 years) via a lovely shop in Beirut, where I met a beautiful community of knitters of all ages. I discovered my passion, and since that day I started digging more and more into the world of knitting/crochet, yarns, projects etc… I always want to learn more and more about it! I started selling my projects 3 years ago, and I am very proud of developing some valuable customers.

Most challenging project (and why)? A fair isle knitting hat! It was difficult to hold so many balls. I love winter hats made with fair isle technique. Also another challenging project for me is socks, I guess I always run away from projects with double pointed needles!

What’s your new favorite thing?
 Crochet dresses.


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Lisa

Meet Lisa from NRW, Germany!
Lisa loves to knit and crochet, but sometimes she thinks, she is just collecting lots of yarn.

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What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: I love We Are Knitters with all its yarn and fancy patterns. But, when I’m not sure what to knit next I go to Wolle Rödel to touch the yarn or to get a good advice.
Yarn: In the summer days I love thin cotton yarns. But in fact, I could die for a big chunky wool!

Most challenging project (and why)? Hmm I had to think about this question… It was my XXL granny square blanket. I mixed patterns for knitting and crochet, which I found in some of my books and on the internet. It was a kind of obsession to get this big blanket done.

What’s your new favorite thing? Well, that’s absolutely our puppy dog. My husband and I got a little Boxer boy and now we have fallen in love with him! He is too cute! Have a look at August Der Boxer.


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Dana

Meet Dana from Jordan!
She recently graduated as an Architect and genetically inherited her love of knitting from her mother’s side. She sees knitting as architecture without the boring technical nonsense.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: Istanbuli in downtown Amman. It has this old vintage Ammani charm. I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I go there
Yarn: Anything chunky with a lot of texture

Why do you knit? I want to spread the joy of yarncraft and show people that knitting isn’t just for old ladies! Plus It’s always heart-warming to see someone genuinely happy when they receive something you put time and effort into. Knitting with my mom while watching lame funny videos is my favorite way to spend the evening.

Most challenging project (and why)? My new cotton shawls for the summer collection. As a beginner, it was all trial and error coming up with the pattern, and I’ve never worked with fine cotton yarn before so it felt odd at first.

What’s your new favorite thing? Exploring and experimenting! Now that I’m done with college I finally have time for myself. I’m all for stepping out of my comfort zone and going on spontaneous trips to discover the hidden gems surrounding us.


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Patrick

Meet Patrick from NYC, USA!
Patrick is a computer nerd living in Brooklyn and stoked on knitting!

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What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: Tough choice, I work in Soho so Purl Soho is super convenient and full of awesome stuff, but I reeeeeally like Woolyn in Brooklyn – really cool seasonal displays and a genuine friendly vibe.
Yarn: Right now it’s gotta be Malabrigo Rasta. It knits up really fast and comes in really cool colors.

Why do you knit? Lots of reasons I suppose! I find it really calming and very relaxing. I’m able to get into “the zone” and shut my brain off for a bit if I need to clear my head, but it’s also a great help if I need to keep my hands busy when I’m thinking about something complex. I find the knitting community to be warm and inviting, meeting other knitters is always great. Plus it’s really satisfying when the fruits of your labor is a really cool knitted thing.

Most challenging project (and why)? I recently made a cowl that I got the gauge way wrong on and it turned out more like a tube top. I tried to decrease in the middle of the project and then it just looked like a huge wizard hat. Obviously I’m still working on proper measuring for patterns lol.

What’s your new favorite thing? I’m moving apartments at the end of this month so currently my favorite thing is thinking about how I’m going to organize my yarn stash and set up a proper table for a few sewing projects I’ve been thinking about.


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Sam

Meet Sam from Baltimore, MD, USA!
Sam is an artist/knitter known for sweaters featuring scenery, landmarks and pictures in those locations.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: There are several yarn shops I frequent in Baltimore, including Cloverhill, Black Sheep and Lovely Yarns.
Yarn: I use all different yarns. Anything suitable for the project I’m working on at the time.

Why do you knit? I enjoy creating things and being able to wear them for others to see.

Most challenging project (and why)? Urban scenes. This is because they include a lot of color changes in each row. Especially, because they have cars in them, which each require at least 3 skeins of yarn and lots of color changes and cause a lot of tangling.

What’s your new favorite thing? Hard to answer…


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Amelia

Meet Amelia from New Zealand, currently living in England!
Amelia is a full time horticulturalist and part time bodybuilder. Work funds her knitting obsession and yarn hoarding. She also sells balaclavas on Etsy!

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: An online store Love Knitting. I haven’t got a good local yarn store nearby, the last one closed down.
Yarn: I’m allergic to most wool and break out in a massive rash so I always knit with acrylic (unless it’s for someone else). I absolutely love the squishiness of mohair.

Why do you knit? I love the feeling of accomplishment after I have finished a piece of knitting or crochet. Nothing beats wearing a piece of your knitwear and someone asking you where you bought it.

Most challenging project (and why)? I recently finished my first fair isle/nordic sweater (pictured). It was a pattern I found on Ravelry that was actually in Norwegian. I put it through google translate and kind of made it up as I went along. It’s beautiful!

What’s your new favorite thing? Probably my love for tattoos. I’ve always liked them but after getting my first one I’m kind of addicted. Full leg sleeve here I come! Although, I’ll most likely end up being completely covered.


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Vithard

Meet Vithard from Denmark!
Vithard is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher. He teaches and gives lectures all over the world. Vithard is one of the judges on The Great Knit Off and known as The Prince of Knitting. His first book of knitting patterns will be out this fall.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: I really like it when stores carry a wide range of different yarns, soft ones, scratchy ones, brightly colored ones and more natural colors, and at the same time display them in a way that sparks my creativity. In Denmark, my favorite is Tind Textil & Kunst and abroad it is either The Purple Purl in Toronto or Brooklyn General Store in New York.
Yarn: I have several, but at the moment: BC Garn Semilla Melange and Isager Tvinni.

Why do you knit? Working with yarn or thread in general has always been something that people did in my family, and both of my grand mothers were very skilled. When I was taught in school around age 10, I thought it was so much fun that I knitted more than one of that garter stitch rectangle we were supposed to. To me, knitting is playing with and examining the creation of shapes and surfaces, seeing what kind of magic can be created with two sticks and a piece of string.

Most challenging project (and why)? It must be TREKANT, which will be included in my upcoming book. You start out by knitting a shawl, which you fold into a shape from which you pick up stitches and knit the rest of the sweater. The most challenging was trying to figure out how to write the descriptions so that knitters can recreate the shape and stitch pattern from my words

What’s your new favorite thing? The wind on the Western Coast of Denmark! Walking on the beach while almost being pushed around by the wind is so fascinating, feeling the actual forces of nature. I look at the shapes the wind creates in the waves and the sand dunes, which can be so inspiring. It makes me humble and feel even more like I’m a part of nature.


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