Pia

Meet Pia from beautiful island Gotland, Sweden! ūüáłūüᙬ†@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! ūüá¶ūüáļ¬†@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‚Äôs also a social thing ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôt know why we thought it was such a daunting challenge ‚Äď 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! ūüáļūüᳬ†@itsayummy
Jessica owns a knit/yarn company called It’s a…Yummy Рthe 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 Рmy yarn is custom made, over-sized, 100% merino wool Рto truly appreciate It’s a…Yummy yarn Рyou must experience it in person Рthe 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‚Äôt 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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Emma

Meet Emma from the UK now living in the Yarra Valley, Australia!
Emma has been knitting for around 18 months and crocheting since she qualified as a social worker in 2011.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
Greedily, I have two! Knitworking based in Nottingham, UK and Crumbz Craft in Healesville, Australia. I love them both for the kindness and knowledge that they have shared with me, over and above that of ‘just a customer’. It’s helped me to feel part of this wild and woolly community!
Yarn: I have traveled to Bendigo Woollen Mills and their luxury DK and 4ply are smooth and easy to use (not to mention excellent value for money). For color I have to blow the trumpet for Travelknitter and her impeccable BFL sock yarn. The saturation in her colorways creates these vibrant yarns that I find really therapeutic to work with.

Why do you knit? For me, knitting and crocheting started as survival at a difficult time when I required total brain immersion. Slowly, it has metamorphosed into this act of radical self-care. For me doing anything creative is an act of self-esteem. Sitting down and knitting a few rows, reminds me that I am enough and I have everything I need. Oh and that I can do hard things, because sometimes in the middle of a project, just showing up is a miracle!

Most challenging project?¬†In terms of actual knitting, the Rheinlust shawl by Melanie Berg¬†had me debating giving up entirely (I’m terribly over dramatic at times). The pattern itself was written beautifully, but it was mainly fiddly back-loops work and the pattern repeat would not stick in my mind. I learned persistence and trying to find joy in being present with the knitting alone from that project!

What’s your new favorite thing? Working in the countryside! If someone had told me a year ago that I would love working outside in the rain and cold РI would laughed in their face. But I love being surrounded by all this crazy, living, breathing world and covered in muck at the end of the day!

 


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Stefania

Meet Stefania from Italy!
Stefania lives in Umbria, known as ‚Äėthe green heart of Italy‚Äô in the town of Assisi. Since childhood she likes to knit and crochet for her family, friends and herself..She loves to go out hiking in the Umbrian valleys.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
Unfortunately there are no yarn shops here, only ‚Äúmercerie‚ÄĚ (haberdashery). I usually buy leftover yarn from knitwear factories. This yarn is very thin and has to be plied several times. It also requires knowledge of the yarn to recognize the most prized because it doesn’t usually have a brand. Maybe one day I will open my own yarn shop…
Yarn: All natural fibres.

Why do you knit? When I was eight years old, a neighbor who was deaf-mute taught me how to knit.She took my hands and guided them until I learned how to do it. I spent the most beautiful afternoons of my childhood with her. The feeling of peace and happiness that comes from knitting has stayed with me. I still have the doll with the first knitted garment I made.

Most challenging project? Lately I’m trying to make and write my own patterns. My first free pattern on Ravelry is called UMBRIA.

What’s your new favorite thing? My craft room, where I have all my treasures (stash).

 


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Laurie

Meet Laurie from New York, USA! Laurie lives in Syracuse with her husband and two boys. She is a social studies teacher.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store:
I’ve been pretty spoiled by my local yarn shop, Yarn Cupboard. Every October, though, all of my yarn love goes to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. I meet up with friends for schmoozing and lots of shopping. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Yarn: Um, all of them?

Why do you knit? Both of my grandmothers were knitters. One was practical in her knitting, with lots of (washable) acrylic blankets. The other was a sexy knitter. She made fitted sweaters and skirts with natural fibers. After she died, I took her collection of needles with the thought of taking up knitting someday. About five years later, I bought The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting and Crocheting. After many fitful starts and stops, I got the hang of knitting. Now knitting is my way to relax, to let my mind wander, and to make lots of beautiful things! (Though I still have the acrylic blankets.)

Most challenging project? Any project that requires me to do several things at once. My least favorite words in a pattern are ‚Äúand at the same time.‚ÄĚ I take excessive notes on when to increase, decrease, cable, etc.

What’s your new favorite thing? My hearing aids. I love not having to ask people to repeat themselves so often.

 


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