Natalia

Meet Natalia from Russia who lives in Italy!
Natalia is a former legal consultant from Moscow who moved to Italy 10 years ago. She is currently a housewife with 2 children.

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What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: In Italy there are small “mercerie” that sell just a few yarns and accessories, so I was happy to find Fiordilana where I can buy DROPS Design, Katia and Malabrigo yarn. Heidi the owner is always ready to help.
Yarn: I decided to experience some gorgeous british yarns and Eden Cottage Askham 4ply is the most beautiful yarn I’ve ever tried. I also hope to try soon some Studio Donegal tweed, as tweed is my favorite kind of fabric.

Why do you knit: Knitting cheers me up, makes me forget any problems. I’m happy to create unique garments for my children, for me and some friends. I like working with different colors, different yarns and knit many projects at the same time, so knitting is never boring.

Most challenging project? Cerisara cardigan, I liked the pattern but I had to make many modifications to make it perfect (to me).

What’s your new favorite thing?
Our new house, where I am planning to organize a space only for my knitting and sewing!


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Jillena

Meet Jillena from Columbus, Ohio, USA!
Jillena is an avid knitter and yarn enthusiast who lives with her boyfriend and two dogs. She loves running, antique shopping, and blogging about home improvement projects. You’ll find her on
Ravelry, Instagram, Etsy as @jillenasue and her website www.jillenasue.com

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: Yarn It & Haberdashery
Yarn: My current favorite is a worsted weight charcoal grey 50% alpaca, 25% merino, 25% tencel blend. I purchased a sweaters quantity at the Great Lakes Fiber Show this year.

Why do you knit: In the fall of 2014, I came to understand how knitting helps my soul. I found my knitting “flow”. I stopped comparing myself to others and became so happy with my own knitting. Once I got the beginning of a new pattern down, I could use knitting as a form of meditation. Finding true happiness within myself through knitting is a gift. It is the key to slow living and truly appreciating the serenity that comes with creating something out of nothing.

Most challenging project? All. The. Sleeves.

What’s your new favorite thing?
Tencel and tencel blend yarns – Why isn’t there more of this glorious eco-friendly fiber available! Maybe I’m just ahead of the game…


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Antje

Meet Antje from Germany!
Antje who lives in Berlin is a teacher, mom, Pilates trainer and knitter.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: In Berlin I really like Frida Fuchs but I love to buy yarns as a souvenir wherever we travel to.
Yarn: Merino with alpaca.

Why do you knit: Knitting is my preferred form of meditation. It is my creative outlet and I love wearing my handmade items.

Most challenging project (and why)? My baby blanket I knit for our daughter, it got interrupted by the birth! 🙂

What’s your new favorite thing?
Hundertwasser Wolle – this wool is dyed to match a painting of the artist Hundertwasser!


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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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