Snippets Issue 22 : The Winter Issue


Sabrina Gschwandtner, the mastermind behind KnitKnit.


When did you first become interested with fine arts and knitting?
I was interested in fine art and knitting as a kid. My mother and grandmother were both painters, and my mom taught me to crochet as a child. My grandmother also did a lot of crocheting and I slept under the quilts my great-grandmother made.

When did you realise you could combine the two?
It was a long process starting in college. I started by sewing on film, then I went back and forth between the two, then through KnitKnit I realized it could all intersect.

How did you come up with KnitKnit?
I was riding my bike home from Prospect Park and thought of it. I was pushing down on the pedals and thinking "knit, knit, knit, knit..." which is how I came up with the name.

What was the first ever and latest items you have made?
The first ever thing... probably a drawing. I just finished a large quilt made of 16 mm film (small pic attached).

Do you have a favourite project from your book?
It changes all the time. Because it's fall, right now I am really into Risto's "Paris Jacket."

How much knitting do you have time for at the moment?
Not much. I am crocheting a baby blanket for a friend right now.

Do you do any other crafts?

How do you like to relax?
Yoga. Walking, Watching Mad Men.

What are you working on at the moment?
Make more film quilts. Eventually I want to start a seaside retirement center for arty/crafty retirees.

Do you have any tips for someone wanting to get started with knitting?
Get a stranger knitting on the subway or a bus to help teach you. Or go to YouTube- whenever I want to learn a new stitch I look up YouTube videos.

You can find out more about Sabring at her website and at KnitKnit.

(Photo by Jason Spingarn-Koff)


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