When did you first start knitting / crocheting and where did you learn?
My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 6 years old. I'm a lefty and she somehow taught me to knit that way even though she's a righty.
I taught myself to crochet four years ago when I was pregnant. I knew I'd never have the patience to knit my son a blanket, but a granny square blanket seemed doable. I was so happy with the finished product!
Can you remember the first thing you made?
I remember the first thing I ever sewed. I was 3 when my mom gave me a needle and thread. I sewed sparkly plastic beads onto a scrap of orange corduroy and was ever so proud of myself.
Although I knew how to knit as a child it wasn't until high school that I started knitting hats. I knit hundreds of hats before I ever made a single scarf.
Who are your favourite pattern designers and celebrity knitters & crocheters?
I love the colorful, Scandinavian style of Heidi Grønvold and Anna Enge from Pickles.no. Their patterns are usually simple and I wish I could some day order their gorgeous yarn.
What are your favourite things to stitch and do you have a favorite item you've made?
I love knitting hats. They are straightforward and have a definite start and finish. Unlike scarves, which seem to never end, I can finish a hat in three hours.
My favorite hat might be my Old Glory Hat. It's one of my more complicated patterns, but it is so cozy and colorful. I need a warm head most of the year here in Alaska so hats are an important component to my wardrobe.
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?
My best friend and I coined the term, "Knitflix," which are films that we love and know so well that we can have them on while knitting and not miss out on anything if we're looking down at our work.
Some of our Knitflix films are:
The "Harry Potter" series
"City of Ember"
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I crochet and sew, but my biggest hobby has recently turned into a business. Since I was 14 I've worked in flower shops. In high school I made all the corsages for my guy friends' prom dates. I even did the flowers for my own wedding.
This year I started making and selling fresh flower crowns. My business has taken off. I did florals for 12 weddings this year and one of them was featured on the Knot.com. It's been a great learning experience to do floral work on my own.