Knit & Crochet Superstar


Stitch along with Tanis from TanisKnits

Tanis Gray
Alexandria, VA
Knitwear designer, knitting book author, editor, advanced knitting techniques teacher, mother, wife

When did you first start knitting / crocheting and where did you learn?

I started when I was 8. My mom had always knit and started getting back into it, so I learned and she relearned together. It was great fun and I look forward to teaching my son.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

A hideous maroon garter stitch scarf.

Who are your favourite pattern designers and celebrity knitters & crocheters?

There are so many talented crafters out there! I adore Kirsten Kapur, Cirilia Rose, Nancy Bush, Alice Starmore... The list goes on and on.

What are your favourite things to stitch and do you have a favorite item you've made?

I love a good hardcore lace project that challenges me. I made my mom a beautiful lace shawl a couple of years ago with over 1000 beads. I love making my mom lace shawls because she understands the work that goes into it and appreciates good yarn and actually wears them. However, Fair Isle knitting is my favorite. Anything Fair Isle, bring it on!

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I like watching Downton Abbey, Veronica Mars, Firefly, Doctor Who... Any series that I can just pop in another disc and keep knitting.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I crochet and I am obsessed with photography and cycling (not at the same time). I love playing with Legos and going on nature walks with my son, making a mess in the kitchen and doing puzzles with over 10,000 pieces.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Knitting is good for the soul. I think if everyone knit, the world would be a kinder, gentler place with less hate and more fiber.

Tanis Gray
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I am an equal opportunity knitter!

What's your favorite...

TV Show
Firefly, Downton Abbey
Yo Yo Ma, Sousa, Gershwin
My homeland, Boston, but Seattle and London are close behind.
Ang Lee's Sense & Sensibility
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Yarn Brand
Neighborhood Fiber Company
Places To Knit/Crochet
The subway is fun because after 8 years living in NYC, I perfected the standing/no handrail holding knit stance while riding a train. I also knit when at the dentist to keep my mind off the torture going on in my mouth. It makes the dentist nervous. There