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What To Knit When You're Expecting

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Nikki Van De Car
Jersey City, NJ
I write knitting patterns

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

I learned in college! I worked at a dry goods store, and the owner, Shar, taught me. She gave me very little direction--here's how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off--that's it, you're done. It was great!

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I made a blanket for a dog I had never met. I was going to England on a class trip and Shar suggested I make something for her friend's dog, Eigg. I brought it to him, but it was a complete disaster--full of holes and shaped like a trapezoid instead of a rectangle.

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

I want to be Ysolda Teague when I grow up. I also adore everything Kim Hargreaves has ever touched, and Kate Davies is amazing. Bristol Ivy uses such wonderful and unusual construction techniques that I don't even understand what's happening until it's finished!

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

I just keep making shawls. I think it's because they are relatively inexpensive but you can use absolutely gorgeous yarn, and there are so many interesting things you can do within that format.

But my favorite thing I've ever made was the Maile Sweater I designed for my daughter. It was perfect.

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

I'll stitch along with anything! Right now we're watching Person of Interest, but I also like to knit and read, as long as I'm using my kindle and I don't have to turn the pages. I'm just finishing up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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

I love to spin! I'm not very good at it yet, but it's absolutely thrilling. I'm just starting my first sweater made entirely with handspun.

I also cook, crochet a little, and do any number of kids crafty projects--there isn't a toilet paper roll or wine cork that goes unused in this house!

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On the floor of my daughter's room