After experiencing the Emerging Artists program in 2012 through the Sask Craft Council I had thought hard about starting my own business and Knit Natural really took off in 2013. I took part in as many sales as I could and participated in 9 last year. Many of which were only for high quality craft. Not only was I able to get my name and brand out there but I was also able to learn what people look for in knitwear and fibre art. I have been knitting solid for 7 years, spinning for 6 and crocheting for 3 years. And this is NOT a hobby for me. As other fibre addicts experience, this is a 24/7 major deal. Fibre is on my mind all. the. time... and I really am working constantly. Whether with my hands or my mind is racing with new ideas, designs, challenges and other fibre
hand. Its fun to share my love for fibre and especially when I make friends along the way. I am currently working on my class schedule for this year and it will be listed on the site in my Classes & Workshops section shortly.
As always, if there is a class you are interested in or would like private lessons or assistance in anyway you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to help. I'd love for you to come
to relax in my studio and knit/crochet or spin with me :)
wool is so versatile and how handspun yarn can make a project really one of a kind. I had knit a couple designs this past year (both free) and they have really taken off. Bankhead has
been my most popular design so far with over 235 hats knit on Ravelry and in over 180 queues with hundreds of downloads a month and a 4.5/5 star rating. It fulfills one niche that is sometimes hard to find with knitting in that its a favourite among men. With it being comprised of ribbing, it fits a wide variety of head sizes and is easily customizable.
"This is my favorite hat I’ve ever made. Ever."
"This turned out so well I’m tempted to tell the birthday person I have no present to give"
"Super easy pattern. Quick, satisfying knit"
"A wonderful pattern. In fact I am going to knit another one"
"Simple, quick, and manly"
"This is going to be my go-to hat pattern from now on"
"One of my favorite patterns!!!"
My other pattern; Cobblestones, was made particularly for handspun but of course looks great made with anything. I am going to try to challenge myself more this year and learn new skills every month. For January, I am going to make a pair of socks... two at a time, on dpn's, simultaneously, one inside the other. Yeah, it might be insane but I have to try :P
sweaters for fashion designer Riley Lawson's Fall Collection. She showed me pictures of her designs and we discussed what sorts of details she wanted included. I went off her wonderful ideas and knit her a pullover and a cardigan which were featured on the runway at Sask Fashion Week AND she won the Emerging Designer award that weekend. I also knit her a pair of knee high socks in 6 days that were a nice accessory paired with a gorgeous wool jacket. The pullover was featured on Global News and both items are available for purchase (I will be writing a post on this experience in the next week or so).
really saw how crazy... I mean, how awesome the fibre community in Regina is. I think every member of the Regina Weavers and Spinners attended and many new faces who were likely as overwhelmed as I at the wonderful selection of hand-dyed fibre, yarns, notions and more Kim brought with her. It was also exciting to host this all in my brand new house! To finally invite people over and surround myself in good friends, my favourite dyer, fibre galore and food. I was able to open my studio (which has since been moved but more on that later) and not look some kind of weird hoarder of animal hair (well at least they didn't think so).