Wednesday, February 10, 2016

D2K Episode 2 - Getting to Know Kim

Hi Knitters we are moving along and figuring out how to Podcast.  We are excited to share episode 2 with you where we interview Kim. Take a listen and I hope you enjoy getting to know Kim.

Episode 2 Audio 

What is in our lesson Plan today:

Show and Tell:

Marcy's knitting True by Joji Locatelli using Grace by Fiesta Yarn.

Kim's knitting her 1st MKAL, the pattern is Four Seasons by Alana Dakos. Kim is knitting with Madelinetosh Tosh DK, she started the project with Cascade Venezia Worsted, but planned poorly and didn't have enough yarn so she frogged it and switched to the Tosh. She is also knitting on her Mexico socks, the pattern she is using is the Hermione's Everyday Socks and she is incorporating the After Thought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman and she's using the magic loop method and knitting them two at a time.  

Kim's interview:

  •  How did you get into kitting? Learned to knit at College
  •  How long have you been knitting? A Looooooong time! Over 30 years!
  • On average how many hours a week do you spend knitting? 10-15??I'd be fun to keep track.
  • What are your colors you gravitate towards in yarn and has your color choices changed over the years? My color choices haven't changed much over the years. I'm really drawn to blues, greens, teals, peaches. corals and lots of vibrant colors. I often think of using neutrals for the practicality though.
  • Do you belong to a knitting group?  I started one over 5 1/2 years ago and we met at my house and a few weeks after our LYS opened we started meeting there every week and we love it!
  • Does Ravelry play a huge role in your knitting? HUGE! I really enjoy it and can't imagine my knitting life without it. 
  • Do you have a favorite design/project you have made? Maybe my entrelac bag that I designed after taking an entrelac class a few years ago. Its very hard for me to decide. I often like what I'm knitting at the moment.
  • Do you have a favorite designer? There're so many that I like! iJoji Locatelli, Ysolda Teague, Nevernotknitting, Cat Bordhi, Cocoknits and Baby Cocktails
  • Do you have a favorite yarn you like to use? No specific brand, but I do mainly use DK, sport or fingering weight yarns. I did knit a Viajante by Martina Behm (one of my other favorite designers,) out of a boat load of lace weight yarn!
  • Do you knit things multiple times? Yes! For example, I've knit 3 Hitofude and really enjoyed making them. You can find them here: 1, 2, and 3. There's a nice feeling of familiarity when you knit an item again; yet, there're so many things that I want to knit and only so much time! I did go through a little stuffed animal phase last year and I knit the Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is a free pattern on Revelry and is super cute. Then, I crocheted a bunch of adorable little bunnies for gifts.  Last fall, my knitting group went on a little stripped sweater binge. The Cattails pattern is fun and easy. See mine, here and here
  • Do you gravitate towards certain types of projects? Yes, not many pullovers because our weather is too warm here and I like to wear what I knit. I do have a gorgeous pullover on the needles, Autumn's End, and its got a lot of lace so I think it'll be cool enough. I knit a lot of socks, shawls and summer garments. 
  • What is the hardest project you have ever made? Maybe a lace shawl (Bryce Canyon) that I knit about 5 years ago. Knitting charts were newish to me at the time and so it was a little challenging, but not really hard. 
  • Are there any other fiber/crafts you do? I knit, crochet a little, weave a bit, and started spinning about a 1.5 years ago. 
  • Who are your knitting rock stars that you would love to sit down and have dinner with. She's not a knitting designer, but a spinning rockstar, Judith Mckenzie. I can't choose just one, but here are some of the knitter's that I'd enjoy sitting down with and having a drink: Martina Behm and several of the other designers mentioned above in the favorite designer section. 

      What's on our Blackboard? 

We"ll be going to Stitches West in Santa Clara, California on February 19th-21st. We are excited about talking to and interviewing some interesting fiber folks while we are there. We look forward to sharing those interviews with you in a future episode.

Thank you so much for joining us for our 2nd episode! These first two episodes were special interview eps where we talked to each other to learn more about our knitting history, personality and habits. Next time you hear from us we'll be back from Stitches West with lots of interesting interviews and stories to share with you. We'll "see" you then! Happy knitting.

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