I love your book! There are so many patterns in it that I can actually see myself making, especially as it gets closer to the holidays.
How did you come up with the concept for this book?
Our editor, Jessica Gordon, had the idea for a knitted gifts book divided up by who the gift is for. I fell in love with the idea, and thought that other knitters would, too. Since the books release in March, people have really been responding to the sentiment. For recipients I chose Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Men in Our Lives, Wee Ones and Friends. It was so fun to design gifts with each recipient in mind. I tried to think about who that person was in my life as I came up with an ideal project.
The yarns that you chose are ones that I see on the blogs a lot, but that are also considered high end…had you used these yarns before? How did you decide which ones to choose?
I did choose a lot of special yarns. As you know, using the right yarn really contributes to the wow factor of a project. Closely Knit contains a number of smaller projects. I hope this will help make using some of these yarns more possible for people.
Most of the yarns I chose were what I have used and loved, particularly The Fibre Company’s yarns. This yarn mill started down the street from me here in Portland, Maine. I cannot begin to articulate how wonderful their yarn is, you just have to experience it for yourself. They offer unique blends in the most beautiful colors. A list of LYS who carry this yarn can be found here: http://thefibreco.com/retailers.html
As you have mentioned in the past, some yarn companies are especially great to work with, being super nice and helpful. I found that to be the case with all who supplied yarn for Closely Knit, but I must give a special shout out to Classic Elite Yarns, who continues to be so helpful as I begin work on book #2.
One of my favorite patterns is the baby pants. When you wrote that pattern, did you have cloth diapering in mind? (These would be great as a soaker, and typically, online soaker patterns are pretty expensive…this is a great alternative!)
I did not have soakers in mind, great idea!
I always say that those little pants are what got me this gig. They were the first project I created, the one I sent in with the proposal to F & W. Thanks, little pants! I had sewn a similar pair for my niece, and thought a knit version could be super cute.
I like it that the book contains a range of ideas from big projects like sweaters all the way to teeny projects like the heart pin…
Yeah, I like that, too. Again, that’s were the focus of the book was so helpful during the design process. I could focus on one recipient at a time and come up with a range of five projects for each.
Anything else you’d like to add??
I would like to thank you for being so gracious in having me on your blog. I look forward to hosting you on knitbot in the near future! Thank you also to the growing number of fans of Closely Knit for their support. It’s so fun to see the finished projects showing up on Ravelry and other places. I hope you all get a lot of mileage out of this book!