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How It All Began

How It All Began

I’ve been making my own designs since I was a little kid. My mom taught me to sew at the age of four, helping me make my first creation, “Mr. Bunny.” When I was seven, I vividly remember making a mattress, fitted sheet, quilt and pillow – with sham and lace trimming, naturally – for a naked baby cradle in my room. That’s about as close as I’ve ever come to playing with dolls, unless you count the clothes I made for other kid’s dolls once I was taught to crochet.

Throughout my life, I’ve dabbled in all sorts of design, using patterns as more of a guideline than as actual instructions. Prom dresses, costumes, skirts – you name it and I could make it. A friend even hired me to make her wedding dress – we came up with our own pattern, of course!

Then I moved to New York…

Due to lack of work space, storage and complete ignorance regarding where to find supplies, I stopped my craft.

That is, until 5 years ago, when a friend asked if my boyfriend and I wanted to walk in NYC’s famous Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Sure, why not, I thought!  Within a week, I had come up with the idea of going as a LEGO couple, a bride and groom, in fact. With the idea in place, I embarked upon a crazed week of shopping and all-nighters. The result?  Totally worth it – we ended up with pretty fine costumes.

It didn’t take me long to realize the creative monster inside me had been awakened. To satisfy its hunger, I started crocheting again. I had bought $120 of delicious red merino wool when I first arrived to NYC, and it was stuffed in a bag hiding somewhere in my closet.  I had initially intended to make a long sweater jacket, but no matter how many times I tried, it didn’t come out the way I wanted.  I decided that maybe I should learn to knit as it would open a whole new world of design and possibility.  Not wanting to invest one more dime into this project, I spotted a pair of chopsticks (perfectly round with stoppers on the ends!) and decided I could practice with those until I decided I liked knitting enough to invest in proper needles.

The more I experimented, the more I fell in love with knitting! I starting making baby hats, blankets, scarves and then moved onto dog sweaters, gloves and detailed hats. And not only that, I began knitting EVERYWHERE! On the bus, in the theater, in restaurants and bars… I’ve even dabbled in extreme knitting.  I knit this sock monkey costume for Halloween in 2010, and everyone kept commenting that I really can knit anything… that’s when I decided to make it official.

Sock MonkeyI never used patterns, but occasionally would learn something new by looking online – knittinghelp.com videos and YouTube have been incredibly helpful, helping me to discover the difference between continental and English knitting, the Turkish start, and how to increase and decrease properly.

In the past year, I’ve branched out with my own designs and I’ve learned to read and write patterns that are easy to follow. You can find my patterns and finished items in the icanknitanything shop. I also take custom design requests and knit for hire (sample knitting).

Contact me to submit descriptions of items you’d like to knitted, and once we agree upon the description and price, I’ll set out create your custom-designed piece.

Check back often. In addition to my monthly knitting blog, I am adding new custom designs every month (sometimes every week!). If you live in NYC and want to learn to knit, sign up for my classes and become part of the Itty Bitty Knitty Committee!

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