Now that we’ve been doing this for a while, we’re getting to more meaty questions.
Trudy asks: Who inspires you?
(Did anyone else queue up “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey” in their heads? Uh… Sorry, not sorry.)
Arthella, ever the enthusiastic one when it comes to all things knitting, said, “The entire fiber community inspires me each and every day!”
I feel like the only thing that would make her comment happier is to add emojis of smileys with hearts popping out of their eyes next to it. But, for your sake, no.
In all seriousness, it’s a simple statement that’s completely true – at least for me. When I have a few minutes here and there, I will pop over to Ravelry and just check out the latest designs, the recently shared projects in my groups, what’s happening on my favorite boards, etc. But it’s really the people of Ravelry (that’d be you!) who are the draw there.
And working at the shop? Well. That is definitely the most inspiring of all. It’s here that I’ve met new friends, each inspiring in their own way, from colleagues to customers to designers. It’s here I learn about the latest favorite patterns, and, yes, I sometimes see struggles. But isn’t it inspiring to help someone succeed? Or to pass around a brand new FO and then plot one of your own? I just love it. You guys are the best! Group hug.
Here’s what Danielle and the rest of the yarnistas had to say:
“Who inspires me? Olga! I don’t think she needs a last name, but if you don’t know, Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Her designs can be found here: http://olgajazzy.com/
“I have known her for far longer than almost anyone else in this industry. Her designs are unique, fashion forward, inventive, complicated or delightfully simple … I could go on. She is amazing. She challenges me to break out of my stockinette stitch obsession and try new things. Her attention to detail is impeccable and often I find myself asking “why is she making me do this in this pattern when it would be easier to do THIS?” And then I follow her instructions and realize that she has a reason, and the extra effort is well worth it.”
“Lately, I’ve been on a major fair isle kick. I’ve found myself very inspired by Kate Davies. Her designs are challenging, but reading her blog about knitting has made them seem more approachable. Like, her in-depth tutorial on steeking (including her technique dubbed the “steek sandwich“) makes it seem like something I might be able to approach on my own (since I always seem to be working when we teach it at the shop ;)). Similarly, her designs are fun and modern and makes learning the technique more enjoyable.”
“Is it sappy to say I’m inspired by our community? Because I totally am. Working in the shop, I see so many projects and combinations that I would never have thought of on my own. There are some truly great knitters coming through our doors, and it’s really exciting to see what everyone’s working on. It’s horrible from a queue-management perspective, but champagne problems, right?
“Elizabeth Zimmermann and her daughter Meg Swansen both inspire me for their practical approach to knitting instructions and for their welcoming attitude.
“Kate Davies is a tremendous inspiration to me – for her knitting, her designs and her research, but most of all for the courage she demonstrated in the chronicling of her recovery after her stroke.
“And our customers continue to inspire me every day. I’d be hard pressed to pick just one.
“Knitting is a great craft that provides us with so many rich opportunities for creativity and inspiration.”
And maybe that’s partly why we all love it so much.