Many knitters are mothers. (Happy belated mom’s day to all of you!) These are the most amazing knitters of all, if you ask me. Somehow they manage to squeeze these amazing creations out of the very little time they have in the day.
Our newest knitter featured here in JP’s Knitter Profiles is Kristi, and not only has she made beautiful things with her hands, she managed to get her son in the mix too. Read on to see what I mean.
JP: Happy spring! What’s your favorite season?
I love all 4 seasons but I think fall is one of my favorites. I love unpacking the sweaters (hand-knit or not), getting ready for the cool weather, and the smell of the leaves on the ground when you are raking.
JP: When do you enjoying knitting most?
I love knitting on the bus on my way to work because I can turn on a podcast or music and just zone out while I knit. I also like to turn on the TV and get hooked into a series and watch it while knitting on a cloudy day. However, with a 2 year old in the house, there is not as much time to do that as I’d like.
Knitting at 1.5 years old. Impressive!
JP: How did you find out about us?
I found out about Jordana’s bags in an advertisement or featured product add in Interweave way back in 2005 or 2006. My first bag was The Knitter’s Messenger Bag in pink & black. I think I have tried every bag once, except for the Bella. I just got an L.J. Kealms and I love my new bag.
JP: What was your reaction to the bags?
I was in love! I loved all of the useful pockets and how there was room for my purse stuff and my knitting. I also loved the pattern protector in the top of the bag. As I have acquired more of them, I have noticed that they are the bag that I get the most compliments on. I can carry a Coach bag, a purse from Kohls or Target, any of the other knitting bags out there, but when I carry a JP bag I get sooo many compliments.
JP: If you could eat or drink anything with no consequences, what would it be?
Non- alcoholic: White Chocolate Mocha, Alcoholic: Cosmopolitans
JP: What projects are you working on right now?
I have a few on the needles now- I have a Leaflet cardigan I am doing for the warmer months using Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton, and then I also have another Daybreak I am actively working on using Madeline Tosh Merino Light.
I have been on a shawl/ cardigan kick, but I think after this I’m going to continue working on my Color Affection shawl as it doesn’t have purling. I also just spun some yarn up and I am going to make ZuZu’s Petals with it. It’s a gorgeous mix of BFL and Silk in a gradient.
JP: What’s the one knitting project you’ve always wanted to try but just haven’t gotten around to or just a little intimidated by?
I would LOVE to make Dale of Norway sweater. However the amount of colorwork and the small gauge is really intimidating to me.
JP: How many JP bags or patterns have you bought/knit over the years?
I have purchased probably 4 bags, and I have knitted Cadence. I loved Cadence as I used the yarn that was called for and it is so nice and it’s a little sexy for a night out with my husband. My favorite bag is probably the Rio, but like I said, I just got the LJ Kaelms and I think I will like that one even more, especially now that I have an iPad & it can carry it easier.
Kristi in Cadence
JP: Do you have any favorite quotes or sayings?
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Reading that inspired me to get out of the job I had been doing for the past 7 years because it was something I was comfortable doing, and into a new, more challenging job that I am loving as I can be around people more.
JP: What kind of music gets you in the crafty mood?
Dave Matthews Band, even though my husband hates it.
JP: You mention you’re in love with you L.J. What’s so special about it?
Before I was carrying a purse plus a messenger bag. When I’d have to bring my laptop home for work, that meant either I couldn’t bring my knitting & iPad to work, or I had 3 bags on the way home on the bus. The L.J. simplifies things so much. Everything fits in my (heavy) bag without a problem.
In here I’ve got 2 knitting projects (one on each side), my iPad in the middle pocket, Respect the Spindle book, latest copy of Interweave Knits, checkbook, wallet, misc purse stuff (pens lipgloss, ect), notions, headphones, iPhone, keys, and most importantly, my son’s epi pens (which fit great in the side pockets so I can find them easily in an emergency).
Some days I’ll bring all of this to work, some days I won’t, but it is comforting to know it all fits and I won’t be the “bag lady” on the bus on the way home. This is BY FAR my favorite bag. The top stays shut, the bag doesn’t tip, the shoulder straps stay on my shoulders, and I love the material. I wish I would have purchased it sooner.
JP: Coffee or tea?
Coffee- with plenty of sugar
JP: How did you learn to knit?
I worked at Keepsake Quilting one summer in New Hampshire. While there I learned how to piece quilt tops together, but couldn’t bring all of the tools back to school with me. I really enjoyed being creative, so the women I worked with at Keepsake taught me how to knit as well.
They sent me back to college with 3 balls of Patons and a pattern for a hat (as Keepsake Quilting is owned by the same people as Patternworks is). Shortly after that, I discovered the book Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller, and being in college at the time, the book was just right. I then visited my first LYS shortly thereafter and was hooked ever since. I’ve been knitting for 8 years now.
And spinning too! Here's some of that BFL silk spun yarn. *drool*
JP: What was your first knitting project?
The first project that I actually kept was a “Ribbed for Her Pleasure” scarf from Stitch ‘N Bitch. It was just a basic ribbed scarf, knit out of Brown Sheep. I still have it. However the funniest story I have about knitting was a hat for my now husband.
I cast on, without doing a gauge swatch, and ended up knitting him a hat that could have easily been a ski mask because it was so big. Then, I ripped that out (again, didn’t check my gauge) and ended up with a hat so small it didn’t even fit me. The third hat, I decided to actually do a gauge swatch for (shocking, I know) and it fit perfectly. He still has it & wears it.
JP: It’s the zombie apocolypse. What’s your weapon of choice?
Sniper Rifle- can’t let them get too close.
JP: What’s one of the strangest things you’ve put in your JP bag?
Diaper rash cream & diapers for my son.
JP: What’s the last movie you really enjoyed, whether you were knitting or not?
I just saw the Hunger Games last weekend (and knit during it). I’ve read the series 3 times and I think they did a really great job with it.
JP: Do you have a favorite type of knitting project?
I am currently on a shawl/ shawlette/ cowl jag. I love how you can put them with so many outfits and get a different look. Plus it’s another use for all of my sock yarn stash.
JP: Do you prefer to knit alone or with friends?
If I am working on something that I can actually talk and work on, hands down I would rather knit with friends. I love having this in common with people and getting inspired by what they are working on.
JP: If time and money were no object, what would you be doing?
Knitting/spinning and traveling to all of the fiber festivals/ workshops I could possibly attend to meet more knitters.
Thanks so much for sharing your stories and photos (particularly that cutie pie knitting)! You can connect with Kristi on Twitter or Ravelry. Kristi was kind enough to recommend some great yarn shops in Minneapolis. Thanks for that too!
If you’d like to be featured in our knitter’s profile, we’d love to hear from you! Email or leave your info in the comments and we’ll make it happen! Don’t worry, you don’t have to submit photos of yourself if you’re not into that (but we do want to see your knitting and your bags for sure).