Category: Interviews

Interview: Angela Tong

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Angela Tong and I go way back—she’s actually one of the very first people who tested a Mochimochi Land pattern! That was when we both lived in New York (she’s now in New Jersey and I’m in Chicago), and also before her career as a teacher and designer of elegant, attractive knitwear and accessories took off.

Like SpillyJane, Bonney Teti, and Knit Picks, Angela is a sponsor of the 10th Anniversary Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—winners will receive PDF packages of her designs. I hope if you’re reading this, you’re working on an entry! Read Angela’s interview and then get back to work!

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Interview: Bonney Teti and her World’s Biggest Yarn Stash

Oh look—the deadline for entries in the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest is one month away!

Among lots of other fabulous prizes, we’ve got a boatload of unusual books and kits from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash for the winners. I thought it was about time to delve deeper into this stash, so let’s take a look inside!

A video interview was a new thing for me, so please forgive any awkwardness! I think the interview works well as a podcast, actually, but Bonney does show us around the stash, which contains way more than just yarn.

After we finished the interview, Bonney sent over some adorable photos of cats that she asked me to share.

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These rescue cats are enjoying a cozy bed that Bonney made from her stash yarn. She’s definitely using the power of the stash for good, and not evil.

If you missed it, please check out my (written) interview with another of this year’s sponsors, designer SpillyJane! I also have an interview with Angela Tong coming up, so stay tuned for that too!

Interview: SpillyJane

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Happy hand warmers by SpillyJane: Little Ghost, Golden Light Mittens, OctoMitts, Gargoyle Mittens

spillyjane1One of the most intriguing presences in the knitting world, SpillyJane is somebody I noticed right away when her striking colorwork appeared on Ravelry. If you’re like me, you can’t get the Canadian designer’s mittens, socks, and other projects out of your mind, because all of her designs are lovely and memorable in different ways—for a knitter who works in repetitious colors, she sure doesn’t come across as repetitive! In addition to her eye-catching designs, SpillyJane comes with a personality that never ceases to surprise me. Just follow her on Twitter to see what I mean.

SpillyJane is generous enough to be one of our sponsors of the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest—winners will receive PDF pattern packages from her—and she was cool enough to answer a few questions about herself and her design work. I’m excited to get to know her more. I think we could all learn a thing or two from SpillyJane.

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Twinkie Chan Interview and Giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to our giveaway winner!

Every now and then I interview someone who surprises and inspires me with what they do. Twinkie Chan, the crochet genius who specializes in kitschy food-themed creations, has been one of those people for years. I met her at Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle back in 2010, when we were scheduled for back-to-back book signings, and I’ve been following her ever since. (She’s impossible to forget with her candy-colored hair!)

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Twinkie Chan has a new book out that anyone who loves crochet and/or cute stuff will be excited about, and I took the opportunity to score an interview and offer a giveaway of the book. Enjoy our conversation, then see how to enter the giveaway in the comments below.

(As you can see, the tiny ninjas are hoping to pick up some tips on how to steal from a crocheted cookie jar….)

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Interview: Lorna and Jill Watt of Knits for Life

I have something really special to share today—an interview with Lorna and Jill Watt, the yarnbombing geniuses behind Knits for Life!

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Not only is this an interview with two yarn artists who astound me with their large-scale and very original projects, it comes in the form of a transcribed conversation between Lorna and Jill. Having a conversation in response to my questions was their idea, and I think it really captures their personalities so much better than a written interview ever would have. (See, I said they were geniuses!)

I’ve decided to post the interview in full because it’s just too much fun!

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Interview: Julie Lindsey of Happy Go Lucky Yarn

How are your entries for our photo series contest coming along?? You have nearly 3 weeks left before the deadline—plenty of time to snap a series of fun photos with your mochis!

Today I’m excited to share with you an interview with Julie Lindsey, the yarn artist behind Happy Go Lucky, the sponsor for our photo contest.

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I’m especially thrilled to have her as a sponsor because not only are her hand-dyed yarns lovely, but she’s also local to our new Chicago home! So I’ve had the opportunity to meet her in person and talk fiber on multiple occasions. It’s so cool to know the person behind the yarn. Get to know Julie yourself (and pick up some tips on working with hand-dyed yarn) after the jump!

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Interview: David and Esther of Argyle Yarn Shop

Today I’m excited to share an interview I did with David and Esther Betten, the husband-and-wife owners of of Argyle, my local yarn store in Brooklyn!

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David and Esther opened their shop just down the street from me in the fall of 2011, so they’re still kind of the new kids on the block, but now they’ve been around long enough to have experienced all four seasons and the ups and downs in yarn retailing that come with them. They were generous enough to be really honest and open in this interview, and now I’m even more impressed by the bravery, smarts, and passion that they continue to put into Argyle every day.

Read the full interview after the jump!

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