The Rare Ones

Brianna Hawkins

Brianna Hawkins

The Rare One

They came. They saw. They became my friends. Brianna is definitely one of the most amazing people I've had the pleasure of meeting since The Rare Creature started. Not only is she gorgeous at 1st glance but as time went on and we got to know each other it became obvious that Brianna is one of the brightest newly college graduates I've ever met. She has the kind of focus and drive I can only dream of my early 20 something-year-old had, and that crystal clear vision of what she wants in life at a tender young age is something I still struggle with in my 30's. Welp, one day at a time and one thing at a time. ;)  

So I asked her to model for the new LOOP collection lookbook. She agreed. I paid her in yarns. What a deal I got. I am such a lucky one. :)))) 

And here's a bit more about Brianna. :) 





Q. Where are you from? and where do you live now?

New England – I grew up in New Hampshire and spent three years in Boston before moving to New York City in July of 2016. I live in Hell’s Kitchen by the river, which I enjoy because it’s a bit quieter near 11th Avenue.


Q. Occupation?

I work in wholesale at Sies Marjan. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, so it’s a great job for me because I get to combine business skills with the creativity of working in the luxury fashion industry. It also means I get to go to Paris four times a year, which I’ll never complain about.


Q. What do you do in your free time? 

Knit! Every free moment I can. I find the repetitive motions soothing and the joy of creating a finishing project so rewarding. It’s a great way for me to unwind after work. But besides that, I really am a homebody. I’ll call my boyfriend, Nick, who is still in Boston getting his doctorate. I’ll clean my apartment, water my plants, watch Netflix. My apartment is my happy place.


Q. What’s the biggest challenge you had to overcome? And how did you overcome it?

Moving to NYC has been enormously difficult. I’m still not in love with the city – I prefer Boston – but the opportunities are here. Finding a job I enjoy has made the transition easier, but I am still “over-coming” so to speak.


Q. Dreams and goals?

Spend the rest of my life with Nick. Be genuinely happy with the things I have in life. Become less dependent on material goods. Own a home. Pay off my student loans…


Q. How did knitting happen and who taught you? 

My mom taught me to knit when I was young, but I put it down and didn’t pick it up again until last year. At that point, re-taught and learned everything I know now from YouTube. I know, right?


Q. How long have you been doing it?

I’ve only been seriously knitting for about 6 months. But I don’t see myself ever stopping --- it’s become an addiction.


Q. Why do you do it?

I find it’s the best way to cope with anxiety. I love to create and I never feel bored. In the back of my mind, I’m always thinking about the next project I want to create, how I can become a better knitter, etc.


Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever created? A gift or for self?

I’m currently working on the Bumbleebee Shawl by Verena Cohrs. I’m using the yarn I bought in Paris, so it feels quite special to me. It’s definitely the most intricate thing I’ve had the courage to make so far, and the most stitches I’ve ever had on my needles. For myself!


Q. Travel, coolest place you’ve brought your knitting to?

Paris. Always on the plane and always waiting for me in my Airbnb when I get off work. It’s the one constant in my world of moving variables.