Once in a blue moon you e-meet someone that is so genuinely real, talented, giving and kind. That someone lucky for us was Tina when we came across her Instagram page a few months ago. We instantly fell in love (HARD) over her patchwork/color combo kimono cardigan. What a BEAUT! If I saw it in person I'd probably drool all over it because it is that yummy and then beg her to sell it to me but then won't be able to afford it as it is truly priceless... I mean how to quantify something that is made with so much love, time and passion? I'm not sure if you can...
You may or may not have seen her other color-block and texture-heavy hand knitted feeds plus the cutest furball of kitty that pops up here and there. Well, this is your chance. Check her out now! Below are some questions we had the pleasure of asking her. :) Thank you Tina! Also she designed this Between The Lines Cardigan with our LOOP organic cotton yarn that is also pretty drool worthy in our book. ;) Click HERE to see and download the FREE pattern - courtesy of Tina of course.
Q. Where are you from? and where do you live now?
I’m from Queens, NY, now living in Metro Detroit, MI
Knits Designer for technical textiles
Q. Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Everything happens for a reason. I never take any opportunity for granted because of it. I try not to regret any decisions I make knowing it’ll always lead me, eventually, to where I need to be.
Q. Goals and dreams?
My goal is to be part of growing technical knitting in new innovations of textiles while still educating younger and younger generations on the joy of hand knitting. Knits are my passion. As long as I can still work with knits in any and all ways, it’ll be the perfect dream I’m living in now.
Q. Knit or crochet or both? and a fav stitch?
Knit, knit, knit! Favorite stitch will always be cables. I enjoy learning new stitches a lot but my heart will always go back to cables.
Q. What’s your journey been like as a designer?
I studied fashion knitwear design in college. I worked in the fashion industry for 6 years as a knitwear specialist, assisting designers with executing their ideas into a knit textile or garment. I now work in the sporting goods industry, working on more technical knits on industrial knitting machines. The innovation of knitting technology keeps me in the future of the industry and the tradition of hand knitting keeps me grounded to the roots of knits. I design hand knits now as a creative outlet. I love creating knitwear for knitters to experience and enjoy the process of making with their own hands.
Q. The coolest thing you’ve ever created? A gift or for self?
I made this cotton knit dress with cables knit by hand down the princess' line and drop stitch distress detail panels on a brother knitting machine and then sewn them together. It was for a senior thesis project in college. I’m also super excited about a pattern I’ll be releasing for my Home Sweet Home Kimono that I’ve been working with local yarn companies and dyers in Michigan to create and it’s been a great experience working with a community of people so passionate about their craft and just the sweetest, kindest people I’ve ever met.
Q. How did knitting happen for you? And why do you do it?
My grandmother taught me to knit. She taught me young but then I rediscovered knitting in college where I just fell in love with all the texture possibilities and colors and yarn and creating a fabric from scratch. I knit today because it’s my therapy, a way for my mind to slow down but still create something with my hands. Because of knitting, I found a way to share something with the world and hope it contributes to this community I’m so happy to be part of.