Are you new to knitting, or do you have a friend who’s been wanting to learn for a while now? Our new Learn to Knit Kits come in three levels, perfect for beginners of all levels. Each kit contain needles, yarn, a yarn needle, an instruction booklet, and a pin to wear when you’ve completed your project, all in a handsome box great for storage or giving. We also have tutorials for each of these kits, so any new knitter will be instructed by a Knit Picks staff member, each step of the way. The scarf pattern in our Level 2 kit was written by Stacey, who also teaches the class!
Here are Stacey’s answers to a few questions, so you can get to know your teacher a bit better!
What’s your favorite item to knit/crochet?
Socks! And hats too, but mainly it seems to be socks.
Who are your 2 favorite knitting/crochet designers?
That’s the hardest question for me to answer, since I coordinate both IDP (our Independent Designers Program) as well as the Knit Picks collections – both of which put me in contact with hundreds of designers that I love (and I never seem to have enough time to knit or crochet their projects). I would say the designers I end up going to for new projects are Hilary Smith Callis, Erica Jackofsky and Lee Meredith (sorry, that’s three, but I can’t narrow it down more than that – all three are so different!).
Are you currently working on a project right now? What is it?
Several! I always have a pair of socks on the needles, my current one is in Hawthorne in the Parkrose colorway. I’m also working on a cardigan in Preciosa from Hilary Smith Callis’s The Sweater Book. And I’ve become addicted to the Hue Shift Afghan pattern, so I’m halfway through one in Mighty Stitch for myself. I’m sure there are other forgotten projects laying around as well, plus I haven’t even started any Christmas gifts yet.
Do you do any other crafts, besides knitting/crochet?
Not really – I do cross stitch and sew occasionally but mainly I just knit or crochet.
What is your favorite Knit Picks yarn and why?
Hawthorne! I do constantly knit socks and since we released it, I’ve only every wanted to use Hawthorne for my projects. The tight twist, the colors, the durability – it’s just the absolute perfect sock yarn. It’s also fab for hats & scarves, plus I’m dying to use one of the semi-solids in a sweater for myself.
You can find Stacey’s tutorial classes and our Learn to Knit Club Kits by following these links. Thanks, Stacey!