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Behind The Stitches: Alyssa Ki

"I'm so obsessive when it comes to the things I love. Hence, my yarn stash"


I’m so excited to introduce you to this next creator. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to chat with weaver Alyssa Ki. Alyssa is at the very beginning of what I can tell is going to be a fantastic career in weaving. I almost fell out of my chair when I found out how new she is to this. I feel like I really got a scoop with this one, because if this is where she is after only doing this for a little over a year I can only imagine where weaving will take her next. Her honesty and vulnerability in this conversation is something that left a mark on me. I can’t wait to do a follow up interview with her as her career progresses. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we get to know Alyssa Ki.

Sam: I just want to know more about what you do! How did you get started?

Alyssa: Just weaving in general?

Sam: Well, your weavings are all that I really know about. Is that the first craft that you started with?

Alyssa: I made jewelry when I was younger. I had this small jewelry tutorial blog for a really long time. My sister taught me how to make earrings. Very much Korean inspired in the way that you put the beads together. I kind of did that until... well I still do it when I have time.

Then I was scrolling through Instagram and was really inspired by the embroidery I was seeing and I thought I would give that a try. But I was terrible at it, it's just so slow, and the stitches are so tiny. When I found weaving something just clicked. Now it's been a year and I'm freaking obsessed!

"I just think there's something powerful in the making of things"

Sam: You've only been doing this for a year? That's so crazy! We’ll come back to that, but when did you start crafting with the jewelry?

Alyssa: Probably high school. I was about fourteen so right in the beginning of high school.

Sam: What inspired you to try weaving?

Alyssa: I don't know... probably the yarn. There's something about it that feels almost visceral when you find or feel the yarn. So I think it starts with the fiber.

I just think there's something powerful in the making of things. I had actually tried it a few years ago. I had bought a loom at target and it just didn't click for me. I don't think there was as much information out there then as there is now in terms of weaving and the online classes you could take. I googled yarn on Craigslist and found this thrift store out in Brooklyn. They had huge garbage bags full of yarn for like a dollar per skein. So I went over and bought all of this yarn. But it didn't click for me then so I ended up donating a lot of it back.

Sam: So you bought the yarn before you knew how to weave?

Alyssa: Yeah, and I had no idea what I was doing. There definitely weren't as many Youtube tutorials back then as there are now. I really feel like weaving has exploded in the past two years. I sat down to try it again in February of last year and never looked back.

Sam: Why do you think it worked out this time?

Alyssa: Well, I'm kind of an obsessive personality in that when I find something I love I NEED it. I need the best of everything. I need the most of everything. I'm so obsessive when it comes to the things I love. Hence, my yarn stash, and all of the things I own.

Sam: What inspires you?

Alyssa: That's a really hard question....with knitting I've just never been able to do it just because of the pattern reading. When I see the diagrams it doesn't fit with the way my mind works. I've never been able to do it. My boyfriend's mom tried to teach me how to knit and I couldn't pick it up. But for weaving I don't necessarily need a pattern. I just do what I want. Once I find my "style", ugh I hate that term, but once I find what I love to make I just have to focus on that. I don't have to look at anything else. I just make.

Sam: Do you see the finished piece in your head as you are working or do you feel it out as you go?

Alyssa: I think I kind of feel it out. I start by picking out the colors that I want to use and I lay them out on my desk and I'll look at it. Then I'll lay out the foundation which always starts with the leaves and the greenery and I go from there. But a lot of the time I have a piece that I start and when I get about half way through I realize that I don't like it so I'll go back and unweave a lot of it. So I don't know. There's really no rhyme or reason to it.

Sam: Do you work on multiple pieces at a time?

Alyssa: Yeah, which is why I own about twenty three looms or something crazy. I just keep buying more!

Sam: (laughing) That is crazy!

Alyssa: Yeah, I know (laughing), but I have the room for it now, so...

Sam: That's true you mentioned that you have a new studio space now... I guess I have to ask but you obviously don't work on all twenty three looms at the same time right?

Alyssa: No, I just keep them in the corner and I go back to them at different points.

Sam: It must be nice to have the option.

Alyssa: Yeah. I'm not selling yet. I'm hoping to open the shop soon, but I think that I've been really taking my time. There are always different philosophies. Some people say "once you make something you like just sell it, why not?" But weaving is still relatively new to me and I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing in preparation for that. It gives me more freedom to unweave and weave again and just kind of create what I want to make.

Sam: So you must have a decent stash of projects at this point.

Alyssa: Oh my God, it's insane! Well, actually you know how at the end of the year when everyone posts their top twelve projects? I realized that I'd only made nine.. I'd only finished nine.

Sam: Really!

Alyssa: Really it was eight. I couldn't even fill all of the tiles for the post. I had eight. So that was kind of an eye opener for me in terms of getting a project to a point where they are actually on a dowel and off the loom. So I think that from that point I've probably doubled what I've made. But they've all been smaller.
Sam: So how long does it take you to make one?

Alyssa: Umm, a long time. I think it would be different if I was just focused on one and just doing it. But I'll take a Saturday and I'll watch a movie and then I'll watch a movie, play a video game, I'll go eat. If I actually sat down and wove the entire time it would probably only take me three - four hours. But I'm not as focused on it. I work full time so it's in my leisure time that I do this.

"Food and yarn is all that I spend my money on"

Sam: What do you do?

Alyssa: I'm the account manager at an event venue.

Sam: So you get to use both parts of your brain.
Alyssa: Yeah, I guess so. It's a small company so our team is only about four people plus accounting. I handle all the sales and I do most of the marketing.

Sam: That must be really helpful to have marketing experience when it comes to your work.

Alyssa: I guess so.

Sam: Or do you feel like you don't really use that skill for your creative practice?

Alyssa: I have no idea what I'm doing. I always felt like small business marketing is kind of different and I've always had a problem advocating for myself.

I went to school for photography and I actually do photography on the side.

Sam: Well, that makes sense. All of the photos that I've seen of your work are so beautiful.

Alyssa: Are they? I went to school for photojournalism. The reason why I moved to New Jersey was to work at a newspaper there. My background is mostly in events, people, and sports. I shoot mostly politics and things like that. So still life and things that don't move I have no idea. I'm like let me slap it on a white background with some light and that's all I do. That's about the extent of what I can do. In my feed that's all you're going to see. Something on my desk or against the wall. That's it. I'm not good at staging. When you have a plant...

Sam: or a little coffee cup...

Alyssa: Yes! That's hard for me. I'll stick a skein of yarn next to it. I try to make sure that everything is sharp and bright. But that's the extent of my expertise.

I work full time and then I have a side gig where I'm on retainer for a real estate developer in Jersey City (NJ). I shoot their events. I spend so much time hustling. I mean it's New York City so I'm working tons of jobs and in my down time I weave.

Sam. So it really is your relaxation.

Alyssa: Yeah, I love it. So that's kind of where it comes from. An Instagram friend was asking me where I find the funds to buy yarn. I don't spend money on anything else. Food and yarn is all that I spend my money on.

Sam: Food and yarn. What more do you need???

Alyssa: I thrift all of my clothing. I literally don't spend money on anything else.

Sam: But that's the thing, it can be such an expensive hobby.

Alyssa: Oh my gosh it's ridiculous! I'm also coming out of a year of trying to figure out what I like. So I have a lot of yarn that I bought when I first started. Because I didn't know anything about it. But after awhile I was able to educate myself a little more and get to know what works for best for my work.

Sam: What yarns do you like to use now?

Alyssa: Mostly natural fibers. I use a lot of wool, cotton, and silk. I also really like using ribbon.

Sam: Do you think that's more so because of the way it will look in the finished piece or because of the way it feels in your hands when you are working with it?

Alyssa: I think it's because of the way it feels. I do like that it's not as shiny as acrylic. But mostly it’s about the way it feels.

Sam: How long did you take to experiment and figure out what worked for you?

Alyssa: Probably three - four months. In the beginning I was really just practicing. My first looms are terrible. They are barely held together and hanging in my closet right now. I really don't know what to do with them

Sam: What were some of the mistakes that you made early on?

Alyssa: I don't know if there are very many mistakes that can really happen in weaving as long as everything stays together. As long as it doesn't fall apart when you take it off the loom it's successful. I just don't think that visually they were what I wanted.

Sam: Is anyone else in your family super crafty?

Alyssa: Umm, no. My sister who actually lives in the city is very creative, but in a different way. She's more business minded than I am. But in terms of my parents no. Like my mom actually used to knit clothing for my sister, but that's just because they were dirt ass poor. They needed to. My parents immigrated here from Korea so it was kind of a necessity. My dad draws a little bit.

They ran a convenience store my whole life. So I don't think anything in terms of craftiness came from them. But they support me in whatever I decide to do. I went to school for photography and they were totally fine with that. I went to a PRIVATE school for photography and they were fine with that. They're awesome. I think there's a stereotype of Asian parents. But my sister studied fashion design and then she moved into fashion/business and they were like "whatever makes you happy". It's awesome. They are great.

Sam: I love that. I had one left brain parent and one right brain parent, so I got a little taste of both worlds growing up.

Alyssa: My mom will ask me what I'm doing and I'm like I'm weaving and she totally supports it. I don't think that they really know what that means. There's a Korean word for macrame knot work. So she just imagines me hunched over and straining my eyes. She doesn't like that part of it.

Sam: You're like "Don't worry, I use very large yarn".

Alyssa: (laughing) Yeah! I say "hey people are interested in my work. They like it" and she's like “why don't you write the next Harry Potter Book?" (laughing)

Sam: It's not that easy mom! If only!

Alyssa: Exactly! If only I could write the next Harry Potter! My parents are great.

Sam: So this is kind of jumping around, but what made you decide to use looms that are different shapes than your traditional square loom? I noticed that you have some that are fan shaped.

Alyssa: So that was just a shaped loom that I bought and experimented with. For a loom you just need something that will hold your warp taught. That's all you really need. There are some really talented makers on Instagram who sell looms for weavings that will just stay on the loom. So the shape I was working on was just laser cut with holes. Then you just string it up and that's it. Those don't come off of the loom when you're done.

Sam: It's something that you just don't see.... well it's something that I haven't seen. I'm saying that as though just because I haven't seen it that means it doesn't exist anywhere.

Alyssa: I do feel like I have to respect the history of weaving and the fact that a lot of different cultures engaged in it. For example, in Korea they wove with a specific sort of thread and I'm really interested in discovering more about that. But in terms of my own work I feel like I need to educate myself a little bit more.

Sam: Well, you're still super new to all of this.

Alyssa: That's true too.

Sam: You're just beginning to dip your toe into this weaving world and you're already steps ahead of a lot of other people so I wouldn't be so hard on yourself. You definitely seem like you’ve been putting in the work.

Alyssa: Clearly this takes up all my free time. At work on Friday my boss asked me what are you doing this weekend. I'm like I don't know. People don't really ask me anymore.

Sam: You just need a shirt that says "Weaving" and then you can just point to it.

Alyssa: Exactly! Yarn shopping or weaving.

Sam: Do you mostly get your yarn from yarn shops in the city or do you feel comfortable sourcing online now that you know a little more about what you want?

Alyssa: I source mostly online. I get a lot of packages in the mail. But I like Purl Soho a lot so I go there. I think that's the only one in New York that I've been to and that's a shame, but I lived in New Jersey! I only came into New York, because I work here. I'm going to try harder now that I’ve moved to really take advantage of the fact that I'm living in this city.

Sam: Were there any weavers who kind of inspired you when you were first getting into this? Or maybe right before you decided to make the jump into weaving?

Alyssa: Well, I think Instagram really opened it up for me. I'm an addict. Even just by scrolling through the tags you can see that there are so many people who are doing the work to really teach people. Teaching doesn't come naturally to me. But there are so many people who are putting up classes and really want to share their wealth of knowledge.

Sam: Did you mainly learn to weave through Youtube videos?

Alyssa: I went through Youtube just trying to consume all of the information that's out there and then I paid for classes. I paid for beginners weaving where they'll show you how to do certain knots.

Sam: Where can people find those classes?

Alyssa: There's a woman who runs Hello Hydrangea, her name's Lindsey, and she does all these classes. Usually through her classes she'll do a sampler and then you'll weave along with her. But I was more interested in learning how to do loops. So I would purchase the whole class just to learn how to do the loop part.

Sam: So you would purchase the whole package just for the one knot?

Alyssa: Yeah! My work is mostly three different knots that I repeat in different ways over and over again. I was actually talking with Lindsey and she was like "I didn't know that you purchased my classes" and I was like "no I've purchased ALL of them". One, I really like supporting female artists and two, it's just more knowledge. She does this monthly series where she releases a weaving every month and you can learn how to make it. I'm just a curious person so I'm definitely subscribed.

Sam: Would you say that you are more inspired by texture or color?

Alyssa: My work is inherently textural, so I would say color and the color palette.

Sam: Oh, ok. I was expecting you to say texture.

Alyssa: I start with colors. Otherwise it would be chaos. I stare at my stash. Then I'll find a color palette that I really like and I'll make eight weavings out of it until a skein runs out.

Sam: How would you describe your yarn stash?

Alyssa: Abundant. (laughing) Unnecessarily abundant. I think that's a symptom of my personality. We Are Knitters had a color that I love. I use their olive yarn and they were out for months. So as soon as it came back I bought about seven skeins. I was like "this is never running out again!". So now I just have a bag of seven olive skeins and they're huge! But obviously texture is a big part of my work too. I work mostly with single ply and that's been hard to find. I looked when I went to Vogue and I realized that those events really do focus more on knitters.

"It's chaos, but there's a method to my madness"

Sam: How do you organize your yarn?

Alyssa: I don't.

Sam: So how do you find anything?

Alyssa: It's kind of by brand, I guess. I have shelves and plastic bins.

Sam: When you're starting a project you go through all of the bins?

Alyssa: Well I have a bin of the We Are Knitters pencil roving. But I really do know where everything is. There are really only seven brands that I purchase from. All of my purl soho is in the corner.

Sam: I guess everyone has a map to their own yarn stash.

Alyssa: It's chaos, but there's a method to my madness. I know where everything is, but if someone else were to look at it they'd be like "yo".

I think that most people organize by color, but my stash does not look like that.

Sam: Yeah, that's what I kind of assumed when you said that you're inspired by color.

(Alyssa pulled out her phone and showed me an image of her yarn stash at this point)

Sam: Wow, I would have no clue where everything is.

Alyssa: I know. It's crazy! That's not even half of it. But it makes sense to me. (laughing)

Sam: So that looks like it takes up a full wall.

Alyssa: Yeah.The room itself isn't big. I have a corner with all of my photography stuff and then there are spools of cotton rope sitting on top of it slowly taking it over... I know. It's so bad. Then I have the desk that I'm working on... which looks like this.

(She pulls up another image from her workspace of her desk)

Sam: Oh My Gosh!

Alyssa: (laughing) I know it's chaos! It's just piles of yarn all around me. And this is just snippets.

Sam: WOW, there's SOO much!

Alyssa: It's... it's terrible, but amazing. It's my favorite thing.

So when it was winter, because I work a 9am-5pm, when I left it'd be dark and when I came home it'd be dark. So I would walk into the room on the weekends and it would feel like the heavens opened up, because the sun would be shining in. It's such a different feeling making art in the daylight.

Sam: Do you weave at the end of the work day?

Alyssa: Sometimes, I wake up early before work to weave and sometimes I do it at night. Other times I would just say fuck it and do it on the weekends. It's really about how I was feeling. That's why when I think about opening up my work to sales and commissions there's a level of accountability that comes with that. So if someone has bought my work I have to prioritize that. That's why I think it's taken me such a long time to move toward that. I still don't really know if I'm ready for that. But I finally got to the point when I felt like I just need to do it. So we'll see.

"I have to keep saying it's worth it, I'm worth it. With all of the energy and time that you spend on something. There's value in that. I'm still working on figuring out what that value is"

Sam: It's definitely a struggle. You're using your work as a release so it must feel weird to then pass it on to someone else.

Alyssa: I still can't believe that someone wants to put something I made into their home, and give me money for it. Even for my photography. It was only after years of doing it professionally that I felt brave enough to charge more for it. Or even charge what I think it’s worth. I think that's hard to do. I don't know if it's because women are told to.... Or if there's an element of that...

Sam: One hundred percent! That's definitely a big part of that feeling.

Alyssa: But I have to keep saying it's worth it, I'm worth it. With all of the energy and time that you spend on something. There's value in that. I'm still working on figuring out what that value is.

Sam: That little voice that pops into my head as I'm working on something is so critical.

Alyssa: I'm constantly asking "is it worth it?

I think there's another fear in that too. So you have this thing that someone loves and that they want but then you have to package it and ship it. I don't want anything to get fucked up along the way either. I want them to have the moment when they open it when they say “yeah, it was worth the money”. If I could hand deliver everything I would. That would be so much easier than packaging something up and just sending it off.

Sam: It's so easy to let the fear of what could go wrong control you.

Alyssa: Yeah, and it's definitely a situation where I have the privilege of being able to funnel funds into my hobby without feeling crazy guilty. Or feeling like I need to recoup that money. Which I do. But I'm lucky enough to not feel that pressure. It's not like I'm choosing not to eat instead. So there's privilege in the 2.5 jobs that I work. So when I make something I don't feel like I HAVE to sell it so that I can buy more materials. I've been treating everything like an investment so far. To get me to this point when I can start selling.

The urgency hasn't been there until recently. It's been a year, so I guess I should and I want to. I want people to be able to enjoy my work and have it out there. I don't know what I'm doing...

Sam: No one does. (laughing) I don't know what I'm doing. It's so easy to look at someone else and think that they have it all figured out. Especially with social media it’s so easy to think that others really have it together. But no! They're just as confused as you are. Everyone's just trying to figure it out.

Alyssa: Exactly.

Sam: It's a journey. I don't know if there's an easier way to get through it.

Alyssa: I just have to start man. I can't let myself get totally held back by this fear. And then I think about my parents who immigrated here, didn't know shit, and started their own business! I gotta just do it.

Sam: Yeah, and know that you aren't making it up. That fear can be paralyzing.

Alyssa: It's crazy. I've been like "oh, next month". I think I gave myself until the end of the year originally.

Sam The end of 2018?

Alyssa: Yeah 2018. It's gotten to the point where I need to stop lying to people and just give myself a deadline and fucking stick to it.

Sam: Yes, and lying to yourself.

Alyssa: Exactly! I'll just learn along the way and deal with whatever happens. Hopefully people are happy.

Sam: They definitely will be. I think that the voice that's in your head is a lot harsher than the voices coming from everyone else.

Alyssa: People have been so sweet! It's been humbling and eye opening.

Sam: So when you put your work out there initially were you thinking that eventually you would turn it into a business? Or were you just curious what people's reactions would be to what you had been working on?

Alyssa: I would say that the weaving community, especially on Instagram, is just so loving and everyone's so supportive. It's a nice place to be in. I just wanted to share what I was working on. I had been exploring with the floral techniques kind of on the down low. I would work on it for a couple of weeks and then I'd do something else. Then when I finally "debuted" the finished piece, which sounds terrible...

Sam: No, it doesn't!

Alyssa: The verbiage is just ick. But anyways the feedback was good. I really enjoyed sharing it. It's just something that I work so hard on for so long. It took me a long time to figure out how I wanted it to look compared to how I had imagined it. You have this idea of what you hope it will turn into. But my first weavings didn't get there.

Sam: You were saying that the weaving community has been really welcoming?

Alyssa: Super welcoming. Mostly women, from all around the world.

Sam: It's so great that Instagram makes it so easy to connect with people.

Alyssa: No, it's beautiful. Especially since in real life I spend 90% of my time with my boyfriend. I have one friend from college and one friend from work that I'm comfortable hitting up for lunch. I have a lot of acquaintances and people I'm friendly with. If we see each other it's great. But I'm not going to hit them up for lunch without feeling like "they don't really want to hear from me". So it's so nice to have a community of people online that I can just talk to at any time. I've made plenty of friends through the platform, and I feel like if I went to Seattle I would be able to reach out to someone to grab a coffee and they would be totally cool with it. It would feel like we already knew each other and I think that's beautiful.

Sam: I think that's really beautiful... But I also think you're too hard on yourself.

Alyssa: (laughing) Every time people ask me to do an interview I think it's going to sound terrible.

Sam: No, it's not. I think that this is what people need to hear, because I read so many polished interviews and I walk away feeling bad about the reality of where I'm at compared to a person who might not be 100% authentic.

Alyssa: Also, I don't want to say that my work doesn't have depth. I know that there are other weavers who have full artist statements. I'm just making things that I enjoy and that make me happy.

Sam: We were talking a little before the interview started about our thoughts on the issues surrounding diversity in the yarn community. Do you want to get into that a little bit?

Alyssa: Well, I was saying that one of the things that made me really angry with the whole conversation around diversity in the yarn community that actually came up a lot was that people were saying they thought politics should stay out of the weaving & yarn communities. Art has always been political and I think that there's power in art.

Sam: I think it's such a privileged statement to say that this community shouldn't be political. Or that there's no reason for this conversation to be in the yarn community. There's no separation for many of us. It must be wonderful to have the privilege to only deal with these issues when it's comfortable. But for a good portion of the yarn community it's our everyday lives and we can't just turn off our lives to make someone else comfortable.

Alyssa: I unfollowed someone, because they said that they don't see color. I think that's bull shit! I don't know.

Sam: The thing is you should see color. You should see it and it's beautiful. Everyone is different and unique. I've never understood that whole thing, because one, like you said, that's bullshit and two there's so much beauty in other cultures. See it. Don't ignore it.

Alyssa: Fortunately, I'm living in New York City and diversity is everything here. I grew up in Virginia and I was one of about five Asian kids to attend school there. I've never faced crazy racism as far as being called derogatory names or being fetishized.

But in terms of the weaving community it was really important to me to seek out creators of color. The yarn community is very white. There's a really popular subscription box, and I emailed them about this. They partner with a new maker every month. When you look at all of the makers, and mind you they have been doing this for about three years, they have only worked with about five WOC in that time. One of those women they worked with twice. There are more out there!

Sam: But that's the thing there are more out there and there's really no excuse at this point. It's like what we were talking about with social media. People are now putting their work out there and it's so accessible. So it's not even like you can say you didn't know where to look. Just open up Instagram and type in yarn. You'll find about twenty people in five swipes.

Alyssa: This sort of reckoning that's come for the yarn community is really interesting. I haven't been in it as long, but I think it's great and these conversations should be happening everywhere.

Sam: It's about time.

Alyssa: For sure!

Sam: Especially since the community has such a large portion of female identifying people in it. We should all be supporting each other.... end of statement. (laughing)

We got way off track there! Anyways, you were talking about making your items available for sale. So when are you going to be doing that?

Alyssa: My goal is April 30th, so in four days.

Sam: Oh my gosh! That's so exciting! This is going to come out after that so people can shop now! Are you putting everything up on your website?

Alyssa: Probably not. I'm like a procrastinator at heart. I need deadlines. If I do this and I put it out there then I can't let people down. I have to freak’n do it. Hopefully I'll have enough pieces.

Sam: So just one last question because this is Bobble Club House I have to ask you what do you enjoy binge watching or listening to while you craft?

Alyssa: Well, I’m a binge watcher at heart. I love podcasts. I listen to NPR and The New York Times, because they have the daily news shows. I listen to Terrible Things For Asking and Committed. I really like human interest and I listen to a lot of true crime.

Sam: Do you do My Favorite Murder? It’s my addiction.

Alyssa: No, I don’t. I’m like “just get to the murder!” They talk for like forty minutes! I tried, because my best friend loves them.

Sam: There are definitely two schools of thought. There are people like me who love them and enjoy the banter, and then there are others who just want to know about the crime.

Alyssa: I’m sorry! I tried. (laughing)

Sam: It’s ok I guess. (laughing)

Alyssa: And in terms of movies I watch everything. I like action a lot. I think it’s because when I was younger all of the movies that I would watch with my parents were big box office action films that they could understand. I’ve probably watched every single terrible space alien film on Netflix. I’m always constantly consuming when I’m crafting.

Sam: When you’re in a really good weaving flow what are you listening to or watching?

Alyssa: I am re-watching episodes of TV shows I really love. I’m re-watching certain episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. I’m watching World War Z over and over again, because it’s mindless. I’m re-watching Sherlock right now.

Sam: SO GOOD!

Alyssa: I’m just starting to feel like an adult. It hits me in these weird moment. I’m no longer trying to figure out how to stream movies. I actually bought Infinity War and now I just keep watching it over and over again. I’ve seen it like twelve times. I’m a hard core consumer of media for sure! (laughing)

Sam: Hard core consumer of media and yarn. (laughing)

Alyssa: Absolutely!


***Update: Alyssa was able to follow through with her goal of posting her online shop. It’s only been three weeks since we spoke and her shop is already more than half way sold out. So if you were eyeballing any of her work now is the time to shop! Plus, you get to support an extremely talented maker. You can follow her Instagram account @solipdiy for more photos of her weavings. Let me know in the comments what you think and if there are any makers you are hoping I’ll sit down with next!

Also, don't forget to follow along on my Instagram account @bobbleclubhouse for your daily dose of all things knitted and to stay up to date on our upcoming NYC events. Until next week, happy crafting!

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I once read or watched or heard on a podcast (sometimes it’s difficult for me to remember these things. I have such an active imagination that I can read an article and then a year later swear that I watched a documentary) and in it they said the Missoni household is covered in their famous zigzags. I have a vivid image, imagined or not, of all three generations in their living room. Their rugs, couch, blankets, pillows, and outfits are covered in the zigzags. I remember thinking that was how I would love to live my life. That your passion for what you love could be so great that it simply can’t be contained in one aspect of your life. It oozes out until your whole world is consumed by it. No one visits the Missoni home and wonders what they do for a living.

I was reminded of this vivid memory or daydream while I was flipping through the pages of London Kaye’s new book Crochet with London Kaye, Projects and Ideas To Yarn Bomb Your Life. This book is more than a how-to book. While it do…

A Ripple Effect

It’s not easy to find a pattern that is flattering on so many different body types. The Ripple Bralette by Jessie Mae Martinson has become ‘the sisterhood of the traveling pants’ of the knitting world. I’ve always felt a little left out when patterns like this become popular. Mostly because of my own self imposed limitations. After spending hours praying to grow boobs and repeating the Judy Bloom song “I must, I must, I must increase my bust”, my boobs came in with a vengeance at around the age of thirteen. Unfortunately, so did the feeling that certain outfits were no longer for me. I would look at tops in magazines or on the runway and think “that would be so cute on someone else”. I had to work really hard to get to a place where I accepted my body and even harder to get to a place where I love it. Honestly I thought that was a milestone that I had passed several years ago… until the Ripple Bralette.

It popped up randomly in my search feed. So did the negative inner dialogue that I …

Yarn & The City: #WhyIMake

Making has always been in my life even if I didn't always know that at the time. Recently LoveCrafts asked bloggers to tackle this seemingly simple question. Why do you make? It seemes like the perfect opportunity for me to open up a little more and tell you about my own crafting journey. My life can be mapped out in a series of handmade objects. Not all of them were made by myself. But they all formed who I am in one way or another. A quilt made for the underground railroad, a wedding gift from a stranger, a lumpy sweater, hand-dyed hanks, and crochet mandalas. One having little to do with the other except for the fact that they all made me the maker that I am today.

Behind The Stitches: Holly O'Rourke

“As with everything, finding balance is (and will always be) a WIP... I am working on compartmentalizing and focusing, in all areas of life.”