He kai kei aku ringa
There is food at the end of my hands (Maori proverb)
(Spoken by a person who was able to use their abilities and resources, and transform them to create success).
Kia Ora! My name is Francoise, but feel free to call me Frenchie.
I am a Yarn Alchemist: I transform yarn into knitwear designs for Fibre Muses, like you, to enjoy and also teach others how to become Yarn Alchemists themselves! (I'm also a Mystic Fibre Muse!)
My mission is to evolve and grow, and right now, the way I do that is by helping my Fibre Muses, like you, dive deep into themselves to find their creativity and magic. As a result of working with me, you can transform you yarn into a piece of fiber art, as well as discover and benefit from the magical properties of knitting, in order to create a more meaningful experience.
There are several ways in which I do this. How you want me to serve you is based on your current journey. Read below about how I can help you transform your yarn!
Firstly, through designing knitwear patterns with your dreams and desires of what makes a meaningful knitting experience. You don't want just another pattern; you want an engaging, enriching and empowering knitting experience.
Secondly, I show you how to overcome your deepest fears, and lead you through the process of creating your own knitwear patterns, and kick-start your own design brand via my routine viral challenges, shawl construction e-book, and my signature e-course, SWATCH Studio.
Thirdly, I work closely with indie yarn makers all across the globe, as we collaborate on creating the best designs that have, at heart, the best interests of both our audiences.
The AROHA KNITS TEAM
Knit a Bit of Whimsy
Hey there, I'm Sarah, Frenchie's Virtual Assistant. I work on Aroha Knits' social media pages, email, field questions during challenges, and just generally help out wherever I can! I'm a Dreamer Fibre Muse!
I've also got my own little shop selling hand knit items, and with Frenchie's help and inspiration, I'm also starting to dabble in selling my designs. I love creating something out of nothing, so the process of knitting something beautiful with just a couple sticks and a ball of yarn speaks to my soul. This is also why I've started spinning my own yarn, which is incredibly satisfying.
On top of those incredibly awesome jobs, I'm married, and a mom to two little trouble makers. My daughter (7) likes to design hats and slippers for me to make, while my son just likes to tangle up the yarn (seriously. He'll take an end and wrap it all around chair and table legs throughout the house). If I have time after all that I love reading a good fantasy book, preferably with coffee or wine in hand :)
LIVE TO KNIT
I am a franchise copyeditor and tech editor (pattern editor). I edit Frenchie’s newsletters, along with her other written material. I also tech edit her patterns, looking for consistency, checking the directions against the charts, etc. I always look forward to seeing what Frenchie has written or designed, because like you, I learn so much from her! Frenchie is an amazing inspiration, and I feel very lucky to work with her.
I am a Fiber Muse—specifically a Seeker with some Mystic qualities. When I’m not editing/tech editing, I am immersed in knitting. I have a SABLE*, which I continue to add to, as I visit yarn shops. I knit every second I can, with shawls being my passion. I teach knitting at a local yarn shop, as well as teaching private lessons. I love introducing knitting to people who have never had an experience with this amazing craft. I have just started designing knit wear, with one of my first patterns having been accepted by Knotions (an online knitting magazine), for their March 2017 issue. My designing success is due to Frenchie’s design programs—Initiate Knit Design and SWATCH Studio.
When I’m not immersed in knitting, then I’m taking care of my pets—I’m a gigantic animal lover. One fun fact about me is that I have a couple of unusual pets: I own two adorable chinchillas! They are the cutest little guys, and even though they don’t like to be held (they are a rescue pair and I got them at an older age), they give me love my snuzzling my nose with their noses. And when I can get a little touch in, they are incredibly soft! Their names are Stanley and Ollie, named after the old time comedy team of Laurel & Hardy (Stanley Laurel & Oliver Hardy).
*Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
"Spreading aroha" Initiative
At Aroha Knits, we believe in #spreadingaroha. Aroha is the Maori word for love, compassion, understanding, empathy and charity. We value community, collaboration, living authentically, speaking our truth and assuming positive intent. And anything and everything local, artisan and ethically-made. All sprinkled with a bit of "woo-woo" on top.
We are lead by these values in how we interact with you, our community and others at large and in every-day making decisions, big or small. Thus, starting December 2016, a portion of Aroha Knits pattern sales will be donated to one of these three organizations every month. Click on each link to learn more about each organization in depth. We believe in transparency so you can make fully formed decisions on whether or not you wish to support Aroha Knits as we will be supporting these organizations.
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Quick and friendly pattern support is a crucial part of Aroha Knits - your knitting experience is very important to me! So don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have in any of my patterns, big or small.
At Aroha Knits, we run routine KALs, challenges as well as do monthly giveaways for Patreon's of the Muse's Tower. If you wish to contribute to the Aroha Knits community, whether it's in the form of patterns, skeins of yarn, knitting notions, etc., in exchange, you'll get a highlight in my weekly newsletter, the Weekly Muse, as well as shoutouts on my social media outlets Instagram and Facebook, and a special promo spot in my Facebook Group, the Fibre Muse Sanctuary. I aim to reward such lovely support the best that I can! To learn more and view my statistics, click here to download the Media Kit PDF.
I am available for interviews, profiles and expert commentary and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some topics I can cover include:
- Knitwear Design
- Gaining a loyal audience and following on social media
- Kick-starting a hobby into a career