It's been a while since I've updated you all on current happens at Aroha Knits, and I've delayed this piece of news for SO long, so hopefully the wait is worth it. Today I'm presenting a featurette from one of the Aroha Knits partners, Maggie from Assorted Musings. She's a knitter and designer from Austin Texas (my hometown) who sells FOs of her knits on Etsy. She's a licensed seller of my Aura Stole, so once you've read through this interview, why don't you hop by her Etsy shop to take a peak at it? That said, onto the featurette!
Tell us a little about yourself...
I live in Austin, Texas and I am a former teacher who had to leave the classroom due to chronic pain. While I was temporarily out of work, I returned to my passion of knitting and began a new passion for designing! My teaching background influences the way I write patterns; I like to make sure my patterns are easy to follow for beginners, as well as challenging for seasoned knitters!
What does your shop focus on selling/making?
I like to focus on fashionable yet functional pieces, and writing patterns that are clear and concise for beginning knitters. I also love recycling yarn to use for projects and to add to my shop for others!
What do you hope to spread and share through your products/designs?
I hope to encourage others to learn to knit, to try new projects that are challenging for them, and to I hope to teach others techniques that will broaden their knitting style. Sometimes my designs come with tutorials made specifically for the pattern, so newer knitters can feel confident in trying new techniques.
How did you get into knitting?
It was about a decade ago when I literally dreamt that I was knitting. I had learned as a young child from my grandmother and aunt, but had never fully immersed myself in it as an adult. After my dream I went out and bought a knitting book as well as some yarn, and I taught myself to knit! Over the years I have also taught myself to knit Continental as well as English style, and I taught myself how to crochet. It's a passion of mine to also teach others!
What advice do you have for beginner knitters?
Don't compare yourself to others. After almost a decade, I also feel inadequate when looking at others' work! It's important to remember that everyone is on their own journey, both in knitting and in life, and that you bring something unique to all of your projects. I would also suggest joining a knitting group, either online or in person, as knitters are some of the kindest and most supportive people I've ever met!