The Yarn Alchemist Spotlight series on the Aroha Knits blog was started up by Ash Christine. She wanted to use the Aroha Knits platform as a way to shine a light on the hidden gems in the community and give them the opportunity to share their story.
1 - Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in knitting
Hey, y'all! I'm Kay, also known as The Crazy Sock Lady! First and foremost I am a Wife to my husband, Eric, and a Mother to our two sons, Austin and Wyatt. I was born and raised in West Virginia, but we currently call North Carolina home. We have been very blessed to live all over the US, for my husband's job.
My fiber story first began with crochet. My Granny, my dad’s mom, was always crocheting when I was a child. So, I dabbled a bit with crocheting, here and there, while growing up. I would make what, at the time, seemed like the world’s longest crochet chains. Then maybe I would eventually do a row or two of double crochet. A lot of blankets were started, none were finished. I didn't complete a project until after I got married, so almost 12 years ago, when I made a few baby blankets for friends who were pregnant at the time. I think it was about nine years ago that I taught myself to knit, from a Better Homes & Garden Book, and I immediately fell in love.
Over the years, knitting has become a significant passion in my life. If you see me at home, running errands, or at a sporting event for one of my boys and there aren’t knitting needles in my hands—you can rest assured they are not far from me!
2 - What type of Fibre Muse are you?
I am The Giver! Which is just SO true! I adore knitting for my family. Most of the items that I knit (or crochet) are items that will be gifted to family.
3 - As a post first-time Rhinebeck attendee, how would you describe the experience to someone who’s never been?
I would describe Rhinebeck in one word: Magical! Leading up to my first Rhinebeck I had so many thoughts about how I imagined it would be, and it completely surpassed all of those. For me, the best part was the feeling of community. Getting to meet so many wonderful people that I have interact with through social media was amazing, and it was indeed an "I have found my people" moment. I feel like knitters are absolutely the best people, and Rhinebeck took that to a whole other level, for me. And we can't forget the yarn! When you add all of that together, you have a very magical experience, unlike any other! If you ever have a chance to go—do it! You won't regret it, and it will be a weekend you will never forget.
4 - Where do you draw inspiration from in your designs?
My inspiration comes from all over. I may be inspired by something as simple as walking out of my back door and looking at the trees or falling leaves. Sometimes I will browse through stitch dictionaries and feel inspired. It can come from anywhere, and sometimes from somewhere, you wouldn't imagine! It is all about having your eyes open, and paying attention to the little things.
5 - What finished object are you most proud of?
The cardigan that I knit to wear to Rhinebeck! I knit the Old Romance Cardigan, by Joji Locatelli. It has a very different construction, unlike anything I have ever knit before, which made it fun and challenging. I am so pleased with the finished object, and have such a feeling of pride every time I put it on. Pride and awe, because I still can't believe I made it!
6 - What is your design process like?
I feel like my design process is still something that is evolving in many ways, and maybe it always will be. Typically it starts with an idea for a stitch pattern that I will then graph out with pencil and paper...always pencil and paper! I am pretty old fashioned in a lot of ways, one being that I still love the simpleness of sitting down with a pencil and putting my ideas onto paper.
Once I have a basic idea and have graphed it, it is all about putting that concept to yarn so I can see what will work, and what feels right. Many times it requires going back and starting again from scratch. It can be a good practice in patience. But when everything finally falls into place it is a beautiful and exciting moment!
7 - How do you see your work making an impact in the knitting and fiber community?
I hope that my work in the knitting and fiber community can spread a little love and will always leave others feeling inspired. Inspired to pick up some knitting needles and try to knit socks, or sweaters, or whatever it may be that has maybe seemed intimidating.
Left to right: Rhinebeck is Calling, Rhinebeck Roomies, Wyatt Socks, the Austin Socks
8 - What was the inspiration for starting your knitting podcast?
When I started my knitting podcast, my intent was to be more active in the knitting community. I feel like you would be hard-pressed to find another online community as amazing as the knitting community. Everyone is so kind, generous, and encouraging. I knew that I wanted to be a part of that, and spread the love that I have through my knitting. So, in September of 2016, I went for it, and The Crazy Sock Lady Podcast was born. It has been a wonderful experience that leaves me feeling blessed daily.
9 - What's in store for you for next year?
This next year will hold some new pattern releases. Of course some sock patterns, but hopefully some other items as well! I have felt so inspired since my trip to Rhinebeck, and I am just bursting with ideas of things I want to create. I just need to get all of my gift knitting done in time for Christmas, and then it is full steam ahead on new designs! I plan to continue hosting The Crazy Sock Lady Podcast, and to keep knitting as fast as my fingers will allow!
Where can we find you and your work?
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thecrazysocklady/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtzJ6l6pgniBj_GDDhN-BYw
Ravelry designs/shop: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/crazy-sock-lady-designs
To support Kay Litton, I'm going to gift a copy of one of the four sock designs (featured above in the interview) to a lucky winner! To enter you just need to leave a comment with which sock design you would love to knit (and perhaps what yarn you'll do it in!) along with your Rav ID and give Kay a follow on one of her social media platforms.
You have until December 17th, 11:59pm CST to enter! I'll pick and announce the winner right here <3