BTS-SERIES PART 7: SWOOLIFY

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Hello folks, I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of this little series! Today’s part will be all about the sweet and talented Heini from Swoolify whose Instagram feed is filled with amazing neutrals and her home is incredibly cozy and full of Scandinavian vibes! She’s also Finnish like me and it’s wonderful to follow the journey of another maker from your own country (this is a special feeling because I don’t think we’re THAT many hehe). She’s so kind and creative and I always love seeing her beautiful pictures! So keep on scrolling to find out more about her and click the pictures to get straight to her Instagram!

THE BASICS

Name: Heini
Home town: Espoo, Finland
Instagram: Swoolify
Describe your business in a few words: Cozy, chunky, simple, neutral colored and Nordic-inspired handcraft designs from the Northern part of the world. Opening my Etsy shop later this year!

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10 QUESTIONS

1. What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
– So difficult to pick just one! I don’t know the favorite but all Backstreet Boys’ songs and Shania Twain’s!

2. What were you like in high school?
– I was very social and always had some projects going on. I still am but now I just love being at home if I’m not at work! Hygge mode on!

3. How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?
– A few days of non-stop playing! But I still never hate any song.

4. What’s your favorite cereal brand?
– Probably Weetos (because chocolate best) even though I haven’t eaten those for years haha.

5. What life advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
– Hmm, I would probably say that you will have an awesome life ahead! Also stop being afraid of doing round off back handspring (gymnasts will know).

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6. If knitting/crocheting didn’t exist what would be your go-to hobby?
– I love interior design as well, so maybe that! And gymnastics.

7. Do you have a lot of unfinished knitting/crocheting projects or do you always finish what you’re doing before starting a new one?
– I wonder how many agrees with the last one? I get excited very easily about new projects (especially when it comes to knitting) and I have to start doing it immediately. But I still finish most of my own projects eventually. This is why I need thick yarn and needles that knit fast so I’m ready with the project quickly…

8. If you could only use one yarn for the rest of your life what would that yarn be and why?
– This is savage! Right now, probably Adlibris merino soft and quick! I love the colors (perfect tweed and oatmeal), thickness and the price (!!!) Drops Andes or Drops Nepal as close seconds because of the softness of alpaca (LOVE) and they knit up so beautifully!

9. What are your tips for taking good pictures of your knits?
– 1. Natural light. 2. Knits should “interact” well with a background and props. Only a few different colors in a photo. 3. I prefer white/light color background so that the knit is on point! 4. Photo editing makes a lot! I use VSCO. 5. Not showing too much stuff in a photo + wipe off the lens! I am still learning!

10. What has been the biggest and proudest moment of your maker journey so far?
– 100 % I must say that each and every compliment about my knittings I’ve received. I really appreciate every one of them and it makes me so happy to hear those! ️In the future, I hope opening my own Etsy shop would make another proudest moment!

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5 FAVORITES

Favorite thing about your home town?
– There are many beaches, it’s peaceful and next to Helsinki. Oops I said three things!

Favorite food?
– Can I say chocolate? No? Then it would be sushi.

Favorite person or people?
– My boyfriend who is always there for me and supports me!

All time favorite knitting or crochet project?
– My chunky blanket because it was just so extreme and different. More to come!

Favorite holiday memory?
– Sunset in Cambodia. That magical moment required nothing more than a sandy couch on the beach, a drink and course my better half! The little things.

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BTS-SERIES PART 6: THE PETITE KNITTER

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Hello everyone, it’s already time for post number 6 in my little maker series! In today’s post we’ll get to know Weichien from The Petite Knitter whose beautiful fair isle products and patterns are to die for! Her creativity is just out of this world and her pictures are incredibly beautiful. So keep on reading to find out more about her and click your way straight to her Instagram through the pictures!

THE BASICS

Name: Weichien Chan
Home town: St.John’s, Newfoundland
Instagram: The Petite Knitter
Website/Etsy: Click here to Etsy shop!
Describe your business in a few words: A little side hustle that makes my day.

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10 QUESTIONS

1. What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
– Iris – Is that even from the 90s?

2. What were you like in high school?
– Awkward.

3. How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?
– I don’t usually overplay songs.

4. What’s your favorite cereal brand?
– Frosted Flakes.

5. What life advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
– Skip more classes.

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6. If knitting/crocheting didn’t exist what would be your go-to hobby?
– Napping, I love naps.

7. Do you have a lot of unfinished knitting/crocheting projects or do you always finish what you’re doing before starting a new one?
– I’m a take-one-project-at-a-time knitter.

8. If you could only use one yarn for the rest of your life what would that yarn be and why?
– Sandnes Garn. Too soft and too pretty.

9. What are your tips for taking good pictures of your knits?
– Always find the light.

10. What has been the biggest and proudest moment of your maker journey so far?
– My very first market.

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5 FAVORITES

Favorite thing about your home town?
– Small, quiet and peaceful.

Favorite food?
– Sushi. Why not?

Favorite person or people?
– I tend to avoid people.

All time favorite knitting or crochet project?
– Anything fair isle really.

Favorite holiday memory?
– Every trip is memorable in its own way.

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BTS-SERIES PART 5: ALABASTER PURL

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Hi again folks, and welcome to the fifth part of my little maker series! In today’s post we’re going to meet Laurel, the woman behind the ahhhmazing brand known as Alabaster Purl. Laurel is incredibly sweet, kind and talented, and I love how she’s not afraid to get real about things when it comes to social media and life in general. Also while reading her answers, I realized we’re a lot the same (like really, a LOT): I was a total choir nerd as well and would basically throw a massive tantrum if I got anything less than an A at school. She also had the sweetest story behind her favorite 90’s jam and I’m crying just a little over here. So keep on reading to find out more about Laurel and once again I’ve added direct links to her Instagram on the pictures!

THE BASICS

Name: Laurel Taylor
Home town: Homer, Alaska
Instagram: AlabasterPurl
Website/Etsy: Click here to Etsy shop!
Describe your business in a few words: cozy knits, winter warmth, handmade hygge

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10 QUESTIONS

1. What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
– For me, the 90s music is summarized with the Backstreet Boys. So cliche, I know. But listening to their music honestly became an escape. When I was little, my older sister went through radiation treatment for a brain tumor, and every day when we drove to the hospital for her treatment, we would put on “The Boys” and forget about our family chaos, even if just for a few songs.

2. What were you like in high school?
– I believe we are all very different between high school and adulthood. I am no exception. I feel like the core of who I am stayed the same, but back then I was much more outgoing, animated, and loud! I loved being in the spotlight (picture: a young, over the top  Leslie Knope). I think 29 year old Laurel would be annoyed by 16 year old Laurel. I was a social butterfly, an excellent student, the classic goody goody. Never skipped class, straight A’s, over achieving perfectionist (ok some things never change….).

I was a massive choir nerd. It was a huge part of my life my entire high school career. I went to as many honor choirs as I possibly could, and was in Swing Choir (honor choir) for two years. I was also chief editor of the yearbook, and adored any writing classes. Overall, it was a very non-traumatic time of my life.

3. How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?
– I’m going to summarize this with one word: Melanie.

My sister (Melanie) has ruined soooo many songs for me! She gets obsessed with one, and puts it on repeat….for hours. I remember walking into her room and begging her to change the song “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers. She wouldn’t. It’s been about 15 years, and I can finally listen to it again!

4. What’s your favorite cereal brand?
– Raisin Bran. Or lucky charms. This is a great peek into my life! I’m either a total health nut or completely lazy, horrible eater.

5. What life advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
This isn’t real life!! As previously stated, I was a perfectionist student. I stressed out about my grades so much. Anything below an A made me feel like a failure. And drama. I felt any drama so deeply, so personally. But none of it matters now!! 

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6. If knitting/crocheting didn’t exist what would be your go-to hobby?
– Repurposing furniture. My mom has always been a repurposing queen, and I love refinishing pieces and bringing them back to life. I wish I had more time for it!

7. Do you have a lot of unfinished knitting/crocheting projects or do you always finish what you’re doing before starting a new one?
Generally, I work on one piece at a time. Unless I’m knitting something with extremely tiny yarn….then I get bored and cast on something with chunky yarn. I love instant gratification, and big knits are so rewarding. 

8. If you could only use one yarn for the rest of your life what would that yarn be and why?
Oh goodness this is such a hard one for me, mostly because I haven’t knitted with a bunch of different yarns yet! Confession: I have yet to order yarn from We Are Knitters! It’s on my list. Don’t you fret. Ok but for now, I would say Scarfie yarn by Lion Brand. I adore how these work up with the braided cable beanie, pattern by Prem Knits. 

9. What are your tips for taking good pictures of your knits?
Use natural light! And don’t be afraid to set up/stage your photos. I used to snap the crappiest photos of my work, because I would take the photo as soon as it was finished, even if it was at 11pm (hello, darkness, my old friend). So be patient and wait for good lighting. 

10. What has been the biggest and proudest moment of your maker journey so far?
Every December, I have a booth at a market in my wonderful town of Hood River. I prepped literally all year for it, in between custom orders. I think I took 70-75 items this year, and sold every single hat. I only had 12 items left over, and was able to sell 10 of them on Etsy. I’m just absolutely floored by the support my group of friends and little town has shown me! 

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5 FAVORITES

Favorite thing about your home town?
– The ocean. I miss it every day. The sound. The smell. The salt. It’s part of my soul. I dream about it constantly. I could stare at the waves all day, it mesmerizes me, like looking into a fire.

Favorite food?
Once again, this is almost impossible for me! I. Love. Food. So much. Avocado toast, bacon and eggs is probably my favorite breakfast. Second breakfast? Yes please. A scone. Elevensies? Don’t mind if I do. 

Favorite person or people?
My husband. He inspires me daily with his creativity and drive. He has always been supportive of my knitting habits, and is my sweet photographer for my finished products when I’m modeling them. He loves me when I’m wearing my cranky pants, and makes me laugh so much. We are mutually weird and I’m so happy he’s my partner. 

My momma. She is my twin. No really. We have the same birthday. She is my source of creativity, taught me how to shop the sales, and how to be a straight up girl boss. She’s sweet and salty and I hope to be just like her when I grow up. 

All time favorite knitting or crochet project?
– Big knits are the most rewarding time wise, but I’m obsessed with cable knitting!!

Favorite holiday memory?
– Making cookies with my mom and sisters for Christmas! It doesn’t feel like Christmas until the baking happens. Specifically, ginger snap cookies.

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