BTS-SERIES PART 4: PURLMORE

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Happy end of April folks, ahh I can already feel the summer! In today’s post we’ll get to know Lisa from Purlmore a little better, she is such a sweet girl and aside from our passion to knitting we’re also deeply in love with coffee and all things Finnish (yaaass girl). Seeing her colorful pics on my feed always makes me extremely happy and her beanie skills are to die for. Keep on reading to find out more about Lisa’s sweet personality and click your way straight to her Instagram from the pictures!

THE BASICS

Name: Lisa
Home town: Vienna
Instagram: Purlmore
Describe your business in a few words: No business (yet), just a very passionate knitter who may be turning it into a business eventually (not in the next yrs though, I’m a busy student).

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10 QUESTIONS

1. What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
– I was all about Christina Aguilera! Until I hit my teenage years and took a turn into Indie Alley.

2. What were you like in high school?
– My friends had called me the “reasonable” one (we were quite a crazy bunch, so at least one of us had to be), I did like to get good grades and help out others. Looking back I also went out a lot in my last two years of school. I was quite a party, hitting the dance floor kinda girl back then. Oh, how times have changed!

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 listen to radio, so a song doesn’t get ruined for me… I can basically listen to the same song for months until I’m done with it, but that also means that it easily happens that I have no clue about current music or I hear a song for the first time when everyone else is already sick of it.

4. What’s your favorite cereal brand?
– Verival, awesome Austrian (and healthy!) cereal

5. What life advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
– You’re doing great! Just don’t let the next four years in the new school bother you so much, you won’t remember them anyway. And your current best friend you think you’re about to lose because of it: Don’t worry, you’ll still be close in 17 years time!

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6. If knitting/crocheting didn’t exist what would be your go-to hobby?
– Pole Dance, just because that’s the second hobby I have. But if I had to choose something I’m not doing at the moment, I think I really would go into drawing maps. It may sound a bit odd, but I really love drawing maps of all kind. From simple “How to get from A to B” to “Funky Map of Europe”. I just really love maps!

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 tend to finish what I cast on, but recently there have been projects showing up unplanned and now I’m sitting in between 3-4 WIPs. Also this year I started doing pattern testing, and those are always spontaneous which I completely love about them.

8. If you could only use one yarn for the rest of your life what would that yarn be and why?
– Oh this is a difficult one, I haven’t tested out a lot of different brands yet. But so far I’d probably stick with The Fibre Company. I don’t like working with acrylic yarn and appreciate high quality natural fibres.

9. What are your tips for taking good pictures of your knits?
– Google Search is the source of any of my knowledge! I’m still far away where I want to be with my pictures and I’m still figuring out “my thing” but at the moment I kinda just go with it and do my best. But there’s two things I can recommend:

First: if you can, plan ahead! I have a very limited amount of time with good lighting in my apartment, so I usually take loads of pictures at once and then spread them over a few days. Meaning, I don’t “worry” everyday what to post and what pictures to take and get annoyed with crappy lighting. Yes, it does kinda take out the spontaneous part, but you’ll see, it gives you so much more mind space to think about your knitting
Second: Be proud of what you post. Don’t just put out content because you feel like you have to. If you feel stuck and without an idea what to post, look back at previous shots you’ve taken. You’d be surprised on how a picture you didn’t like at first, all of sudden sparks interest again (for this one I actually have to give credit to Melissa from @woodsandwool) ️

10. What has been the biggest and proudest moment of your maker journey so far?
– Getting to know other makers. I usually knit at home or on the train, so it doesn’t really support me in being social, but this account helped me a lot. I was part of a project with Tanisha from @aboundlesssea, I got to meet Ali from @fordexplorerknits and show her a bit of my city, I’ve had hugely inspirational chats with Anja from @peonyandthyme, getting my lazy self kicked of the sofa by Meagan from @b.r.crochet and get my exercises in, being crazy knitting ladies who also have a thing for science with Sara from @whatsaraknits and being asked to be on this blog is just another thing for me to truly feel honoured. I have met so many amazingly talented, strong, kind and inspirational human beings in this “knitstagram world” and being part of this community gives me an amazing feeling of being inspired and supported. For this I am so grateful!

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5 FAVORITES

Favorite thing about your home town?
– Its honesty. Vienna is a beautiful city with friendly people. But they are not shy in showing their opinions (mostly in a sarcastic and slightly passive aggressive way ). It’s based on giving and receiving, if you’re polite, they’ll be polite. If you’re a pain in the ass, they will let you know that you are (often in the most hilarious passive aggressive way, oh I truly love this city’s humor). Be respectful and you have the most amazing time here!

Favorite food?
– This list could be long, but it’s pretty much anything my husband cooks (kitchen is his territory), from something completely new we both haven’t tried before to never-getting-boring-comfort-food. But the best comfort food is bread. Simple, home-baked bread. It is amazing how only water, flour and a bit of salt can create something so delicious.

Favorite person or people?
– My husband. He is my person, my best friend. The person who makes me wanna be the best version of myself and who loves me even when I’m at my worst. Six years ago he put my life into teamplayer mode and I am grateful for this every single day.

All time favorite knitting or crochet project?
– Hats, but I have enough now. So I need something new! Maybe mittens to go with all of my hats? No, seriously. I don’t really have a to go to project (yet). I am a full-time student and knit what I feel like knitting or what my wardrobe lacks (currently a gold-yellow summer sweater is in the making).

Favorite holiday memory?
As a child: Finland. Two times. Kuusamo in winter (-30℃ and dog sledging over frozen lakes) and Helsinki in late summer (surprisingly warm +15℃ and pure sunshine while walking around Suomenlinna).
As an adult:
Road trip through Germany. This does not sound exciting at all, but driving over 3500km and hitting 23 cities in 13 days while sleeping in the car definitely does! It was a cheap way of testing ourselves on our road-trip-compatibility and now we can plan even better and greater trips once we are able to take the time off again.

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BTS-SERIER PART 3: LAURENMYCHELLE

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Hi guys, it’s time for the third part of the series! In today’s post, we’ll get to know Lauren who is the sweetest and most wonderful girl you can imagine! Her Instagram is a constant source of inspiration and her photography skills are out of this world – seriously, her feed is one of the most beautiful ones around. I could’ve chosen all of her pictures for this post but for the sake of the reading experience, I decided not to. So keep on reading and click your way to her Instagram through the pics!

THE BASICS

Name: Lauren Tran
Home town: Westminster, CA
Instagram: Laurenmychelle
Website/Etsy: Click here to Etsy Shop!
Describe your business in a few words: Cozy and casual handmade knitwear.

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10 QUESTIONS

1. What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
– Anything NSYNC or Backstreet Boys! There are so many songs I love, though, so it’s too difficult to pick!

2. What were you like in high school?
– I was super shy and introverted! I was also pretty academically-focused and only joined sports (tennis) for a few weeks because my parents made me. My AP classes stressed me out too much. I was still bubbly and had lots of friends, but social interaction always tired (and still does!) me out. I was so passive and always avoided confrontation! I think I was such a dork. It didn’t help that I lugged around a huge guitar case for my music class!

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 often hate the songs that I listen to obsessively. I just lose the interest. Usually, I just move onto another song or genre for a while!

4. What’s your favorite cereal brand?
– Kellogg! I love cereal so much, but I hardly ever eat it for breakfast… I eat it basically any time that isn’t in the morning!

5. What life advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
– Don’t be so quiet!!! Stand up for what is right and don’t ever dumb yourself down for anyone’s friendship.

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6. If knitting/crocheting didn’t exist what would be your go-to hobby?
– Baking/cooking would be what I would do instead! I’ve always had a passion for food. Although… reading has always been my first love. I think if I wanted a hobby that involved more movement on my part, it would be baking and cooking. Reading would be more of a soothing and restful hobby.

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?
– Oh, boy. I have tons of unfinished knitting/crocheting projects! I always resolve to finish the ones that have deadlines approaching first, but I always seem to start another one… If I’m super stressed, I’ll usually knit/crochet monogamously until that deadline passes and then return to my plethora of projects. I love being able to have variety and to change things up. Sometimes working with a certain weight of yarn gets boring for me! It’s nice to have some quick projects and some with lighter-weight yarn.

8. If you could only use one yarn for the rest of your life what would that yarn be and why?
– This must be the hardest question ever!! It was super hard deciding… It might have to be Crazy Sexy Wool by Wool and the Gang because it’s just so squishy, unbelievably soft, and so luxurious-feeling! I love big and quick knits.

9. What are your tips for taking good pictures of your knits?
– Always have natural lighting! I take my pictures right underneath a window. I usually take a few on the weekends so I can post throughout the week, since I normally don’t get home before it gets dark. I love white backgrounds, so I always take them on my blanket. I also try not to filter my pictures too much because I find that it takes away from the quality.

10. What has been the biggest and proudest moment of your maker journey so far?
– My biggest and proudest moment of my maker journey must be actually opening up my etsy shop. It took months of debating back and forth, as well as a lot of preparation for the grand opening. It seemed, at the time, a culmination of all my efforts. Opening up an etsy really led me outside of my comfort zone! I had no idea how to run a small business, let alone even deliberating about actually opening one. When my shop went live, it was the best feeling. A tangible piece of evidence showing this is how far I’ve come.

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5 FAVORITES

Favorite thing about your home town?
– Nearby lots of yummy food places and the beach! It’s not too far from anything that I want to do, and I really do take that for granted most of the time!

Favorite food?
– Pasta is probably my favorite because they’re so versatile! They are such a comfort food for me. I love pasta in soups, sauces, stir-fried, etc… the possibilities are endless!

Favorite person or people?
– My boyfriend is my favorite person because he makes me feel so loved and awesome. He never invalidates my feelings, always is super supportive of whatever I’m doing, and is my moral support and crutch. He’s also the one who encouraged me to open my etsy! He’s my person.

All time favorite knitting or crochet project?
– The Calla Cowl I designed for Darn Good Yarn because it was the first big designed piece I’ve ever made AND written a pattern for! It’s going to always be special because it really showed me that maybe I don’t suck at writing patterns. I also loved being able to design it however I liked, adding lots of aspects just on a whim and just because I wanted to add them.

Favorite holiday memory?
– Thanksgiving. My uncle always made it such a special event. It was him from whom we created all of our Thanksgiving traditions. Even though he is no longer with us, I’ll always remember feeling so wonderful and full of love and thankful around this time of the year.

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BTS-SERIES PART 2: LADY JAY CROCHET

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Welcome to the second part of the series! This post will be all about the super talented Justyna from Lady Jay Crochet, who makes me want to grab (I mean buy…) a crochet hook and get crocheting, like, right now! Her Youtube channel also gives me life, especially the 3 part pompom tutorial that seriously helped me up my pompom game – if you haven’t seen the videos yet I strongly advice you do so, asap! I love her use of colors and I’m absolutely obsessed with all the fair isle beanies she knits up. Keep on scrolling down to get to know Justyna better and find your way straight to her Instagram by clicking the pictures!

THE BASICS

Name: Justyna Srock
Home town: Pillager, Minnesota
Instagram: LadyJayCrochet
Website/shop: Click here to Etsy Shop!
Describe your business in a few words: Modern cozy makes but also keeping idle hands busy but also hobby to keep mama sane!

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10 QUESTIONS

1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
– Honestly, not a huge music person! I actually had to google 90s hits LOL. But I enjoy Enya and Michael Jackon, and they released music in the 90s I think?

2. What were you like in high school?
– An emotional teenage girl! HAHA but I did enjoy learning, I was involved in sports, and was social to an extent. Goodness this question gave me some major flash-backs!

3. How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?
– Weeks! I usually listen to a song or songs I enjoy over and ovverrrr until I decide I can’t stand it and move on.

4. What’s your favorite cereal brand?
I don’t think I have a favorite brand. I am more of a straight-up granola type!

5. What life advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
– Wash your face and don’t worry about boys or shaving your legs. 

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6. If knitting/crocheting didn’t exist, what would be your go-to hobby?
– That is a sad concept! I would definitely run more, which is what I did more of before crocheting and knitting (and kids).

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 am definitely not a monogamous project person! I constantly have a few in progress at all times. 

8. If you could only use one yarn for the rest of your life what would that yarn be and why?
– No fair!! I have too many favorites! But I CAN narrow it down into two ;). Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick and Vanna’s Choice. 

9. What are your tips for taking good pictures of your knits?
– First of all, don’t worry about what everyone else is doing for their background/flatlays/modeled photos. Don’t try to copy, find what YOU like visually and go for it! Find the place in your home that provides the most soft-natural lighting and snap a few photos. For editing, I just use the features that are available on Instagram! And I have also found that I prefer using my phone over my camera for convenience. Again, do what works for you!

10. What has been the biggest and proudest moment of your maker journey so far?
– There are so many ways to answer this question! I don’t really have one answer. I just feel blessed whenever I receive an order, someone leaves a positive review, or someone reaches out to me to compliment my work!

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5 FAVORITES

Favorite thing about your home town?
– Sporting events because those were my fondest memories of the actual town part. 

Favorite food?
– Hardest question EVERRRR. I enjoy lots of different types of food, but I would have to say pizza because you can do so much with pizza. Classic pizza, veggie pizza, breakfast pizza, BBQ pizza, desert pizza, etc. 🙂

Favorite person or people?
– My husband, he is my best friend!

All time favorite knitting or crochet project?
– So far, my new design the ‘Wearable Blanket Cardi’ has been my favorite! I wear it every day and it worked up so quickly that I didn’t get bored while making it.

 Favorite holiday memory?
– Each year for family Christmas gifts, my mom would take my two younger brothers and I to the dollar store so us kids could get each other gifts. We would have so much fun shopping for each other and then wrapping our gifts when we got home. We would always open these presents on Christmas Eve. Definitely a tradition I want to start with my own kids when they are older!

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