Meet the Knitters (Part Two)
It’s time to get to know us a little better! In this two part series, we will get to know the sisters behind the scenes at little seed knits!
Next up, Elaine!
Tell us about yourself….
Oh, HI! I am the older sister of Nicole (I’m on the left in the photo above) and I live in Pickering, Ontario with my husband Justin and our two cats, Max and Lily. (are we sensing a theme here?) By day, I work in the educational publishing industry as a data specialist, and by night you will find me binge-watching Netflix, knitting, and drinking tea – or sometimes wine when I’m feeling saucy. I love birds and am slowly decorating my house to have at least one bird somewhere in each room. I’m a big Toronto Blue Jays fan (hey! more birds!) and I am currently a somewhat reluctant participant in an NFL pool. I love music – I listen to an eclectic mix of alternative rock, Motown, and Chris Stapleton (google him, you won’t regret it!). I remember lyrics easily and can often sing all the words to a song after only hearing it once or twice. I love to sing while driving (right, Justin?). I’m also weirdly into jingles. Shall we move on? #butfirstcats
How long have you been knitting?
I’ve been knitting for about two years now. The great thing about knitting is that there are always new things to learn, and ways to improve – so I surely have a lifetime of knitting ahead of me.
What was your first project?
I think my first project was also a scarf. I was making it as a gift, and I was REALLY excited when the person was opening it – I could hardly sit still. And then I yelled “I made it!!!” when she started admiring it. So smooth.
Why did you decide to start knitting?
I decided to start knitting because my sister was doing it and she is super cool. I always liked being creative, but I enjoy the practicality of knitting – you actually end up with something you or someone else can use and enjoy. (As opposed to numerous angst-y charcoal drawings of some sad girl I drew in my twenties…)
What is your favourite thing to knit?
I’ve been knitting a lot of baby blankets lately, which I enjoy because I can memorize the simple pattern and just work on it without having to look anything up. Something like this is great for knitting while watching Netflix or a Blue Jays game. I’m also excited to be knitting some delightful Christmas ornaments for the upcoming craft show on December 2nd in Whitby (hint, hint).
What colour yarn do you always seem to buy?
I’m always going for the neutrals – grey, brown, beige. I also love a dark blue. I can’t resist a beautiful tweed.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you first started knitting?
That it would get easier. I tend to get easily frustrated if something isn’t working out the way it should, so it took me a while to get the hang of things and feel confident about what I was doing. I was constantly bugging Nicole to help me. I still struggle with more complex patterns, but I’m getting better all the time!
How many projects are you currently working on?
Two main projects – finishing up a baby blanket and working on Christmas ornaments. I’m also cheating on my craft show prep by working on a Christmas gift – sorry, Nicole!! This is actually unusual for me – I don’t typically like to have too many things on the go at once. I generally prefer to finish something before I start a new project.
What is the next project you’d like to attempt?
I’d like to improve my colour-working technique – I’ve seen some sweet little mittens I’d like to try (they have birds on them, naturally), but they involve intarsia knitting – so we’ll see!
When you’re not knitting, what’s your favourite thing to do?
Same as the sister – I always have a book on the go and sometimes it’s a tricky decision on a Saturday morning what I want to do the most – knit or read! It is usually decided by how gripping the current book is. I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction and speculative fiction lately – I get chills reading about the not-so-distant future – pandemics that wipe out most of mankind are really my jam these days.