Have you ever known somebody that was such a gift you wanted others to know them too? Today I share Amy for that reason! And in the spirit of sharing, she shares a treat with You, so read on my friend!
Amy is known as KnittingAmyK on Ravelry. She assumes many roles: mom, wife and friend by day… designer, tech editor, knitting teacher, spinner and knitter by night. Whew! I caught up with her to as a few questions:
Whats makes you happy in knitting?
I love color. I love watching the colors emerge and play off of each other with harmony, even in the midst of contrast. And I love pairing them with a coordinating neutral (or not so neutral). Colors sing to me. And I love the melodies they make when paired with the perfect pattern.
What makes you happy apart from knitting?
My people. Not just my family (though they are sweet and funny and great) but my extended “family”. The wonderful people who are a part of my weekly Saturday Knit Night – those women are amazing. Different walks, different stories, different journeys and ages and educations and lives. But they aren’t afraid to tell it like it is and genuinely care for each other. I know, OUTSIDE of knitting, the question asked. . .but this group is so much more than knitting. It’s my weekly outing where I get to sit with real people I love, working with my hands, chatting about life and enjoying time where I can just be me. It doesn’t get much better than that.
What is something you have done for others in the past year that gives a sense of satisfaction?
I was a teacher before quitting to stay home with my kids, but I have the chance to be a part of the classroom by volunteering all day every Thursday at school with my son. It has been so fun to work with him and his classmates, getting to be a part of their education. But I also just adore getting to work with his teachers. I have done this since last year and know what a huge job it is to teach kids and keep them safe and meet them where they are at (so many different places). I love being able to do the simple yet time-consuming things so they can spend their time doing the important stuff. They think that I am helping them, but really, they are grounding me and giving me a chance to work with amazing and funny and special little people every week.
What are things you are excited about?
I am excited about my newest patterns, including my Broken Up Boot Cuffs, which you can find here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/broken-up-boot-cuffs . I love color. . .but I also love patterns that have fun textures that also work well with variegated yarns. These fun cuffs were born out of necessity, I had three pairs of boots with no color!!! And in order to give you all a chance to try a pattern, I will offer readers of Mel’s blog the chance to try one 25% off with the coupon code: MELROCKS good from now through December 10th (Pacific Time).I’m excited just to be a part of a great group of Independent Designers that are participating in the Indie Gift-Along 2014. If you choose any paid pattern from a participating designer and complete it (as a gift or for yourself) by December 31st, 2014 you can post and enter to win one of thousands of prizes. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/indie-design-gift-a-long It’s pretty fantastic to see what other people create. I love the creativity in this group – both the designers but also the knitters/crocheters. It’s fantastic to be a part of it all!
I am so thankful that Amy took time to share herself with us and how thoughtful of her to offer a discount on her lovely boot toppers! I think they might make a certain teenager under my roof quite happy Christmas morning! Be sure to share a mahalo with Amy in the comments below–and pass this post on to others! They receive a discount coupon and an introduction by way of the blog and You get entered in the monthly giveaway for a free pattern. >>>November’s winner was Teresa K!<<<