My first week at the Knitwhits studio has been an exciting experience. When I first arrived at the apartment complex that I would be living in I discovered that I was close to the “hood”. What a great way to start out a two month adventure 2500 miles away from home. I was concerned as to how I was going to know what was a good area to be in and what was not. Tina was a tremendous help by showing me around the city of Emeryville and explaining the in’s and out’s of the Bay area. She took me to a fantastic fabric store called Stone Mountain and we went to the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. Both of those places are a must see if anyone visits the Bay area. After the tour my nerves were much calmer and I knew I would be okay for the duration of my stay.
The most fascinating thing I learned so far is all the hard work that goes into making these kits. Tina does this all by herself, making sure each skein of yarn is spun to perfection and the right amounts are given in order to complete her kits. She is cautious and wants to make sure every customer is 100% satisfied with their finished product! She spends hours of her time perfecting her patterns. Several people will test them before she considers having them purchased by her customers. I am fascinated by how she comes up with her designs and how she converts them into patterns. She told me I could come up with a design of my own and then we can translate it into a pattern! Do not worry though it will not be one that we will try to market!
Tina came up with some projects for me to complete while I am here. One project that I have completed was the email list update. We also put together a Summer newsletter where I was able to introduce myself and tell where I came from. I had a great time learning how to put that newsletter together. In fact I was so excited I emailed it to my family for them to see. Soon to come is a “Pattern of the Week” newsletter sent out weekly, and I get to choose some of my favorite patterns to include in the email. This will highlight the pattern and tell a little story behind it.
The biggest project I am looking forward to is reorganizing the studio. With my label maker and organization skills in hand I am going to transform her studio. Take a look at some of the before pictures and stay tuned for the after.
ETA – Tina here: In my defence, I’ve put up some yarn pictures of nicely wound balls of yarn! My studio has it’s own familiar chaos, which is I think a family trait.. My father has the same “organized chaos” method in his own office and he too gets a bunch of grief from all of us as well.. think of it as an endearing quality..