Happy Friday everybody! First things first, I want to let you all know that Knit York City is now on Youtube. I think it’s a little more accessible which means that I would love for you all to like the videos, leave comments, and subscribe to my channel!
It’s been a little while since I got to meet with the lovely Anna Hrachovec. When I started looking for designers to include in this series, I was delighted to find out that Anna and I live and work in the same city! I’ve been a big fan of her adorable toys for a while and I think they are just so unique! I love her photographs and her gifs always crack me up!
I hope you enjoy the third interview in the series! Without further ado, here’s Anna!
Big thank you to Anna for letting us into her workspace and pulling out all of her toys! (There was a lot of squee-ing, you can imagine.) Also, these videos could never happen without the support of my girl Ashley and my man Jon! Thank you both!
If you love Anna’s designs, you should check out the photo contest that’s happening over at her blog right now! The deadline for entries is December 3rd!
I’d love to hear what you think! Don’t forget to like and subscribe!
ps. I’ve been writing a lot about the Subway Knits Sandy raffle but I wanted to mention that all profits from the hand dyed Fable Fibers Etsy this month will go toward Sandy relief. The yarn is beautiful! You should definitely check out the shop!
Tags: Anna Hrachovec, crochet, design, designer, diy, gnomes, interview, Japanese, knit, knitting gif, KYC Presents, make, Mochimochi Land, pattern, snowmen, Super Scary Mochi Mochi, teeny tiny, tiny, toy
What a weekend! I’m still reeling. I took Jon and Ashley upstate to shoot at Rhinebeck and we had so much fun!
We spent all day filming the festival. And we were so busy, I see now, that I didn’t even take photos! But we do have some awesome video that will be coming up soon!
Much of the day was spent doing interviews but we did get in some time to pet furry animals. It was magical to meet so many people from Ravelry and overwhelming to see so much yarn in one place. I wish I’d had more time (and better cell reception!) so that I could have met with everyone. All in all, it was an amazing time. Next year I think I’ll have to split the fun between two days!
Stay tuned because there will be some Rhinebeck videos coming up.
Were you at Rhinebeck? What did you get? Did you pet any animals!?
I just got a delivery of my new business cards! I’m so excited! I feel like a real person! They’re entirely designed by me which makes it even more fun. I can’t wait to give them away. And I’ll get my chance soon because
I’M GOING TO RHINEBECK.
That’s right, this will be my first year at Rhinebeck! And if I don’t faint from a yarn overdose as soon as I get there, I will be shooting all day (I’ll try to stop myself from shopping the whole time but, I mean, it’ll be tough.) for KYC Presents. It’s been a while since the last video, I admit, but there are cool things happening including the promised interview with Anna at Mochi Mochi!
I’m going to be setting up some awesome interviews at Rhinebeck and I want to talk to YOU! That’s right! Since it’s my first time, I want to share the festival experience with people who can’t be there and I want to talk to anybody and everybody about what they’re buying, who’s designs they’re wearing, where they’ve come from, I want to hear it all. If you see me at Rhinebeck (we’ll be the ones with the cameras), come say hey and tell us about your Rhinebeck experience.
Anna was nice enough to pull out all of the toys she’s designed and let us pet her kitties and she even showed us how she puts together those adorable stop motion gifs that I’m so mesmerized by! (Seriously I watched the gnome hopping on mushrooms for about fifteen minutes.) I’ve been following Anna’s work for a long time and I just can’t get enough of the cute!
I am so ready to start cutting this interview! I’m also holding back from casting on some teeny tiny hamburgers for a certain somebody so that I can focus on editing! (Who am I kidding, it’s time to knit some Mochimochi!)
Have you knit any Mochimochi? Which gif is your favorite?
The time has finally come! I’ve had a hard time keeping up but the second short is finished! A lot of really wonderful knitters were involved in the finished short and I wanted to say here a huge thank you to all of you. It is so awesome to talk to people that love to knit and I find it so amazing that are willing to lend a hand on that basis alone.
My goal in this series is to really get knitters to meet, in a sense, the people behind their yarns, patterns, shops, etc. But I admit, my ulterior motive was to meet the people who’s work I’ve always admired and this was certainly true in this case. I’ve been a big fan of Ysolda’s since I started knitting and finally having a chat with her was just great. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Of course, big thanks to Jon for physically being there to make this short happen and to Andrew for the fab theme. Also to Ysolda’s assistant Sarah for setting us up! Enjoy!
First of all, thank you for all of the wonderful feedback on the first short! I’m a little overwhelmed by how well it was received and I am just so pleased that people are enjoying it! I got a lot of great comments over at the Roman Hills Ravelry group that are so exciting. So many of their fans are happy to meet the ladies behind the yarn and that’s exactly what I’d intended to do!
On the technical side of things (because I did go to film school and I’m breaking every one of my rules here), I only hope that the shorts will get better and better! I’m finding that we are running and gunning in noisy places more often than I’d like! That being said, I’m still happy with how everything’s going and it’s so cool meeting other knitters through my work.
I’ve been working on the second interview for the series and I couldn’t be more excited to announce that it features Ysolda Teague! Ysolda has been one of my favorite designers since I really got into knitting back in high school. Her Snow White sweater was the first sweater I ever knit. (But, as I told her, I used Lamb’s Pride Worsted which was so itchy and hot I only ever wore it once! I didn’t have a clue back then!) Ysolda’s work is so awesome and so extensive and I think can’t tell you how cool it was to meet with her.
She was just a lovely person and very enthusiastic about what she does. I was so lucky to catch her while she was in New York before she jetted off to TNNA! So I’ve been in the cutting room (which is not an actual place…I’ll just be sitting in front of the computer in my bedroom) all weekend.
On that note, I need your help! I’m looking for photos of completed Ishbel shawls to use in the video. I need as many as I can get and so far I’ve only got three. If you’d like your shawl to be featured in the interview, leave a comment or email me or tweet me or send me a message on Ravelry. You know what to do!
Want to hear a secret? A super secret? My super secret project is out!
I’m working on a new video series! And it’s all about my favorite thing! (Knitting, obviously!) I have been so pumped about the reception that The Burgerlution had that I wanted to do something similar with knitting.
I hope to use these shorts in order to introduce knitters to the people behind the designs, brands, and tools that we are so familiar with. And, I’ll be honest, I’m excited to have an excuse to meet more knitters and more people that are involved in the industry! My people! And, also, an excuse for gratuitous yarn porn. (You’re welcome.)
The ladies of Roman Hills were nice enough to meet with me for my first short. We hung out and chatted along with Amy of Threadpanda and had some mid-morning beers and talked about yarn. It was such a wonderful experience. This is just the first episode in what I hope will be an ongoing project.
Without further ado…
I have to give a huge thank you to everyone involved. My friend Andrew wrote a really cool piece of music for the series that is based on the rhythm of stitching. I love it. And my fantastically talented friend Ashley gave me some great advice when it came to editing. She has much more patience than I. Jon, as always, is a great partner when it comes to making movies. He is not only a great match in terms his skills but I am always grateful for how dedicated he is! And he figured out how to use Soundtrack Pro in about five minutes. He’s pretty great to have around.
Also, don’t forget to check out Roman Hills in the latest issue of Knitscene Magazine!
Let me know what you think! I can’t wait for my next interview (hint: it’s coming up this weekend and it’s with someone I’m incredibly excited to meet!) and I can’t wait to hear some feedback. What do you think? Who would you like to see next?
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