But before we start the interview....
In addition, I'm going to give away a copy of one of their books. Leave a comment, get your friends to leave comments, by 11:59pm EST, Sunday, Nov 25th, 2012 and one lucky winner (selected by random number generator) will receive the e-book of their choice from Tin Can Knits. Don't forget to either leave your Ravelry name or check back on Monday to see if you've won!
How did Tin Can Knits get started?
We met while we were both working at our local yarn shop - Urban Yarns in Vancouver. A year, two moves, and some crazy ideas later Alexa and I decided to put together our first book: 9 Months of Knitting. Alexa was pregnant, so baby projects were on her mind!
The division of labour at Tin Can Knits happened organically; essentially we try to play to our strengths. Alexa and I both bring very different things to the partnership. I am trained as an architect, and so I come from a background of design, layout, and producing detailed documentation for construction... not that far off of the requirements for pattern design and technical editing, so I take the lead on that side of things. Alexa is avid photographer, and has a great eye for colour and a great sense of what will be desirable in a knitting project. She is trained as a teacher, and has taught knitting for years, so she always has great ideas for projects that would work well for beginners and people learning new techniques.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Do you have a favorite knitting technique, either personally or that you like to feature in your designs?
|Photo courtesy of Alexa Ludeman|
One of the unique things about your designs is the tremendous range of sizes, from infant to adult plus sizes. What was the thinking behind that?
Are there any designers in the knitting world who inspire you?
What have you learned since you've published your first pattern?
What we are getting better and better at is taking an idea from concept through to completion in a structured way. When we wrote 9 Months of Knitting, we didn't have a grand vision of how the collection would be styled, and it just came together organically. With Pacific Knits we developed a clear idea of style and the contents the book needed to have early on. Great White North was imagined / styled / and a pattern list created all at once, so it has a very cohesive aesthetic.
What are your goals for Tin Can Knits? How do you define success for TCK?
Tell me about your collection of patterns. I understand you have a new book of patterns out for the holidays.
The second (and my most beloved) is Pacific Knits (2012), which is packed with designs that I personally love to death and nostalgia-inspiring photography of my homeland. I just think it is a great example of our best work. Interestingly enough, Alexa delivered her second baby, late, about 24 hours after Pacific Knits went to print! I felt really guilty asking her to edit and take more last-minute photos when she was past her due date... but I did ask!
We have just launched our third collection as an ebook : Great White North (2012), and is has some really adorable gift knits inspired by the holiday season.
|Photo courtesy of Alexa Ludeman|
Do you have a favorite pattern in the collection? If so, what is it about that pattern that attracts you to it?
Thanks to Emily of TCK for taking the time to chat with me. Now it's time for me to find the perfect yarn to cast on for Drift!