Meet the Vendors: Stick Chick Knits, JaMpdx, and Textiles A Mano

Stick Chick Knits - Seattle, WA - scknits.com How did you get into this business? What is your favorite part of your job? What inspires you? 

I started designing almost right after I learned to knit. I love to tinker with things and just kept modifying one project after another. After my Bliss Blanket was published my LYS asked me to work up a design for their Post Stitches West party with some Hazel Knits yarn and the rest took off from there. I love swatching up new ideas and watching them turn in to real finished objects. It's interesting to see where they start vs where they end up. My inspirations come from all around me. I'm always watching what people are wearing and what's popping up in stores. Along with that I tend to interject a bit of practicality to my designs, I like to create things that are actually wearable.

What is your favorite of your products and why? What new products are you excited about for Fall 2012? What can't-miss thing will be at your booth?

Picking a favorite is tough, though the design I wear the most is Hermosa. I actually love it so much I'm knitting a new one to wear in another color. That said, I also really love Prickly. They're warm and squishy and are so much fun to knit. The stitch pattern is easy to remember and mixing and matching colors is also a lot of fun. I've got 6 new designs I'm rolling out between now and the show, so things are really busy here. Some of these will be stand alone patterns and others will be kits. I'd say our kits are really the can't miss item at the booth. We're going to be packed with lots of Hazel Knits and Zen Yarn Garden yarns to pair up with my patterns and Dancing Sheep's bags. If you need a quick pick me up our JANe Kits (Just Add Needles exclusives) are perfect. We're debuting a new kit and bringing some old favorites too.

What is your favorite type of customer?

I love all my customers, but I especially love the ones that take my designs and modify them. It's so interesting to see what people do with my patterns as a launching point!

Most useful knitting/crafting tip?

My tip, wash the swatch the same way you're going to wash the finished object before measuring gauge.

JaMpdx - Portland, OR - jampdx.etsy.com

How did you get into this business? What is your favorite part of your job? What inspires you?

We've been friends for over 20 years, and ceramic collaborators since 2004. Jenn makes the pieces on a potter's wheel and Meghan uses traditional cake decorating tools and techniques to embellish each piece. We started working together making pottery with cake decorations for fun, and decided to turn it into a small business when we both realized we enjoyed it too much to stop. We respect each other's abilities, and enjoy the feeling that we're creating something together which is better than what either could do alone. We take inspiration and support from each other--we have an unending supply of ideas!

What is your favorite of your products and why? What new products are you excited about for Fall 2012? What can't-miss thing will be at your booth?

Our yarn bowl is definitely our favorite product! We're both knitters, and we put a lot of thought into how we would want a yarn bowl to work. It has a lid to protect from cats, dogs, kids and from your yarn hopping out and rolling across the floor. It works for right-handed and left-handed knitters; with the yarn bowl on the floor, on a table, or right beside you on a couch; whether you have a caked or hand-balled skein; and holds both straight and circular needles. And because the cut-outs are in the lid, the bowl can be used as a regular bowl when you're not knitting. To top it off, our yarn bowl is so pretty, it will inspire you to knit more just to use it! We're excited to release a new line of porcelain shot glasses and pint glasses with knitting themes, and we're thrilled to be debuting them at Knit Fit! We've personally tested both designs: the shot glass holds a shot of espresso or liquor, and the pint glass is the real 20-ounce deal.

Most useful knitting/crafting tip?

When blocking, use a salad spinner to get as much extra moisture out of a finished piece of knitting after a good, long soak. The spinner protects delicate knits from stretching, and it speeds up drying time for everything from shawls to sweaters.

Textiles A Mano - Eugene, OR - textilesamano.com

How did you get into this business? What is your favorite part of your job? What inspires you?

Textiles A Mano owner, Laura Macagno-Shang, always wanted to paint and is inspired by how color appears in nature. She uses this inspiration to paint on the canvas that is yarn. Most of our yarns are named after cities in the world that the yarn evoked in Laura's mind; some are just whimsical. Our yarns are hand colored one skein at a time to create a once-in-a-lifetime effect.

What is your favorite of your products and why? What new products are you excited about for Fall 2012? What can’t-miss thing will be at your booth?

One-of-a-kind yarns, fibers, and embellishments will be the showcase of our booth. Textiles A Mano carries hand-made buttons by Crone Art, made by women for women - these are wearable art. Don't miss our hand-colored yarns and hand-crafted fiber batts! Our batts are very unique and are fabulous for spinning. We have great prices for top quality products.

What is your favorite type of customer?

We love customers who enjoy beautiful, scrumptious, highest quality yarns & fibers, and anyone who loves to have fun.

Most useful knitting/crafting tip?

Swatch, swatch, swatch! Gauge, gauge, gauge. :) Don't hate me for it.

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