From about age 8 (if not earlier) knitting needles were part of my life. I remember my mother making slippers for the family or as gifts for friends and I had to learn how to make them, too. Soon, I became the primary "slipper-maker" in the family…..
Fifteen years later - after many scarves, slippers and personal designs - the desire to make a sweater reared is gorgeous head. Using scrap yarn and my imagination, I made my first sweater. Instructions? Never! I used my body as the dress form and made it up as I went. It was a simple design, yes, but I thought it was the cutest thing ever and I was immediately hooked.
Yarn, yarn, yarn! I bought tons of it (and still do) and every knitting magazine I could find from all of the local yarn shops in Southern California. I was such a frequent visitor and asked so many questions that the owners all knew my name. I was determined to learn how to make a sweater the correct way and then make my own designs.
At first, I followed the instructions to a “t”. Then, I remember selecting a neckline from one design and pairing it with the body of another design. Or, I’d pick my favorite shapes and then change the colors and stitches. Eventually, I never followed instructions again. I knew what I wanted to make, figured out what I needed to do to make it, and then I started knitting. That’s not to say that I didn’t have many false starts – even to this day I have false starts - but that’s what happens when you design a piece. I find that the pieces that start and take shape along the way end up being my most satisfying and most interesting creations.
After many years of people commenting that I should sell my sweaters, I’ve finally decided to make a go of it. ORIGI-KNITS is my brand. One-of-a-kind hand-knit classics for the original in you! I've had that name in my head for nearly 30 years! You won’t see yourself on every street or in every store when you wear an ORIGI-KNITS creation – and, of course, you’ll look good and have fun!
These designs are an expression of the way a particular yarn made me feel or what I envisioned it becoming. I just hope my point of view resonates with you so that you feel compelled to make one of these creations your own!
Made with originality, thoughtfulness, attention-to-detail, and quality, ORIGI-KNITS are created to make you feel ORIGINAL!
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