Designer Christine Marie Chen was the guest on The Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird today. Christine was a guest at Marly Bird’s Designer Dinner and responded to an invitation to all the lovely attendees to share what’s new with them on the show.
Christine is a mostly self-taught knitter; she started with crochet as a child specifically granny squares. As an adult after her son was born, she went to a local library for a free class, to learn knit & purl to work up a scarf. She continued to use the library’s resources to learn more about knitting through books. Eventually she wandered into a Local Yarn Store who was recently without a teacher and offered to help.
Inspired by other designers she did commission work for, especially Lorna Miser (who will be a guest on the Yarn Thing podcast very soon). She began designing herself by approaching yarn companies and asking if they had in-house designers or were looking for designers. She was turned away by some and some approached her before she got to them. Lorna recommended ‘Love of Knitting’, and Christine designed ‘Tangled Vines Hat’.
Christine says her love of knitting gives her the ability to knit with a wide range of yarn including a new company that is starting up in her area, so no one has worked with it yet, and Christine will help them develop pattern support.
Christine hopes to continue on this as a lifelong occupation, with books added into the mix. You can follow Christine’s blog at her website, her designs listed on Ravelry. She has a Mystery Knit Along (MKAL) you can find HERE (Ravelry Link).
If you missed getting to hear this live, you may catch the archived episode at this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/07/30/designer-christine-marie-chen or in iTunes.
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