Drop Dead Easy Knits with Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan and Kirsten Kapur made for lots of fun on today’s Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird, like we can have at knit night, exploring great knits together.
The three ladies took turns with sharing their background. Mary Lou Egan began with her story in fiber. She said she began as a child ‘nothing exciting’ but wasn’t until her boyfriend asked her for a Dr Who Scarf (!) and ‘it was all downhill from there’. She began teaching at the Yarnery about 15 years ago, but couldn’t find
patterns she wanted to teach with. Plus, knowing what folks wanted to learn, and what the supplies the shop had to offer, she began to do a little designing…. Kirsten Kapur says she has no recollection of learning to knit, but came from a creative family ‘We just made things,’ she says. Afterschool, she worked in the fashion industry which grew into designing fabric. Her experience grew into the the the knitwear designing she does today. Like Kirsten, Gale Zucker says her family was also creative. Her grandmother had a dry goods store and taught knitting on the sidewalk. The clicking of the needles was the soundtrack of her childhood as everyone knit. She could knit, but not until college did she knit seriously, even as she began her career as a photographer and photo journalist she never combined the two. It wasn’t until online blogs became a thing that she turned her focus in sharing her photography skills with the industry.
The three ladies worked together at a knitting retreat and shared a cabin when the idea came to them that a book of patterns that could be worked on while knitting in a group, but were also stylish and gorgeous. Drop Dead Easy Knit is that book, and it’s divided into chapters with themes. Cold Hands, Warm Heart is one such chapter, of patterns that you’ll want to knit on chilly evenings, including the Glama Wrap. Another chapter focused on traveling, simple pieces can be done while stressing about connections, including Idlewyld Socks, were designed while on a plane. Ideas kinda sorted themselves out in a natural division of labor, and the use of spreadsheets kept them on track as they don’t live near each other. Also they were focused on being yarn-store friendly, in that the yarns needed to be available to it’s readers, plus a section at the back gives various suggestions.
Gale’s photography of the various pieces focused on natural lifestyle. With thought to a ‘day in the life’ borrowed a friends home, wardrobe that worked naturally. We let the ladies share each other designs from the book. Mary Lou began with Gale’s Portillo Cowl,
which she’s created two of already. She says living in the Dakota’s, it’s a comfy warm cowl so desirable. Kirsten offered Mary Lou’s Sidekick Hat which is in the Drinking Buddies chapter, is a simple stranded-knit hat that friends could share the yarn skeins and each have a hat with a different result. Gale says Kirsten loves the Short Beach Shawl that was included in the No Sheep at the Short chapter, with it’s easily memorable pattern and FRINGE. Gale says it’s also easy to change up.
Other patterns were contributed by various friends. The ladies of Mason-Dixon Knitting, contributed a variation of the Log Cabin Quilt-style afghan, Star-Eyed Julep throw. There’s a little Bear in a Bunny Suit from Susan B Anderson (you’ll say ‘Of Course’ when you see it). The Headford Hat from Theresa Gaffey is shown in several colors which means it was completely repeatable like we want.
If you missed getting to hear this LIVE it is still available where it aired originally as an archived episode http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/11/15/drop-dead-easy-knits-with-gale-zucke
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