Knittin’ Little’s Andrea Sanchez was today’s guest on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.
Andrea says she learned to crochet about 15 years ago, she asked her mom to help her make an afghan. (Her mom gave her a look that said ‘Really?’ Such an involved project to begin with. She tried to learn to knit but failed the first attempt. Later she moved to the Midwest, her boss introduced her to Ravelry. In Ravelry she joined a swap and in the first package she received two skeins of Plymoth Baby Alpaca Grande and a scarf pattern. She forced herself that night to sit down and learn to knit. It was a big cable with seed stitch border… incredible for the first project!
Funny story: when she knitted her first socks she only knit the one and uses it for dusting. She did knit a pair for herself, but the dog found it. The dog has since gotten over adding her alterations to Andrea’s projects.
Andrea says that after a year of knitting, she began doing sample knitting for others. After her son was born, she began searching Ravelry for the perfect Christmas sweater, without success. She realized she knew how sweaters were made so she began to create the Little Fisher Sweater. She says that has been one of her most popular patterns, even though she was not hopeful it would be considered a success. Great lesson for a budding designer! Every year she has created a new garment for him.
Her first adult design was created for Dream in Color (possibly the Mariposa Tee) which she enjoyed and thought she could continue, so submitted a design to Interweave (Cynthia’s Cardigan). Since then she has published several patterns in magazines like I Like Knitting and Knit Now, while continuing to build her Ravelry Store. (In this, Andrea let it leak that she just finished a book, so please stay tuned to her links to hear more about this. Hopefully, she will have time a year from now to share that with us.)
Knittin’ Little (like Chicken Little) came after Petite Purls ended. Andrea says that there really isn’t a lot for kids being published, so she was sad to see it go. Andrea teaches kindergarden (and has been for 15 years) and taught preschool, with a Master’s Degree in Child Development. Knittin’ Little includes activities, books, knitting for kids. She also shares what she and her son do together, such as attending Maryland Sheep and Wool, she and her son put together a book about their experience using the pictures they took.
Andrea has compiled a Fall Collection 2015 that includes patterns from Elizabeth Green Musselman, Alana Dakos, Meg Roke, and Annie Rowden. Her blog includes a book club, because she says that her book purchases are second only to yarn purchases. So she always looks for books to share and welcomes ideas. Submissions are welcome for the collection, she looks for garments. ‘Modern’ and ‘timeless’ are what she hopes to add to her spring collection.
She is expecting her second baby, another boy. Listening to her though it sounds like Andrea is very organized about her projects and getting things done and put away. To try to keep up with Andrea Sanchez, she has two websites: the Knittin Little website, her blog at Life on Laffer, she has a designer page in Ravelry and a Group. She’s also in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you missed getting to hear this live, it is still available as an archive where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/11/10/knittin-littles-andrea-sanchez or in iTunes.