1. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Angela Mayhoe and I’m based in Los Feliz, CA.
2. What is your craft? How long have you been crafting? And how did you learn?
I’m a knitter! I started knitting 10 years ago after a friend invited me to attend one of her knitting classes. She warned me that her knitting teacher was very direct and actually hated teaching, so the sooner I caught on the better. From the first moment I cast on my first stitch, I was hooked (insert crochet pun here). I did catch on fast and Helen agreed to continue sharing her knowledge and love of knitting with me. I still look to her for perfecting different techiniques and learning new stitches. I also used my previous knowlegde of clothing construction and started making my own patterns (I have a degree in Fashion Design – so I know how to construct clothing/pattermaking/draping) for knitting.
3. What is your favorite project?
I love long detailed projects when I’m knittting for myself. The process of creating, connecting and growing with a project adds value for me. Once I’m done, I feel this great sense of appreciation for my craft. For my business, I tend to stick with dk/worsted weights. I specialize in sweaters and outerwear.
4. Who is your crafting inspiration?
Becasue of my fashion background, I create inspiration boards and think in terms of collections. I get my inspiration from everywhere – my travels, art, music, food, etc. I do admire all of the crafters that I have meet through Instagram and art shows – it’s hard to pick just one.
5. What advice would you give a fellow knitwear designer who has just begun her crafting journey?
Explore all of the possibilites of knitting by trying everything and be persistent in your craft. Once I started knitting everyday, I began to get a rhythm and discovered my preferences. The beginning of a journey can be filled with uncertainity but you can create a space for yourself that offers support and kindness. Creativity takes courage and courage takes practice, passion and persistence.