Meet Our November FiberFriend: Angela Mayhoe

1. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Angela Mayhoe and I’m based in Los Feliz, CA.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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