1. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Jillian Padilla and I am originally from the Bronx, NYC. I moved to New Jersey in 2010 and have been here for about 8 years. My family is Puerto Rican and Cuban!
2. What is your craft? How long have you been crafting? And how did you learn?
I love knitting and crochet. I taught myself how to knit through YouTube as I was commuting from New Jersey to New York for work and had about one hour commute. I started with wonky scarves, hats that were too big, and eventually shawls when I received my first comfort shawl. I took a break from knitting but picked it back up when I learned about an organization called Wrapped in Love that knits and crochets comfort shawls. I realized crochet was much faster for shawls and asked my mom to teach me to crochet. I’ve been knitting for about 6 years and crocheting for about 2 years. I recently started getting into spinning fiber. I took a class at a local yarn shop and just purchased a spinning wheel for my birthday. I also took a dye class with Alex Creates and I hope to do more dyeing in the future.
3. What is your favorite project?
My favorite project is the Bamboo Summer Top by Nancy Ricci of Gettingpurlywithit. It was my first sweater project and I loved it so much I made one in blue and one in purple! Its knit bottom up and has just enough challenge to keep the project fun and entertaining. I would love to make a 3rd top soon!
4. Who is your crafting inspiration?
My crafting inspiration is Alex from Alex Creates and Christina from Chelsea Purls. I love everything they make and I love the vibrant and fun colors they choose for their yarns! Their energy is so positive and uplifting. I always feel inspired when I see what their making. I also love Sarah from PurpleAlpacaGreenGoat. She dyes fiber, spins, and even owns goats! I follow her on instagram and love watching her stories with the goats!
5. What advice would you give a fellow crafter who has just begun her crafting journey?
One of the most beautiful quotes I’ve read about knitting is similar to the life we live. Through the mistakes and imperfections, we can see our progress, learn from our mistakes, and see a project through its completion. Sometimes we have to rip back and start again. I love this analogy as with life we will make mistakes, move forward, learn, and sometimes we need to learn the hard way and try again. Knitting has become therapeutic for me and for a new crafter I would say be patient with yourself, explore and challenge yourself, and don’t compare yourself to other crafters. Everyone is on their own path. Be unique, network and learn from others, and be persistent. Sometimes life gets in the way of our goals, however for someone who truly wishes to improve with their craft, it is important to work on it a little each day.
6. How can we connect with you?
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Thank you for sharing Jillian!