Welcome! My name is Heather Joy. My passion for being creative began earlier than I can remember. I love all things involved with home decor, vintage, fabric, and paper. Through blogging, I hope to inspire you to craft.
On this snowy day in Portland, Darcy is stopping by to share with us more about the beautiful cowl she knitted! Darcy and I work together at Collage, and we bonded over blogs we both read and writing our own blogs. She is an amazing photographer and illustrator. Check out her pretty blog!
What is your favorite project that you've made and what inspired you to make it?
With this being my first winter in Portland, my most recent favorite project is the seed stitch cowl I knitted a few months ago. I’d seen a lot of chunky scarves around and really loved the idea of burrowing into a single article on walks outside.
With so many different yarns available, how did you pick the yarn out?
That was actually what I did before even choosing a project! There’s this amazing local yarn shop in NE Portland called Close Knit and I stumbled on this chunky, completely natural and organic wool. The skein was huge! and I knew I had to do something with it and wear immediately.
Did you follow a pattern or make it up yourself?
This was actually the very first pattern I attempted since first learning to knit a year ago. I’d always been so intimidated. I knew I wanted a chunky cowl and the pattern was actually free with the yarn purchase at Close Knit.
Did you love it on the first try? Or did it take a few attempts until you were happy with the result?
I absolutely loved it! It was my first time knitting in the round so I sort of prepared myself, but everything went smoothly and turned out with very few mistakes.
What do you love most about knitting?
I love how methodical it is. How you can get into a rhythm and forget you’re even knitting. Its actually a great road trip activity because it keeps me busy but doesn’t make me car sick like reading does.
What do people say about the cowl when they see it? I’ve had a handful of compliments on it, mostly people saying how they’ve been wanting to make something similar. I always get really excited and immediately refer them to Close Knit over non-local places.
Rate the difficulty level on a scale from one (total craft novice - super easy) to 5 (crafter extraordinaire required - very difficult)
I’d say about a 2. You definitely need to have the knit vs. purl skill down. Other than that, I learned to knit in the round that day, so its pretty much on a beginner level. Is there anything else you would to share about you favorite project? I’ve already started another one! Hah. Also, the chunkier the yarn, the better. :)
A new product and design is officially in my shop!
I'm really excited to share these with you. Here's the backstory: I have a necklace that is similar and I get complements on it constantly. I'm always asked where I got it or if I made it. To the first question: the business is no longer making them and to the second, no, but I could!
So I finally, decided to make one, and once I did I couldn't stop!
Check them out in my etsy shop and feel free to email me if you'd like a custom one.