Meet the Smiles team
We have a team of expert knitters (and crocheters!) that are ready to answer your call. We’re going to ask them to answer their most frequently asked questions about techniques, yarn substitutions, patterns, and more. But first, meet the team!
Here at LoveKnitting HQ, our team of experts sits ready to answer your questions and help you out. They are an experienced bunch, and they are always making something new. Meet our experts!
Pauline was taught to knit at the age of 7. After her first pair of needles got broken she gave up for a for a while, and didn’t pick up a new set of needles until she started doing long bus journeys. The idea was if she was knitting, no-one would sit next to her. Since then, she’s hardly put her needles down. Knitting presents for others is her all time favourite thing – that, and any project that involves purple.
Louise has been knitting off and on for over 20 years and also crochets occasionally. Her first project was a purple 4 ply garter stitch scarf, which she got bored of early on so cast off and gave it to her cat to sleep on. Since then, she has continued to be far more excited about starting new projects than finishing them, and loves patterns with complicated cables or lace. She normally has at least four projects on the go, mostly in purple, and as Smiles’ resident vegan is always on the look out for exciting new yarns in cotton, linen and bamboo.
Natascha first learned when she was 8 or 9 years old, but starting knitting properly 23 years ago when her son was born. She loves old, quirky patterns and 3 or 4 ply yarns, an interesting construction is irresistible. She was born on the Isle of Sheppey, whose name is derived from the ancient Saxon “Sceapige“, meaning isle of sheep, and even today the extensive marshes which make up a considerable proportion of the island provide grazing for large flocks of sheep.
Julia loves crafts and everything to do with creativity! She mainly crochets but also knits and loves starting ambitious projects! She also enjoys cooking and baking and makes arguably the best carrot cake out there! She learned to crochet aged 7 and knitting aged 8 but didn’t take it up again until a few years ago. She usually knits for other people and likes altering her crochet patterns or doing some freestyle crochet. Blue and purple are her favourite colours and she likes to finish projects in one go (so thicker yarn is the preferred choice). Random fact: Although she is all crafts and social now she actually studied mechanical engineering (some years ago).
Let’s have your questions, knitters – what have you got on your mind? We’ll choose a few questions to feature in the next Smiles of the Month post. Ask your question in the comments below!
Last updated: August 7th, 2015.