Monday Makers preview: Rabbit Hole Knits
Every week we broadcast Monday Makers live on Facebook with a different theme or guest. This coming Monday we’re lucky enough to have the amazing Sara Elizabeth Kellner from Rabbit Hole Knits in the LoveKnitting HQ to share some of her great designs with us!
Rabbit Hole Knits is known for her fantastic collection of creative knits. Her patterns range from animals to dolls, and vegetables to Venus de Milo, all knit in her own unique style. Sara was kind enough to answer a few questions we had leading up to her Monday Makers appearance. You can watch the whole chat on Monday Feb 20th at 6pm GST, (1pm EST) on the LoveKnitting Facebook page.
– Hi Sara, how long have you been knitting, who taught you to knit, and how long have you been designing/selling patterns?
I first learned to knit when I was in the 4th grade. I begged my mother until she finally taught me. She wasn’t a knitter, but knew enough to teach me the garter stitch. We didn’t have any needles at home so she taught me and my brother on a pair of pencils! She’s left-handed, so maybe that’s why I still knit strangely (throwing the yarn with my left hand).
I knit constantly for about two years, but then put it down and didn’t pick it up again until I was in my forties. By that time YouTube was around to teach me how to purl and knit on dpns (double pointed needles). Designing my own patterns came a few years after that when I wanted to make animals, but didn’t care for most of the patterns I could find. Once I started I couldn’t stop! That was about 5-6 years ago.
– How do you come up with new ideas? Do you sketch them out before you knit them?
I get new ideas just about every day. Either from the animals I see around me when out walking, or characters I see in the books I read to my grandchildren. The problem is, I can’t get the patterns written down before another idea comes along. I often make sketches as a first step; sometimes I cut out pieces of paper like a sewing pattern and tape them together to see if my idea will work with knitted fabric.
Venus De Milo
– With so many great intricate animals, dolls, toys etc… you’re obviously quite a skilled knitter. Do you also knit things like garments or blankets, even if just for yourself?
I’m skilled at what I do (knitting in the round on dpns and simple increasing and decreasing – maybe short rows), but that’s it! I’m completely unskilled and definitely a beginner at any other type of knitting. I rarely make anything else because, honestly, I don’t want to take the time away from designing. I made a bunch of booties for my first granddaughter a few months ago. Some of the patterns were a bit hard for me, and all the while I kept getting more ideas for toy patterns, and I ended up not finishing my bootie challenge because I couldn’t wait to get back to designing. 🙂
– Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?
Yes, it’s my Goodnight Moon pattern, but please don’t tell any of my other toys or animals what I just wrote – I don’t want them to be hurt!
– If you could only have one “desert island” yarn, and one album to listen to while you knit, what would they be?
If I was stranded on a desert island I would want an unlimited supply of the cheapest and toughest acrylic yarn you could find. I would need it to fashion all sorts of necessary things – hammocks and floor mats and sandals, etc… maybe even a life raft. It would need to be tough to hold up to the weather and saltwater. And if I was stranded on a desert island I would need to relax and learn to be happy there. The Chet Baker Sings album would work well for that.
–Thanks Sara, can’t wait to hear more about your great work on Monday Makers!
Don’t forget to check out Facebook at 6pm GST on Monday Feb 20th!
Last updated: February 17th, 2017.