Our feature supplier this month is Geekdom Knits, I am so excited to introduce you to Vanessa. Not only is she a friend from High School, she is also one of the reason's that Thea-Bel got started. If you have read our About Us Page, you would know that the idea for Thea-Bel came about when I was out for a coffee visit with a friend, that friend happens to be none other than Vanessa. I sat down with Vanessa to ask her a few questions about knitting. I sure hope you enjoy learning more about her.
(Here is Vanessa dressed up for the Calgary Comic Expo. Check out the amazing Doctor Who Scarf that she knitted).
Vanessa and I met in High School, we were both in band (she played the french horn and I played flute) and we hung around with many of the same people. After High School we both ended up at the University of Calgary (she graduated with a Humanities Degree). After university she got a job in the oil and gas industry working as a procurement assistant.
What attracted you to Knitting?
My sister Natalie is a knitter and said that I should try it out. Eventually I did and have been knitting ever since.
How long have you been knitting?
Almost two years now, I started in January of 2015.
How do you decide what to create?
I tend to make whatever catches my attention. For example, I am a Doctor Who Fan and wanted a scarf. I found a pattern and then set about knitting myself one. To find patterns or inspiration for items that I really want to make I browse around on Ravelry. This is a great resource to check out what patterns are available and you can search by categories or by the materials you currently have. Sometimes I also take on projects based on a technique I really want to learn, I will find a project that uses it and then spend some time learning a new skill.
Any big plans for new items?
Right now I am working on some Christmas ornaments that will hopefully be available on Thea-Bel soon. After that I really want to make a shawl. I have some sock weight yarn and some small needles, hopefully the result will be a really professional looking shawl. I would also like to try my hand at making socks one of these days.
What do you hope people get from your items?
Joy! I also hope that people feel like the items I make are unique items that no one else has. Each item is a labour of love and not at all mass produced.
Do you have a favorite product that you have created?
That would probably be my Doctor Who Scarf. This wasn't a difficult project to do, just time consuming but the end result is really fun and the design is very iconic.
What prompted you to join Thea-Bel?
There are lots of reasons why I joined Thea-Bel. The big one at the moment is that I am one of the many people affected by the economic downturn and have found myself unemployed. Knitting has been an excellent way to pass the time as I look for a new job as it is addictive, a lot of fun and teaches me new skills. Thea-Bel is a great outlet for some of the projects I create as I try to master a technique and have the added bonus of resulting in cash that can fund future projects. I really enjoy finding people who love the items I create and have joy in owning them.
Is there anything else you want people to know?
Knitting is very easy to pick up, don't be alarmed by some of the lingo! It is a fun hobby that can be very relaxing.
Is there anywhere besides Thea-Bel that people can get your items?
No, just on Thea-Bel
Do you do custom work?
Yes, I am happy to take on custom projects. If you have a picture of something you want I can usually find a pattern and am happy to let you provide input so that the end result is something beautiful. [We recently did a blog post that showed off one of Vanessa's custom projects, you can see it here]
I really hope that you enjoyed learning more about Vanessa. Remember that all of Geekdom Knits items are currently 10% off (until October 31, 2016) so be sure to shop her great items before then. To get your discount please use coupon code "knits".