A firm favourite designer at The Knit Club has to be Tiny Owl Knits. Tiny Owl Knits patterns are designed by Stephanie Dosen, “an American singer who lives in the mountains with her unicorn, puffy cat & a hefty yarn stash riddled with gnomes.”
(Deer with Antlers Hat)
Recently, we were lucky enough to have a nice chat across the pond with Stephanie and talk all things knitty! Read on for her answers.
When and how did you learn to knit?
I took several stabs at knitting before it really stuck. I somehow managed to get a job at a yarn shop as a crochet teacher before I could even knit a stitch! The learning curve was pretty steep. I went from learning to knit one day, to helping people with their knitting problems the next. Thankfully there were dozens of amazing mama-owls at the shop that taught me so much every single day. I worked at the shop for 3 years and I refer to it now as “knitting college”. I got my degree in: “OOh I just made up this new thing; now I need to write down what I did so we can ALL make one!”
Are you more of a knitter or a crocheter?
I love mixing knitting and crochet. To me they are sisters. I do hesitate sometimes to put them both in patterns together because people often seem to like one or the other. If I’m making something just for myself it will generally have both arts together.
Who/what inspires your designs?
I get inspired by so many things. It could be some old fabric I find at a flea market or a squirrel spiralling through the trees. (I only say that because I’ve recently moved to Colorado and I’m obsessed with the color of the red squirrels here! Their coats are so perfectly amber and beautiful. I think I might be addicted to that color right now as my stash seems to be filling up with it!
Do you have a favourite Tiny Owl Knits design?
My favorites are the “meow mitts” and my new “spirit of the birch” cuff. Though I seem to wear the heck out of the “Oh my bear!” sweater every winter!
What do you hope people gain from knitting TinyOwlKnits patterns?
Whenever I see a pattern that I really want to make, I get outrageous butterflies in my stomach. I get so excited picking out the yarn and casting on! I hope that people get that same feeling when they see my patterns. But secondly and probably most importantly, I want people to have success with my patterns. I need to know that I can get them from “butterflies to finished object” with ease (and without tears!) Knitting can be frustrating when something is unclear. I understand that and try to write my patterns in a way that really clearly guides the knitter. Every knitter who sets out on a project is taking a risk! They are like a hobbit going on a journey and they need a good map! That’s my job. 🙂
Harry Potter, Little Women (1994), The Dark Crystal
Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls and Cocteau Twins. I am actually releasing a record soon with Simon Raymonde from Cocteau Twins. Our band is called “snowbird” and I’m really excited for it to come out!
Anything exciting in the knitting pipeline?
I’m heading back to England for the second photo shoot for my knitting book next month and also have lots of designs coming out. I need some more elves to help me knit! If anyone knows any elves please send them my way. I have lots of goldfish crackers and I’m happy to share. I also give good elf back-rubs. (small backs = easy.)
Describe your favourite knitting spot?
I have a ridiculously big puffy chair and I live in it. Um… I’m in it right now. 🙂
Do you have a little message for fans of your work?
Thank you!!!!! Thank you so much for knitting my patterns. I hope they bring you much joy and happiness and that you have success with every stitch! Lastly, don’t be afraid of your knitting. Making mistakes is just part of it. Be afraid of skydiving, but never ever be afraid of your knitting!
Check out our range of Tiny Owl Knits patterns here.