This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to this awesome knitter, who can’t fail to inspire you when you’re casting on!
Hello there! Can you tell us all a little bit about yourself?
Hi! My name’s Jess and I’m a knitwear designer living in Bristol. I create knitting tutorials and patterns for my website, Jessica Joy, and was lucky enough to have a book of patterns, called Knitting Smitten, published last year.
When did you start knitting?
I started knitting in 2008 after feeling an urge to learn a new crafty skill – long hours in a corporate office will do that to you! So, I taught myself to knit using YouTube, blogs and every book I could get my hands on. I quickly became engrossed in construction techniques and designing – the idea of shaping and creating my own accessories and garments fascinated me, and I began self-publishing my creations.
What do you love about knitting?
I really love the rhythm of knitting. The slow weaving motion is so therapeutic and meditative – I do my best thinking with needles in hand! I also love how malleable it is, there are so many clever ways to achieve the same result, depending on your knitting style.
Can you share any top knitting tips?
I’m forever substituting knitting tools for household objects when I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve found kirby grips make fantastic stitch holders, and cable needles. Paper clips also make great stitch markers – and they’re removable too! Use them to mark rows as you’re knitting to make counting easier.
When you’re not knitting, what do you like to do?
These days I’m not often far from my needles, but on those rare occasions, I’m probably sitting in a coffee shop with a pot of tea and my sketchbook, or out for a sunny stroll around the city.
Thank so much for stopping by, Jess! It’s been fab hearing about your world of knitting!