We are loving the current knitting trend in craft at the moment, and we're very excited to welcome knitting expert Nicky Epstein to QVC. She'll be joining Stephanie Weightman on the weekly craft show on Wednesday 10th October at 2pm.
We caught up with Nicky to chat about her brand new craft book, Knitting in Circles…
When and how did you get involved in knitting?
I began knitting when I was six years old, but I started doing it for a living after I won a McCall’s Magazine design contest, and the calls started coming in from knitwear magazines. And, thank goodness, the calls are still coming in! I’ve also now written more than 20 knit and crochet books.
Yes..I was asked by the same magazine publishers to do crochet designs, but knitting is still my first love.
What are your favourite designs and patterns from the new book?
As I’ve said before, that’s like asking which of my children I like the best! I think they are all special, but probably the Crystal Lace Jacket holds a place in my heart, and it makes me feel good to wear it.
What are your top five tips for keen knitters?
Knitting is a learned art, and with practice and personal creative experimentation you can turn it into a very rewarding experience.
1. Try to finish a project before moving on to the next one. There is nothing more frustrating than having half-finished pieces lying around. (Very few of us in the US have a hard time following).
2. Try to organise your yarn, needles, materials etc. so you can find things when you need them. This is a tip that I desperately need to follow myself.
3. Don’t be afraid to try projects that may look initially intimidating, you’ll be surprised how easy many techniques can be with the proper instructions (like in all of my books).
4. Most of all, have fun with your knitting and it will become creative and therapeutic. Knit what you will be proud of and happy with, to wear or give as a gift.
Make sure you tune into the show on Wednesday 10th October at 2pm!
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