I’ve been a long time reader of Brinn’s blog, Stitch, Brinn, Stitch! and I really admire her creativity and turn around time! She can also be found on Ravelry as stitchbrinnstitch. She also designs and sells her knits on Etsy.
MMAAC: What crafts do you typically do?
Brinn: My main craft is knitting and I do that nearly all the time (I always have it with me), but I also crochet, sew, spin yarn (poorly), embroider,and cross stitch, and I dabble in paper crafting (mostly making notecards) and jewelry making (which I am not very good at/lack the patience for). I have a lot of craft supplies and I like to make things.
MMAAC: My mom showed me the basics of knit and crochet. Did anyone teach you? Or was it the internet?
Brinn: I pretty much taught myself to do all the crafts I do. My mother taught me to do a crochet chain stitch and bought me a how-to kit for Christmas, and I taught myself. Then, I learned how to knit from a kit my mother bought my sister. It was several years before I could purl (which I taught myself thanks to the internet). I started sewing in middle school because my sister was in home ec and made a cute tote bag and skirt, and I wanted to make one too. My mother showed me how to use the sewing machine and I broke the bobbin winder.
I don’t really have any formal training in any of my crafts and I’m sure I do a lot of things wrong. I only this year started pressing things when I sew. When I do paper crafts, I just make stuff up. I got a jewelry kit from a Craftster.org swap, so that’s where I learned to do that. I just recently taught myself to embroider and cross stitch, and it’s one of my favorite crafts now.
MMAAC: Since you’re a jill-of-all trades, what are your favorite things to make?
Brinn: Probably sweaters. I love sweaters. Thick wool, thin cotton… love them. My favorite sweater is probably my modified Girl Friday sweater. I wear it pretty much every day when it’s cold. The fit is perfect and I love the color, plus the yarn (Valley Northampton) doesn’t really pill. I want to make a couple more in stockinette. I also love to make wall art, particularly cross stitches. I have a huge list of things I want to cross stitch. I also love to knit hats. They’re fast and cute. Yay, hats. My other favorite knitted thing is my shark mittens, which is a thing I made up and wrote the pattern for and promptly sold a billion copies, which is good because I’m a poor college student.
Not any more! Brinn is now a broke college graduate. Congrats!
MMAAC: Since you mostly knit wearable items, what are your favorite yarn?
Brinn: I love working with wool yarn (as that’s what I mostly use), but my current favorite yarn is Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, which is merino, nylon, and cashmere. Ah, heaven.
MMAAC: Any yarn you hate?
Brinn: I HATE fun fur. HATE.
Thanks again to Brinn for the interview! If you’d like to be interviewed, email me at vanessa AT mixedmartialartsandcrafts DOT com.