With all the changes and new faces here at Berroco, I thought it was a good time for re-introductions! So here are 20 Things About Me, Amy Christoffers, Berroco Design Director and sometime-reluctant blog poster.
- Many of of my earliest memories are of hanging out in my grandmother’s yarn shop (it was called the Village Shop) which she owned with two friends until I was about 8 or 9 years old (they even sold Berroco yarn!).
- I did not learn how to knit from my grandmother, I taught myself from a book when I was in college.
- I learned to crochet from my mom when I was 5 or 6.
- When I first learned how to knit, I knit English style. When I taught myself how to knit Continental style, I started twisting all my stitches and didn’t notice. I even knit a whole sweater and was immensely proud of it until a lady in a bookstore came up to me and asked if I’d knit it myself. To which she commented ‘It must have taken forever with all those twisted stitches’. Oops.
- My favorite color is usually orange.
- Sometimes it is green.
- My first pattern is the Goldfish Mittens– Berroco’s Ultra Wool Fine would be perfect for these!
- My lucky number is 8.
- My favorite food is popcorn.
- The pattern Daisy Gertrude is named after my grandmother’s basset hound who was named after my great-great grandmother.
- I love to cook. Making dinner every night is my moment of zen and a super important part of how I unwind, re-set and recharge creatively. If I don’t do it I can get cranky.
- The best thing about cooking as a creative outlet is that if you try something and it isn’t good, you can always try again tomorrow. I think that sums up my philosophy about creativity and trying new things in general, too.
- My favorite knitting technique is mattress stitch– it is so satisfying!
- My other favorite knitting trick is the tubular cast-on.
- I am from Vermont which means the perfect breakfast is pie.
- I always wanted to be a designer when I grow up.
- I first learned that there is a such thing as a ‘knitting designer’ from the book Knitting in America by Melanie Falick– specifically the chapter about Norah Gaughan.
- My favorite Pride and Prejudice is the 1940 version with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Olivier is the only Darcy for me.
- I have traveled to some amazing places but I have never been to any desert. The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list.
- I’m very introverted and writing this list made me very squirmy!
Looking forward to sharing more fun things here on the Berroco blog this year!