Thank you to everyone who entered to win for the first Unwind Brighton featured vendor/ teacher. I can't believe how contagious the excitement around this event is or how supportive everyone has been towards the inspiring teacher and vendors making up this event. It's really good to see and confirms (as if it needed any confirmation) that crafters are awesome people.
As promised, here's another feature, this time of a teacher. Kirsten Kapur is the New York designer behind Through the Loops and will be teaching at Unwind. I love Kirsten's attention to detail and eye for colour. She's designed some of the highest number of 'in my queue since it was released' patterns!
For those who don't know much about Kirsten (and if you don't, you should!):
Kirsten has been knitting, sewing, and creating for as long as she can remember. She worked for many years as an apparel and textile designer in New York City. Designing knitting patterns allows her to combine her love of garment construction and surface design. Kirsten's designs have been published in many books and magazines including Knitty, Petite Purls, Ply, Knitscene, Knit Simple, My Grandmother's Knitting, Craft Activism, Brave New Knits, Fair Isle Style, Knit to Flatter, and Knitting Architecture. You can find Kirsten's independently published patterns on her website. Kirsten lives in New York City with her husband and three college-aged children.
I asked Kirsten a few questions in the lead up to Unwind because I'm not the only one getting excited- the teachers and vendors are too!
Have you travelled to the UK/ Brighton before?
I have been to London several times, but never to Brighton, or any other part of the UK. I can't wait to visit Brighton which I've heard great things about. My sister moved to the UK last November. She will be coming to Unwind and taking a few classes. I know she's eager to meet other UK knitters, so if you see us wandering around Brighton, please say "hello".
What do you love about teaching?
There are almost too many things to list here. I'd say one of my favorite things is having the opportunity to meet the people who knit my patterns. Teaching has made me a better designer and pattern writer as I learn from my students what areas give them the most trouble. I also love that moment when a new skill clicks for a student, and you see them make the connections to other ways that they may use this newly learned technique in their knitting. Finally, one of the most rewarding things about teaching is when a student writes to me weeks, months or even a year after taking a class and shows me what they have created as a result of what they learned.
What are you looking forward to the most about Unwind?
I'm really excited to meet knitters from the UK and Europe. This will be my first time teaching internationally. I love the way this craft has connected me with people from all over the world, I am really looking forward to the opportunity to meet some of them in person.
Kirsten has just launched her annual Mystery Shawl KAL and is offering 5 patterns to 5 lucky winners! The Through the Loops Mystery KAL begins on June 1st, with presales of the pattern beginning on May 15th. The pattern will include a few video tutorials for techniques and stitches that might be new to some knitters. As always, Kirsten is offering the pattern at a discount during the presale period, which runs from May 15 - June 1. After that knitters may still join the KAL, but the pattern will be full price. There will be one clue released per week for 5 weeks and knitters will find lots of sharing, chatter, help, and encouragement in her Ravelry group, Fans of Through the Loops.
To enter, please peruse Kirsten's design page's and tell me what your favourite design is. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator on Saturday 24th so be sure to enter before midday GMT on that day. Good luck!