Q&A with Brandy Fortune, on Knitting for Kids and Her New Book
As a busy mom of two, Brandy Fortune knows what knitters want: quick, simple, and utterly adorable projects. In her first book, Just Like Me Knits, Brandy creates irresistible accessories and clothes for kids–and matching outfits for their toys! In our interview, Brandy shares behind-the-scenes stories about her process of designing these sweet little patterns.
CrafterNews: Which was the most fun project to design for Just Like Me Knits?
Brandy Fortune: The Rowan Owl Hat was the most fun because I challenged myself to knit Continental and English style at the same time, holding one strand in each hand when working with two colors. I felt quiet accomplished once I knew I could do it, and I designed the owl chart from scratch using my iPad, which was a neat convergence of a traditional art with technology. The best part however was how much my daughter loved the owl hat and coordinating sweater. She wore them over and over!
CN: What’s the biggest challenge when it comes to knitting for kids?
BF: How quickly they grow out of what you knit them! There is no getting around this, as children grow amazingly fast. Since I have two girls, everything gets to be worn twice, easily handed-down to the younger sibling, and after that cousins and close friends. I love when hand knits have a long life and are worn and treasured by more then one child.
CN: Which projects have been your daughters’ favorites?
BF: Rowan’s owl hat, of course! Hats are big with little kids, and a larger hat can still be worn by a younger child. The Satya Ballet Wrap was my oldest child’s favorite. She loves the doll versions of everything, but I think her most favorite is the Michelle Mermaid Bracelets and Mermaid Tail. You can never have too many accessories for a child or a doll.
CN: What are you currently obsessed with?
BF: I am always looking for unique vintage props for photo shoots, and I absolutely adore hunting for sweet vintage kids books and handcrafted jewelry on Etsy. My most recent find was an educational earth globe for $15 (they are pretty pricey normally), which is now in my kitchen. And I finally found an adorable vintage school desk set, which needs a little DIY love. Outside of the crafty world I’ve been attempting to learn violin with my 5 year-old. We are studying the Suzuki method, a unique approach to teaching music to young children.
Meet Brandy Fortune, author of Just Like Me Knits, at one of her upcoming events:
Friday, May 17th: Book signing at Cast-on Cottage, Roswell, GA
Saturday, May 18th: Book signing and classes at Yarn Rhapsody, Gainsville, GA
June 22nd–24th: Book signing at TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show, Columbus, OH
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Just Like Me Knits
Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls
Written by Brandy Fortune
Category: Crafts & Hobbies – Knitting
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: April 23, 2013