Making cozy accessories inspired by the great Canadian wilderness - that's the core of Kelly's maker life.
But her story is one that starts with family, love and authentic passion.
A couple of years after Kelly graduated college, she inherited her grandmother's crochet hooks, and though she didn't know how to crochet, she took to YouTube and taught herself. Kelly is talking all about that moment that has since led to her growing online business where she allows the heartbeat of the wilderness to inspire her. It's her walk through the woods that help her develop her knit and crochet pieces, and that since 2013, has been giving the community all the nature/knitting/crochet heart eyes.
In a maker community, where love for knitting and nature can sometimes feel like an enthusiastic fad - Knitbrooks grows from a natural genuineness. We're honored to have her apart of the Our Maker Life dream team, where Kelly leads the How To Wear It and Question of the Week blog posts, co-organizes the OML events, and is a lead producer for the OML Make books; and that she's telling her story to Makeology, a growing community built around supporting local artisans and crafts-people through high-end curated craft shows around the Greater Toronto Area and in-person workshops.
Hi makers, Jewell with the OML team here and I'm pretty excited for this week's guest blog post!
Can you show me how to make that? It's something that as knitters and crocheters we're often asked - and it's pretty exciting when we can answer that question by writing up a pattern for a particular beanie, scarf, blanket, etc. that we're working on. As makers, many of us have created a sizable business in monetizing our crochet and knitwear through pattern selling. But for all of us makers that enjoy selling our patterns and looking for pattern testers, many more of us do not, often due to the technical process for creating the actual written pattern in Word, PowerPoint, InDesign, etc that can quickly and painstakingly become a knitter's nightmare. I confess, I am still somewhat *maker traumatized* after a week of patten writing and testing blues (complete with knitting photo demonstration woes, pattern abbreviations sighs, and please-God-don't-let-me-forget-to-include-that-step) cries while writing up my Purpose Scarf pattern. Even as a seasoned and passionate knitter, for me, the Purpose Scarf pattern was my first to share with the community, and by the time the process was over I was thrown for a loop and felt somewhat inadequate and downright stressed. Precisely why I haven't followed through with my idea of writing more patterns in the last year.
But today is a new day. And the OML team and I want to share an antidote for that maker pattern writing kryptonite thanks to Teresa Carter of DeBrosseNYC Knitwear.
Teresa is the founder and maker behind DeBrosseNYC (check out our podcast with Teresa where she tells her shop story) and I'm happy that Teresa is back on the blog to share her vision and story behind her amazing new pattern templates. After selling 2,000 patterns, she's now sharing her graphic design talent and craft in a cool way that since releasing in just the last week is renewing the energy and exuberance for makers, like myself, to write our knit and crochet patterns in the best way.
Hi makers! Kelly here, back with another creative fashionista for our How To Wear It blog series! The OML team loves to connect with makers and celebrate our unique styles, and this week we have all the heart eyes for the style of Tanisha Conrad , the maker and shop owner of A Boundless Sea. Tanisha is joining us here on the blog to show us all how she styles her beautiful, cuddly cable-knit scarf.
So how does Tanisha describe her HTWI style? Comfortable, easy to match and fashionable.
Tanisha is a true creative who draws from the beauty of nature and sea life for her knit inspiration and Etsy shop. Through her maker journey, Tanisha builds community by inspiring those around her to embrace and make the most of life in creativity and courage. We're super excited for Tanisha to give us three detailed looks behind her beautiful cable scarf!
Hello makers! Kelly here, slowly coming out of blog-hiding with a brand new Question of the Week for you.
Creativity runs deep in us makers. Our passion and determination to create drives our ideas, our hobbies, and for many of us, our businesses. So what happens when those creative juices run dry? And worse, what do we do when the tap that normally has a steady flow of ideas is completely clogged up with doubt, exhaustion, an discouragement?
If you're a maker, no doubt you've encountered a creative block. The question is, how do we combat that so we as makers are able to move forward?