We love the stories you share with us, so we thought it would be cool for you to get to know each of us a little bit more with our blog series “Favorite Things”.
Today, you meet Mieke.
Mieke has been knitting for over 13 years and is a Certified Knitting Instructor by the Craft Yarn Council. She began teaching at Hooked in May 2016. Her classes usually focus on socks, mittens, and shawls. Mieke is dedicated to helping novice knitters progress and amp up their knitting game. She also occasionally works the shop on weekends. During the day, Mieke works as a paralegal for a local law firm.
Her favorite part of knitting is actually making the project and then gifting the finished item. She hardly keeps the pieces she makes. She usually maintains two works-in-progress at a time – one major one, and the second, a light and quick, no-brainer type project like a washcloth, or a gauge swatch. (Yes, Mieke likes making gauge swatches).
MIEKE’S FAVORITE THINGS:
Favorite knitting project: Void Shawl by Melanie Berg – “My first piece of selfish knitting”
Favorite Yarn: “Right now – Malabrigo Rios – so squishy and produces a luxurious fabric. However, I tend to favor plant fiber yarns like cotton, linen, cotton-linen, and bamboo since I usually gift my pieces to people – that way, I don’t have to worry about skin sensitivities”
Projects she would do over and over again: Lacy washcloths and simple toe-up socks – “They tend to be easy and have a nice rhythm to them. Plus they make high-impact (but low stress) gifts.”
Yarn Splurge: Malabrigo, Dream in Color, MadelineTosh, – “They are just luxurious… Period. Louet Euroflax for some fancy shmancy linen dish towels.”
Favorite Needle brand: Addi Turbo Circulars. Knitters Pride Cubics are a close second. “My hands find square needles kinder.”
Indispensable tool: A pair of reading glasses.
Favorite WIP storage: Canvas bags and wide mouth project bags. The Field Bag by Fringe Supply Company is my current bag of choice.
Favorite Needle Storage: Sorted needle keepers (one for interchangeables, another for fixed circulars, and a third for DPNS) – “I containerize EVERYTHING.”
Favorite Designer: Tin Can Knits – patterns are written so well, and they play on classic patterns with a modern/updated feel; and Melanie Berg – high-impact architectural pieces.
Favorite Reference Book: The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe