Who is Annimia? I am a happy two grandson to two boys born 2012 and 2018, who work as a payroll administrator these days but who turns into a manic worker as soon as the children sleep.
Are you knitting, crochet or maybe both? I both knit and crochet but when designing my own stuff it is usually knitting that applies, mostly because I feel more at home with knitting and have a harder time seeing how a crocheted hat will look than a knitted one. I like the knitted structure better than the crocheted garment, while the crochet becomes more exciting for example. shawls and tablecloths.
If you switch to a completely different creative activity, what do you do? I am a trained potter, but since I have two toddlers, this hobby is paused indefinitely. I also have an obsession with pearls and can't help but buy new ones all the time despite barely doing anything with them. I also love to embroider.
How did you learn to crochet / knit and when did you start creating your own design? My mom taught me to knit when I was around 7 years and I would rather knit clothes for my barbecue dolls than play with them. Then I had a break during the 90 century when I was just embroidering, but this year I took up the knitting again, using books from the library, and also took the opportunity to teach myself how to crochet. I started to do my own design almost immediately for the book that taught me the most was the focus on how different garments and especially small warmth like caps and mittens should have for dimensions and where reductions etc should be put to get the right shape. I am always very careful and have taken notes on everything I have done and saved in binders, but real patterns that others can understand I started with only a couple of years ago.
What is your best advice for someone who would like to start creating their own design? Do you have an idea, just drive! It may be best to start with something a little less at first, or to add a personal touch to an existing design that you like, you will quickly notice that it is not that complicated really.
How does a design idea become a finished design and how do you best put together nice color combinations? If I have an idea for a yarn that I have not used before, I usually knit a test piece to see how the technique I want to use fits the yarn and partly to get to know the yarn. Of course, it is also important to get the knit stitch. The preparation usually does not take that long, I want to start immediately and would rather do the whole thing if it gets crazy. Then a project usually generates several side ideas. If I knit a hat with braids that became nice I usually want to test the same braids on something else, eg. a blanket, pillow etc, and often with another yarn. When it comes to color combinations I sometimes have a finished image in my head, but usually I sit with all the yarn in front and test myself, then I often try combinations that I could not think for myself and often there can be two yarns that just happen to be next to each other being the combination I choose. It is an advantage to have many colors of the same yarn at home to clamp on. Before I even start knitting I write a draft of the pattern that I print, then I can quickly see if it works and then it is easy to write new notes on the same paper. Be sure to keep the papers in order and write carefully, carefully, carefully as soon as you have done any new steps on the article, I promise, but do not remember it afterwards.
What is your favorite color? Almost all pink shades, especially cerise.
What kind of yarn do you prefer?
Non-stick wool yarn, preferably merino wool, and suitable for knits 4-5. Ideally in solid colors without shifts and which gives clear mask definition.
Which is your biggest knitting or crochet tab? The stupidest thing I've done in yarn way is to start knitting on the double knit baby blanket that takes forever, nothing strange and stupid in itself, but I used a cheap, durable acrylic yarn that I wouldn't want near any baby. The longer I knit, the more I regretted the yarn choice. I have come halfway and it is in a box, have to pull myself together and toss it and not think about the safe over the 100 hours I spent on it.
Which one are you most proud of? Rosepop baby blanket I love. I've made a bunch of baby blankets but given away everyone except this one. The blanket was exactly as I imagined when I planned it and the colors make me so happy.