I have been taught first by my mother at the tender age of 4. I remember it was cool weather outside and where I come from it’s a tradition for mothers to pass on the knowledge of the craft. Memory of the rust orange yarn and metal needles and wonky garter stitches. It was just a try out. When I was 7 my grandma taught me how to crochet and it stuck through my teenage years. I made my first sweater during my freshman year in Lyceum (High School equivalent).
2. When did you begin publishing your designs?
It was around 2006 when I have started blogging that I have been encouraged to share my designs with the rest of the knitting community. I have started contributing to various projects as well as self-publishing on my blog. Nowadays, thanks to Ravelry.com, managing self-publishing has become so much easier and accessible to wider public.
3. What is your most favorite knitting (crocheting) technique?
I would say provisional cast on method (with a crochet hook) and tubular cast on.
4. When are you thinking about some new design, what inspires you the most? Is it different every time? Could you give us some examples on inspiration for some of your designs?
For Example, there is a top in Ori Ami Knits that has these draped vents and that was inspired by fish… just an anatomical part of it – gills. Process of creativity can’t be controlled, it just happens. I have way many ideas and not enough time for knitting them all, but I do my best though sometimes it is so obsessive that I can skip on sleep.
I have turned my den into my studio. There is a desk, a comfortable chair, a good lamp, a bookcase, a huge tub of yarn, a dress form and a big window. I enjoy having a good flow of natural light when I work.
I have a design in Knitty.com. Sensual Knits and Pure Knits have my designs on the covers. There are also couple designs in Pints and Purls book and I have published designs in Interweave Knits and Crochet magazines. I collaborate with yarn companies, some of the designs you can see from Blue Sky Alpacas, Spud & Chloe and Shibui Knits.
15. Would you like to add anything about yourself?
I come from eastern European country of Belarus, where winters are Minnesota like.. very long and cold..
I was born to a family of a seamstress and my dad was in the USSR Army. Thanks to that, as a child I got to travel and live in Cuba for two years, which was very hot, exotic and memorable. Traveling became a passion later on and with the iron curtain fall we have gotten to travel around Europe and visit USA for the first time. Currently, I am in process of moving to Japan along with my military spouse, as you can see passion for travel and exploration is still here and we are going to be stationed there for the next 3 years. I am a linguist by education, so I hope to teach both English and Knitting/Crochet when I am there. I am thrilled for a chance to get acquainted with a new culture face to face and learn what I can.
FG: Thank you, Olga, for giving us a chance to get to know. I am very thankful for your time before your big move to Japan. Good luck to you and I am sure we will see some fabulous designs influenced by your surroundings there. Since you were modest about showing your designs here, I will choose a few myself.
Thank you so much, Faina, for hosting me here and giving such an amazing opportunity to speak to your readers! Wishing all the best with your knitting endeavors!
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