Interview with Kristin Omdahl

 

Kristin Omdahl

Broward County, you are in for a treat!  Patti is happy to announce that Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop will be hosting Kristin Omdahl for a special event on February 20, 2016!  Kristin will arrive to the store to display and sell her highly regarded yarn line, Bamboo So Fine!  She will have samples to display and will be signing books as well.  We are thrilled to welcome her to the shop!

In anticipation of her arrival, I was lucky to be able to interview Kristin Omdahl about her designs, business, eclectic creative outlets, and inspiring others.  I loved hearing Kristin’s responses and I hope you will, too.

CM: You are a prolific and celebrated crochet and knitwear designer.  I associate your brand with elegant, feminine, wearable pieces and home decor that make a woman feel special.  I’ve noticed your Ravelry pattern page has almost 450 published designs, including patterns from 11 books you authored and numerous other publications.  How is designing crochet different from designing knitting patterns?  
KO: Thank you! I’m grateful for the compliment and observation. I think long and hard about my designs before they become a reality. I don’t “make just to make”. There is specific inspiration, hidden meaning or deliberate design in everything I do.
Sunny Isles Beach Soft Yellow Crochet Lace Shawl Free Pattern by Kristin Omdahl.
Bonita Beach Raspberry Knit Shawl Free Pattern by Kristin Omdahl.

KO: Knitting and crochet each have their strengths and weaknesses. Crochet samples are usually faster to make than knitting samples, but take much longer to write the patterns and generate the charts. They also cost me much more money in tech editing because tech editors are paid hourly. But I love both crafts, and am grateful I get to work with both in my business! There are projects I prefer in knitting to crochet, and vice versa. 

CM:  I have been following your career for over nine years now.  I love how I’ve seen you lay a foundation with your crochet and knitwear designs and then diversify into your amazing yarn line, Bamboo So Fine and different products like your Wrapture No Rinse Delicate Wash, and graphic design products available in your Etsy and Red Bubble Store.  I’ve also seen you trying different platforms (i.e. Etsy, Amazon, Ravelry) to sell your products and patterns.

Some of Kristin’s Designs & Her Wrapture No Rinse Delicate Wash
CM:  How did you develop this strategy?  Did you formally study business?
KO: Wow! That’s wonderful! Yes, I come from a business background. But honestly, as a small entrepreneur it is often about trial and error and especially about diversity! Many, many, many things fail. Many ideas don’t work out the way I want them to. And many projects are not as successful as I originally wish. But, having said that, I believe in myself, my business and my crafts. I truly believe I make a difference in inspiring others to enjoy their crafts with my ideas.
Slouchy Hat Free Crochet Pattern by Kristin Omdahl
KO: I love hearing from people that watching me work hard, struggle, share my feelings or successes, has inspired them to do more in their own lives. That is remarkable. And that energy then becomes my inspiration as well. A full circle of inspiration. Isn’t that wonderful?
Projects from Kristin’s Holiday E-Book 2015
CM:  On top of everything, you’ve shared a number of recipes & general DIYs on your blog!  Where did the interest in cooking & home decor come from?
KO: I am the type of person who is constantly on the move. You would never hear me say that I’m bored. Cooking, drawing/art, music, and home dec/wood have been passions of mine since before knitting and crochet! In an effort to diversify and connect with people on more levels, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share other aspects of my life publicly. 
Kristin compares her Bamboo So Fine Yarn colors to fabulous trims in New York City.
CM:  Kristin, you are an example of how sophisticated style can be accessible to everyone.  Your YouTube videos take the viewer through step by step instructions on how to complete projects that look great (and may actually be easier than they look!) Do you have any words of advice for crafters who want to try your patterns or projects but may feel a little hesitant?
Kristin’s beautiful Be So Bold Handpainted, Variegated, Worsted Weight yarn

KO:  Yes! Thank you for asking this question! My goal in design is to make things look great in ways that are DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE. I will never try to show off a fancy skill to beginners. One of the things I love most about what I do is showing people how to make things that are easier than they look. Whether its a chic home decor project, a healthy and delicious meal that is actually budget friendly, or a sweater that is figure flattering and sexy but doesn’t require a ton of fancy stitch pattern knowledge! There are tips and tricks to make everything look better, more expensive, more sophisticated and even more complicated that it really is!  ♥

Can you see why Kristin Omdahl is one of my favorite craft celebrities?  Be sure to follow Kristin on her myriad platforms including KristinOmdahl.com, her facebook page, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Craftsy,  and don’t miss her newsletter.

All images in this post are the property of Kristin Omdahl and were used with permission unless otherwise noted.

I want to extend a huge thank you to Kristin for this interview and for all that she does to inspire creativity in all of us!  I wanted to share a pic of my latest KO creation, which I crocheted with her free Slouchy Hat pattern!

My favorite hat!, photo by @artlikebread
As always, thanks for reading the blog!  If you liked learning all about Kristin Omdahl, please share this post with a friend through social media, or better yet, give a good friend a call plan to meet at the trunk show on February 20 at Sheep Thrills!  Like our Facebook page for updates about this and other events!  We’d love to see you in the store, so remember we can be found at 4725 N. University Drive in Lauderhill, FL 33351.  Feel free to give us a call at (855) YARNS-4-U or check out our website at sheepthrillsfl.com.
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