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.

Knit Along with Susie – Details on The Road Map Scarf

As you may know, Susie made a beautiful Road Map Scarf sample and everyone in the store has been going gaga for it!  By popular demand, she’s leading a Knit Along, and soon you’ll see these handknit beauties driving the roads of Broward County!

Make this Awesome Road Map Scarf at Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop Broward County 4725 N. University Drive Lauderhill FL (954) 468-5577 @sheepthrillsfl Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

According to designer Susan Barstein’s Ravelry page, “Road Map is a scarf made up of 10 different designs. The scarf is knitted in one piece and an attached icord is added to the sides. This is a fun and educational project for an intermediate or advanced beginner to knit.”

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Join Our Knit Alongs!

This Week’s Knit-A-Longs
By special request, we added more KALs for the Road Map Scarf. This Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th, we are having the Road Map KAL from 2 pm to 4 pm. Two separate KALs. This is a two-session KAL and the second one for each will be the following week on Friday and Saturday, December 18th and 19th at the same time. There is no charge, as long as materials are purchased in the store. Susie is heading it, so she will be there if you need any help. Level: Intermediate. If you want to see what the finished scarf looks like check it out. For more information come by the shop or call the shop. 954-468-5577.

Make this Awesome Road Map Scarf at Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop Broward County 4725 N. University Drive Lauderhill FL (954) 468-5577 @sheepthrillsfl Caissa McClinton @artlikebread 2

On Sunday, December 13th from 12 pm to 5 pm, we are having a new KAL to make the Sheep Balls ornament. This is a really cute project and knits up quickly. It is a Fair Isles project perfect for practicing that technique. There is no charge for this, as long as you purchase the supplies at the shop. You can either knit these with DPNs or with Magic Loop. Bring size US 1.5 needles. If you’re a tight knitter, you might want to bring a size up. Brigitte will be heading this KAL. If you get stuck at a part, she will be more than happy to help. Level: Intermediate. If you want to see what the finished ornament looks like check it out. Come by or call the shop for more information. 954-468-5577.

Sheep Balls Ornament KAL at Sheep Thrills

 

Recap: Warm Days, Cool Knits Book Signing & Trunk Show with Corrina Ferguson

Although it was rainy in the late afternoon, nothing was going to keep this stitch fan from braving the Broward County weather and making my way to Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop!  This was the event we were all so eagerly anticipating! As a fitting finale to our fun fiber festivities during Socktacular September, author, knitwear designer, and strong, independent businesswoman

Corrina Ferguson shared her expertise with us!  

Corrina displayed her beautiful samples from Warm Days, Cool Knits & signed copies of her book for us. Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop Broward County 4725 N University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 Corrina Ferguson Book Signing

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September Spotlight: Knitwear Designer Corrina Ferguson!

Socktacular September is in full swing at Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop in Broward County!

We are counting the days until our in-store event with Corrina Ferguson.  In case you are not already jumping up and down from excitement, let me tell you a bit more about knitting superstar Corrina Ferguson.

Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop Broward County 4725 N. University Drive Lauderhill, FL 33351 Special Event with Corrina Ferguson @picnicknits Munchkinland Socks

(…pssst.  ewe can find the Munchkinland Socks pattern here.)
image copyright picnicknits

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