Monthly Archives: October 2013

Interview with Lori Versaci of Shibui Knits

Yarn Online : Shibui KnitsThis month we are having a trunk show featuring Lori Versaci, one of the designers for Shibui Knits, as well as her own designs. I thought it would be great to have her be the guest blogger this month. She is both talented and interesting. I always am fascinated as to how someone goes about designing knitted garments. Hope you enjoy it!

1. How did you move from (consultant to) knitter to designer?

I knit a lot when I was in high school and college but when my children were young, I really only had the chance to knit on vacations. I always had something on needles, but the projects would languish for months at a time.

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

Knitting YarnHaving owned a knitting store for over eight years now, I have met an army of knitters. How knitters feel about their knitting has been a great source of fascination to me. Knitting is so much more than knitting. It is a mirror for life and how people perceive it. I could get all philosophical now, and talk about coping skills and what not. But, frankly, all I am going to say is that sometimes I don’t get it.

When I decided I wanted to own a knitting store, my impetus for doing this was to own this zen-space that was about creativity, appreciation of luxury fibers, relaxation, and personal challenge. In other words, fun. Knitting has always been a source of fun to me. I love the challenge of learning a new technique. I love working with yummy fibers like cashmere or alpaca yarn. It has also always been a great source of relaxation for me.

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