Behind Kutomo Craft Studio in Helsinki, part 2

 

Hey there!

This week is my turn to introduce myself, the other half of Kutomo craft studio. I am not sure what could be interesting for you to know, so feel free to ask in the comments or in Instagram @kutomostudio.

My name is Zoe. I was born in the north of Spain, but I have been living in Finland for the past ten years. Also ten years ago I learnt how to knit. Since I was a child I wanted to make my own sweaters, but nobody around me knew how to knit, so I abandoned the idea. However, when I moved to Finland, I realised that everybody knew how to knit! Especially socks, of course. It was then when I decided to start watching videos in YouTube and taught myself.

Me totally failing on how to be a model. Wearing cardigan   Plum twist  by Anna Johanna.

Me totally failing on how to be a model. Wearing cardigan
Plum twist
by Anna Johanna.

Who am I as a knitter?

  • I never repeat the same project.

  • I never repeat the same yarn in the same color. Unless I have left overs that I want to make the most of.

  • I have maximum two projects at the same time. An easy-to-carry small project such as socks, hats, etc. And a bigger project that needs more concentration such as colourwork, or lace.

  • I always finish my projects. If at the end I don’t like the result, then I frog them. But I always finish what I start. You never know what you can learn from the process!

  • I am not fan of cables.

  • I follow patterns even though I make my own modifications quite often.

  • I love colourful yarns, very colourful. Sometimes this is a problem because it’s difficult to combine the garments with my clothes, but you know? I don’t care!

  • I am a slow knitter. Very slow. And I love it.

Garter Goodness  by Stephen West knitted with  Undercover Otter yarns  bought in Amsterdam

Garter Goodness by Stephen West knitted with Undercover Otter yarns bought in Amsterdam

Weaving is another story. I have always been curious about how things are made. Specially if they involve big or tricky machines. Probably this is why I ended up graduating as Textile Artisan in Loimaa.

Who am I as a weaver?

  • I always design my own patterns. I think I have never followed a weaving pattern.

  • I repeat warps, of course. We need to produce as little waste as possible. Also, the fact that we can produce such different fabrics just by changing the weft material and/or colour with the same warp fascinates me.

  • I only have one project at a time, but it’s true that usually I have one project in the loom and several of them waiting to be finished. Guilty!

  • I am a fast weaver if needed, but I enjoy taking my time.

Handwoven blanket made with recycled yarn from a knitted cardigan. Woven in the  Omnia  weaving station in Leppävaara.

Handwoven blanket made with recycled yarn from a knitted cardigan. Woven in the Omnia weaving station in Leppävaara.

My journey to this point has been long and with many detours. It took me many years to understand what I really like and what I wanted to do. I understood that I love change, being surrounded by kind people, and learning something new every day. This is what Kutomo Craft Studio means to me: a huge change in my life, a place for being closer to the craft community, and a platform to learn from others and teach to others.

The opening is getting closer. I still cannot believe it. In fact, every night I have nightmare where nobody shows up to the opening party, so please, please, please… show up! More information about it by clicking here. In addition, if you follow us on Instagram, you can participate in our GIVEAWAY!

Follow us on  Instagram  to be part of the giveaway! Read the instructions in the Instagram post with the picture above.

Follow us on Instagram to be part of the giveaway! Read the instructions in the Instagram post with the picture above.

Thanks for passing by, have a great weekend!

Zoe