When did you first start your craft?
My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was 8. I've been off/on with it since then (mostly off until recently). I started knitting with frequency during my freshman year of college.
How did you discover your talent?
I kind of just realized I had a knack for it and that I love creating things!
How did CraftyyAllie come about?
A friend of mine had asked me to make her a Harry Potter scarf in lieu of the 7th movie. After I made hers, I realized that this may be a great marketing opportunity. I posted on facebook that I would be selling HP house scarves, and I got an overwhelming response! I ended up making 40+ HP scarves that year. During and after that, I continued to take custom orders for random things. If I didn't know how to make it, I sought after that skill and taught myself how.
What drives you to create?
My inability to sit still, and the fact that I'm an OCD knitter. I always have creative juices pumping, and I always have to have a ball of yarn (or 12) with me, and my needles.
How do you get inspired?
Pinterest, etsy, vintage clothing, etc.
How would you describe your style?
Girly, playful, useful, convenient.
What is your favorite part about your creative process?
The finished product! I'm definitely what we knitters like to call a "product knitter", whereas some are "process knitters". I don't necessarily get a lot out of the physical act of knitting, but seeing the finished product is great!
What are your favorite items?
Boot cuffs / sock and headbands. You can never have enough!
What environment do you like to work in?
Any environment is good for me. I work during lectures at my university (it helps me focus), while watching Netflix, when friends come over, outside, at work, etc. That is what is so great about knitting---you can do it anywhere!
Do you listen to music while you work, and if so what do you listen to?
I love listening to music while I knit or crochet. I almost always have it on the Andre Bocelli radio station. *swoon*
How much time do you spend in the studio?
Almost none officially "in the studio", but I'm working on something during almost every free moment of my day. I couldn't even add it up (and I'm kind of afraid to)
Artistically: no one really. Personally? My mom and dad, but especially my dad. He has always brought out the business side in me.
What are you currently working on?
I currently have over 10 works in progress. Hats, socks, cardigans, blankets, etc. Like I said, I'm an OCD knitter.
What are your plans for the near future?
Right now I'm just hoping to expand my brand and really get my Etsy shop going. It's my dream to make it to the front page this year!
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Do what you do for you, and not for anyone else.