We sat down with Julie to hear all about her brand new book, Knit a Box of Socks, which, to no surprise, has been a smash hit already – and it’s not even published yet!? Here’s what Julie had to say about her debut book, the inspiration and the process of creating these cute and colourful socks…
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a knitwear designer who lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with my husband and twin girls. I love knitting and reading. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book or knitting project.
Tell us a bit about your new book?
My new book is all about socks! Get ready to dive deep into sock knitting and creating your box of socks. This includes 24 knitting patterns with 8 of my best sellers & 16 brand new sock patterns. The book is for adults and children sizes so that you can make some socks for the whole family.
What is your favourite project/technique featured?
Oh my goodness, how can you pick a favourite? Some of my top patterns from the book are the Sprinkle Socks, Feeling Sheepish, and Scrappy Faded.
How do you think you reached this point in your craft?
Honestly, I’m not even sure; I pinch myself every day to be honoured to work as a knitwear designer. To be able to publish a book is just an incredible opportunity that I’m still in awe about. I’ve had incredible support from my husband and girls, my Patreon members and people who have supported me throughout the years. I couldn’t have done any of this without them.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Inspiration strikes differently with each design. I love looking at my children’s books and toys. I find a lot of whimsical themes in books. I also knit things that I love to knit and take inspiration from what’s my favourite combination at the time (Colorwork, simple stitch, cables or even lace)
What makes up for the challenges?
The reward of seeing other people knit up my design. When I hear someone who has knit a pattern, has loved how it fits or loves the look of it. I couldn’t be happier.
What do you think the “Next Big Thing” in your craft will be?
Another book in the future?! Who knows what’s next? I love sharing my love of knitting with others; however, this happens.
Who (dead or alive) would you invite to the perfect Crafting retreat?
Oh wow, now this would be a hard one. I’d love to have a knitting retreat with all of my Patreon members, a room full of knitters from all over the world. They’ve been such a fantastic support of me these past few years, and it would be incredible to meet them all in person.
What advice would you give to your beginner self?
Just go for it! You’ll never know if you don’t try. Believe in yourself, and you can do it. Many knitters always doubt themselves, and we should be more confident.
In one word, how would you describe your book?
Whimsical and Fun. I know, you said one, but these go together.
1 fun fact about yourself not many people know?
I can’t crochet; I’ve tried but can’t do it! I just can’t get past the chain. One day, I may try it again.
What’s next for you?
I’m teaching at different knitting fibre events and love meeting other knitters. I would love to publish another book in the future. Who knows what else!
Here’s a few more of the stunning designs from within Julie’s book:
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