Saturday, April 12, 2008

Designer Profile - StitchStud

Charles is a knitter, spinner, crocheter and a podcaster about fibre. He began knitting when he was 10 because he was inspired by his grade school teacher, a group of Colombian male shepherds who knit, and his father, a different kind of renaissance man, but one with a shared vision for creativity. By 20 he was working in a knitting store, had designed and sold about 10 custom sweaters under his own label, and beginning to spin and weave a little. He put it all away for a few years which spanned his master's degree in language education, getting married, having 2 sons, and many other distractions. About three years ago, he started knitting and designing again, primarily for family and to bust his stash of his dated yarn in favour of new ones full of soft merino, and hand-painted colour-ways. A little over a year ago he started blogging at jigraknits and in the summer of 2007 began a podcast called Stitchstud and His Bride ( Charles has often bemoaned the scarcity of men's patterns, but has chosen to stop whining and to get involved in the design arena in order to contribute designs for men. He is very excited to be designing for the Unique Sheep and the Ram Club!
Charles' Ravelry name is STITCHSTUD.

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