Today we have Annie Lupton, owner of Boho Chic Fiber Co in our Spotlight. She has beautiful designs, and I know you’ll enjoy learning more about her. Annie and her family live in Cape Cod, MA.
Loopy: Hi Annie! Thanks for being in the Spotlight today. How long have you been a knitter and who taught you to knit?
Annie: Hi Loopy! I have been a knitter since high school so about 18 years or so now. I initially learned to knit from a book and my latin teacher in high school taught me how to knit cables! I put it aside for a while and really started getting into knitting probably my last year of college in 2008/2009. I would knit as I did my laundry in the laundromat to kill time and on the T in Boston as I commuted to school at UMASS.
Loopy: Knitting is a great pastime for those types of occasions, isn’t it? And productive at the same time. What is your favorite type of item to knit?
Annie: My favorite thing to knit is definitely sweaters, I feel like the design potential is endless and they are the knit item I most like to actually wear.
Loopy: I think it’s really wonderful to be able to knit the perfect fit, style, color and shape for sweaters. You can’t get all of that when you buy in stores. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?
Annie: I can’t think of one specific design that was challenging to knit. A good pattern allows you to take it step by step slowly, and I am self-taught so if there is a new skill to learn I usually can figure it out. Learning a new technique can be tricky, it took me some time to get the hang of brioche but like everything else I got much better with practice.
Loopy: Thank goodness for YouTube help videos, when we have to figure out the new techniques. When did you start designing?
Annie: I started designing when I was pregnant with my son about 6 years ago. Back then I hand spun and dyed yarn that I sold at craft fairs. I had knit a couple shawls I designed to sell and people kept asking for the patterns so I wrote them up and my design career was born. I fell in love with designing and slowly my business shifted from making and selling yarn to designing!
Loopy: Equally, if not more challenging, for sure. Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?
Annie: It’s so hard to pick a favorite design, they are all my babies! I really enjoy knitting colorwork designs like my Cacti Crop and more complicated designs like my Boheme Crop, but I tend to wear the simpler patterns more often like my Rays Crop and Puff Crop patterns. I guess crop tops are my favorites right now haha!
Loopy: Well the nice thing about crop tops – less knitting! What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not so favorite part:
Annie: My favorite part of designing is dreaming up ideas and doing the actual knitting. I don’t really enjoy writing the patterns, grading and editing, that takes a lot of focus and energy and I like the creative part more! Thankfully I have a wonderful tech editor who helps me get my patterns ready to release.
Loopy: Tech editors are worth their weight in gold. I couldn’t do what they do. Do you do this business full-time, or on the side? And is that hard? Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?
Annie: I design full time now. I also have 3 young kids so it can be challenging fitting in enough work time with all my mom obligations, but I do what I can. Now they are finally all school age so in theory I have more time… But then covid came and that all went out the window as they have been home much of this year for remote learning. So I make use of weekends and nights to get work done as well.
Loopy: I’m glad you still get a bit of time to design. What a crazy year it has been. Does anyone else in your family knit?
Annie: I taught my girls (7, and 9) to knit but they haven’t really taken to it yet, I hope when they are older they will want to try again and become my knitting buddies!
Loopy: I hope they will want to, too! Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?
Annie: Besides knitting I enjoy cooking vegan food, being in nature, walking my puppy and exercising. I cycle or run most days for my sanity!
Loopy: Fun that you have a puppy to walk with. 🙂 What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?
Annie: When you work from home and you have kids there never really is a day off haha! BUT if I had a true day off I would love to go on a daytrip with my husband, get some good food and enjoy nature. There would probably be some knitting too but no pattern writing or computer work!
Loopy: Knitting for the sake of enjoyment sounds like a good addition to a day off. Ok, last questions – Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors?
Annie: I am more of a morning person but I love a good night out, Coffee 100%, I prefer solid yarn solids. I actually knit kind of a combination of styles, I throw the yarn but with my left hand!
Loopy: Thanks again for being with us today!
Annie is offering a discount for 20% off of on of her patterns from her Ravelry Pattern Shop. The code is: loopy (and is valid 3/5-12, 2021)
Happy Weekend, all!