Today we have Megan from Pip and Pin in our Designer Spotlight. Her beautiful designs and earthy colors make me want to pick a sweater pattern and get right into fall knitting! Megan lives in British Columbia, and I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her. (All pattern links go to Ravelry, all yarn links go to The Loopy Ewe.)
Loopy: Hi Megan! Thanks for being in our Spotlight today. How long have you been a knitter, and who taught you to knit?
Megan: Hi Loopy! I’ve been knitting since I was probably seven or eight, so about 25 years, and my grandma taught me. She tried to teach all her grandkids at one time or another, but I think I was the only one that stuck!
Loopy: It’s always fun when knitting has been passed down in the family. I’m sure she was really happy that you loved it and kept up with it. What is your favorite type of item to knit?
Megan: That’s a toughie! I love knitting sweaters because I love wearing sweaters, but I also love smaller projects like socks and hats for some instant gratification. And if I need to zone out a bit and give my brain a break, a shawl with lots of garter or stockinette stitch is always nice.
Loopy: Handknit sweaters are the best, and your patterns definitely have me thinking about fall sweater weather. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?
Megan: My wedding dress. I knit the top half of it and used a Shetland Lace wedding dress pattern. I was just starting to really “Knit with a capital K,” so learning how to shape double-sided lace with minimal experience, a magazine-concise pattern, with the most expensive yarn I’d ever bought, to finish a dress I’d already cut the top off of, was quite intimidating, to say the least! But, it ended up exactly how I had imagined and fit perfectly!
Loopy: Oh my word. That is the best “most challenging” answer we have ever had. I’m intimidated just thinking about it!! But what a cool thing to do for your wedding. I love that. When did you start designing, and what spurred that interest?
Megan: I started designing about ten years ago. My sister and I used to knit hats and scarves to sell, and when we were vending at the very first Knit City (a yarn festival in Vancouver), we were placed next to none other than Alexa Lundman of Tin Can Knits. Before that, I didn’t even really know what a knitting pattern was! We were able to chat with her all weekend, I went home with the Pop Blanket pattern, and the rest is history!
Loopy: That was a lucky placement, wasn’t it? 🙂 Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?
Megan: I don’t think I can pick just one, but the one that I wear the most at the moment is the Catbells Cardigan. I like designing very “everyday” pieces, and in the fall/winter/spring months, I really do wear that sweater every day. But, I think I am most proud of my Quesnel Cardigan. That was the pattern that made me feel like a “real” designer, so it’s always had a special place in my heart!
Loopy: Those are both gorgeous! And very wearable. What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?
Megan: It may sound a little silly, but I love making the spreadsheets for grading! I really like math, and once I start doing the numbers, that’s when it really starts to come alive for me. Also, when I’m well into knitting and can start to see how the design is coming along. My not-so-favourite part would be the very end bits, like photography and formatting, which is great because my sister Katie, the other half of Pip & Pin, does that part!
Loopy: Team effort – that’s always best! Do you do this business full-time, or on the side? And is that hard? Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?
Megan: I feel extremely privileged to call this my full-time job, alongside being a stay-at-home mom to my daughter, Georgia.
Loopy: And the stay at home mom part is also a full time job! Does anyone else in your family knit?
Megan: All the women on my mother’s side knit. My grandma was proficient, and my mom and aunt have knit some of my patterns. Years ago, my sister and I even used to sell our knitted hats, cowls and scarves at markets.
Loopy: They must love that you are designing and they can knit your patterns. Fun to have a whole side of knitters in the family. Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?
Megan: I enjoy reading, cross-stitching and dabble a little bit in watercolours. I also love being outside in nature. Where I live is a beautiful rainforest, so there are so many places to explore! I love going to thrift stores to find neat old stuff and also read a bit of tarot.
Loopy: It sounds like you have a lot of things to inspire you and motivate you creatively. I think we should all be doing something creative every day! What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?
Megan: I’d want to go somewhere quiet in nature with my family, some good food, a french press, a book, and something crafty to work on.
Loopy: That sounds pretty perfect! Last questions: Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors?
Megan: Night, Coffee, English, Solids
Loopy: Thanks again for being with us today!
Megan is offering 20% off a pattern of your choice in her Ravelry Pattern shop. The code is: LOOPYEWE and this is valid July 23-20, 2021.
Have a great weekend, all!