I’m happy to introduce you to Joji Locatelli in the Designer Spotlight today! Joji’s sweater and shawl patterns always catch my eye as I’m poking around Ravelry, looking at projects. I know many of you are big Joji fans, so hopefully you’ll learn something new about her today!
Loopy: Hi Joji! Thanks for being in our Designer Spotlight today. How long have you been a knitter and who taught you to knit?
Joji: Thank you so much for having me! I learnt to knit as a child (my Mum taught me the basics), but only knitted a couple of scarves back then. When I was in my mid-twenties I suddenly felt an urge to knit again, and since I couldn’t find any patterns or ideas that I liked, I searched on the internet and I got absolutely hooked by knitting and the world of knitting blogs and communities.
Joji: I like knitting just anything, but sweaters are the projects I enjoy the most. They have so many different parts and pieces… You never get bored.
Joji: I never think of a technique or a level of difficulty as challenging… But I remember that I found Boxy challenging because I would need to knit so much, and I wasn’t sure about how it would fit me. It was a leap of faith, so I knit all those miles of stockinette and I only tried it on when it was finished and blocked. Luckily, it’s one of my favorite designs now.
Joji: I think I started “designing” when I was a little girl, even before actually knitting. When I was young, I would tell my mother what I wanted to wear so that she could knit it for me. She explained to me how a sweater should be constructed (knitted flat, in pieces and then sewn), and she taught me how to do the calculations according to her gauge and my size. She was a bit lazy with maths, so she would always tell me that if I wanted that sweater done I needed to give her the numbers of stitches to cast on and such. So it was easy for me to design my own knitting projects when I started knitting myself. It was a long, amazing road from that point to publishing my patterns for other people to knit.
Joji: This changes all the time, usually my latest one is always the favorite, and in this case it’s Old Romance. I love the beautiful romantic look, the flattering lines and the delicate lace.
Loopy: That one has a fun detail going down the arms! What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?
Joji: My favorite part is being able to use my creativity! Anything can happen when you design knitwear. The stitches can travel just any place. My least favorite part, ironically is precisely doing the maths required for all sizes…
Joji: Just being a Mum. 🙂
Loopy: Do you do this business full-time, or on the side? And is that hard?
Joji: I am at the moment doing it full-time, or at least as much as I can handle, and I don’t think it’s any harder than other job. In fact, it’s much better because it’s my dream job. So I feel blessed. I would never complaint of having to work too much.
Joji: Well, my Mum does! She lives very close to us, so we spend long afternoons knitting together and chatting about new projects. I still couldn’t convince my husband to try it out, but my eldest son seems to be interested in it (my youngest is still very busy trying to stay a baby as much as he can).
Loopy: I haven’t convinced my husband to try it, either. Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?
Joji: Not as much as knitting!
Joji: I’d say the perfect day off would be with my husband and boys around, sightseeing in a big city, with a knitting project in my bag.
Loopy: Finally – Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors?
Joji: I am a night owl, I could stay up late until dawn, drinking coffee, of course. 🙂 I knit English style, most of the time with straight needles, one of them under my right armpit (unless knitting in the round)… and I prefer semisolids.
Joji is offering our blog readers one of her patterns at $1 off, between today and May 2. Check out her patterns on Ravelry and pick a fun one, then pop over to The Loopy Ewe to get some yarn to go with it! The pattern discount code is: theloopyewe
So, who has already knit one of Joji’s patterns, and what did you make?