Welcome Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits

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It has been such a wonderful treat to get to know one of our favorite designers a bit more!  Please join us as we welcome the ever so lovely and so very talented, Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits. 

How did you get started knitting/into fiber arts?

I learned to knit while studying at the university in Salzburg, Austria – and completely fell in love!

What led you to Cocoknits/designing full time?

I had several jobs after college, but was always designing and knitting on the side…and one day a shop owner said they’d buy my designs.  So I found knitters in Ireland and had them knit my designs – and sold to Henri Bendel, Nordstrom and many smaller boutiques across the country.  This was all before designing for handknitters-

What’s a typical day like  for you/at Cocoknits?

Oh man, wouldn’t it be nice if I could say I just knit all day?!  Actually, like any business, it’s so much busy-work! Answering emails, paying taxes and bills, making sure everything is running smoothly while planning for the next show or workshop.  Everyday is different, but for me it’s pretty much 7 days a week of at least a partial work day!

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Where do you draw inspiration from or what inspires you the most?

I love to people-watch while traveling, as well as keep my eye on my favorite boutiques and designers and the inspiration is constant – I wish I had more time to knit and design!

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When you’re not traveling and teaching around the world, what are some of your other hobbies/interests?

Well, I’ll never turn down a fabulous meal or glass of wine!  I also love gardens and architecture and wandering through museums…

You’ve taught countless workshops and classes, do you have any favorites?

I still LOVE teaching the Cocoknits Method…at some point the lightbulb goes on – whether it’s the shoulder construction or the ease of the worksheet – almost everyone falls in love and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of that!

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We absolutely love the Cocoknits Method!  How did this come about?

Years of teaching and designing – and listening to my students!  I’m always paying attention to what they like and dislike – so my challenge was to find the easiest and most seamless way to knit the most flattering sweaters!  It all came together in one class at Clara Parkes retreat several years ago – and then I knew I had to write a book.

What’s your most favorite fibers and colors to knit with?  

Um, my favorite today?!  😉 I can say I will never tire of WOOL and I’m a sucker for un-dyed or very natural colors – especially naturally dyed…

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Current WIPs, FOs or any sneak peeks?

I just launched Olivia, Amy and Renee…and have two more coming soon.  And I’m never not working on new designs, so stay tuned!!

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Can we just take a moment to gush over all of the wonderful cocoknits knitting accoutrement?  We love them all! Can you share a bit about them? Any new ones?

Thank you!!  At some point I just got so frustrated with the lack of quality tools for knitters – I decided to just jump in and make my own.  I avoid plastic and garish colors in every other part of my life, so why was I accepting it in my knitting life? No more bright green or pink plastic, please…I would like knitting to be taken seriously as a craft for women – not seen as a joke.  No one laughs at a man for his woodworking hobby – it should be the same for women and knitting.

The latest are the 4-corner linen/leather bags and the washable kraft Accessory Roll and Project Portfolio – which I hope people will use for everyday life beyond knitting!  

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Favorite thing to listen to/do while you knit … podcast/book/movie/show/etc

I “watch” tv while knitting – and love pbs, netflix, prime, hulu….there is so much good stuff.  I’m bad about listening to podcasts and I should probably start listening to books on audible since it’s hard to keep up with my reading!

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Where can our readers find you?  Any sneak peeks/what’s in store for Cocoknits?

Find us at Cocoknits.com and we have a BRAND NEW website launching hopefully the first week in March so please give it a spin and let us know how you like it.  We are hoping it is a more streamlined experience for people and you’ll still have all your patterns in your cocoknits account whenever/wherever you need to access them…

We’re so excited to see your new website!  Thanks for visiting our blog and we hope to see you soon, dear Julie!

 

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