We had such a great interview with Cheryl of Bored Knitless! She told us all about her passion for crafting and what her creative process looks like!

Pompom le Bonbon! Jumper Ice Cream Cardigan Sunshine Cardigan

1.     Tell us a little bit about yourself - your background, general day to day life, hobbies (other than crafting).

If eating was a hobby then this would be one of my favourite things to do as I love good food! I also like watching creative programmes like The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef the Professionals. They not only make me want to dive into the TV and eat the contestants creations, but they give me great ideas for knitting too, such as cool colour combinations! Hence, I made my cardi called the ice cream cardigan. The cone is the same colour as the main yarn. I have used one of my favourite brands from your site to make it (Drops yarn). It's a simple cardi, but I have received lots of compliments for it and am contemplating writing the pattern.

Other than that dancing and travelling used to be my first loves till knitting took over. I used to dance to all kinds of music - salsa, hip hop, soca, reggaeton, etc. I travelled extensively but am unable to do so now, after a life changing event.


2.     When and why did you start crafting?

It was this life change that got me started on knitting, which is difficult for me to talk about. Basically, I couldn't work in my normal job and it meant at the time my partner and I were broke.

So we went to the Pound shop as we were on a budget and didn’t know that they sold yarn. What was even more surprising was that he went and bought some! He told me that his late mum used to knit and that it reminded him of her. I was so touched by this and I was curious to see if he could actually knit!

When we got home he tried to knit a scarf as it was super cold that day and after a few hours abandoned the project. I was a bit worried as we didn’t have money to waste at the time. So I picked up the yarn and thought I’m sure there’s something I can do with it and decided to make a cowl. When I was younger my mum tried to teach me to knit, but I never took to it at all. In the back of my mind I wondered how my friend’s gran could knit nice elaborate jumpers with cables, but we (my mum and I) couldn’t even knit a scarf!

Anyway, this time determined not to be beaten, I went on YouTube and the rest they say is history! So thanks to modern technology, I taught myself to knit!

3.     Do you have specific inspiration behind any of your projects?

I get my inspiration from all over. Ideas can come flying into my head at anytime. So long as I remember them, they usually are the starting point for my work and then they evolve. I mentioned earlier about the cooking shows, but it can really be anything. Sometimes it's geometric patterns from tiles or even nature.

These flowers were so pretty near the canal in my old neck of the woods:

I then started a swatch and based my piece on them, as the yarn colour was similar:


4.     What is your favourite piece you've done so far?

The flowers ended up being my first jumper that I was really proud of it. It has a lovely colour and pattern and it shows off my lace knitting skill and fashion eye. I could only find the stitch in a flat knitting pattern. So I had to work out myself how to knit it in the round.

Here is the end result:


5.     What does your creative process look like?

I guess what I described previously was my creative process. However, since entering Kirstie's Handmade Christmas Knitting Contest it has changed. The main reason was I had to show what I intended to do for my entry.

I was extremely worried that I would not get accepted from the outset with just a pencil sketch, so I decided to up my game by brushing up on my sketches and then painting my drawings. After doing my swatch and coming up with my concept, I thought I should try and present it in a more designer-like fashion (pardon the pun) and sure enough I got noticed! Here is my example below...


Even though this process took more time, I really enjoyed it. I ended up looking into online tutorials related to fashion drawings and it meant I gained a new skill. It also helped me to stick quite rigidly to my original idea. At least for the front of the jumper, unlike the back which ended up as a costly corrected mistake! The good news was at the time, the Production staff said that my drawings had really caught their attention.


6.     Does your home reflect your crafting passion?

No. It's currently a building site thanks to problems with builders.


7.     What designers are you loving at the moment?

I rarely look at other designers because I tend to focus on what is in front of me with my hectic family and home life. This has been an extremely trying time for me and my partner. If I was to mention anyone, it would be Debbie Bliss. She is such a lovely person and has built up her own brand as well as survived a lot of adversity. Not to mention she was appreciative of the fact that I didn't do a conventional Christmas knit, something that really played on my mind during the competition.

8.     Do you have any tips for readers developing a passion for crafting?

Whatever you do when developing a passion for crafting, learn from your mistakes. This is what I did. Most times I would start over even when I'd done a lot of work, as persistence or should I say patience pays off. I've only been knitting for 4 years and people are surprised by this, but it's not longevity that counts it's ingenuity!

9.     Describe your style in 3 words.

Unique (according to Debbie Bliss)

Chic

Fashionista (I've quoted Kirstie on this one!)

Lemon Zest Zig Zag Hat

Lottie Latvian Cocoon Coatigan

Coralee Cardigan

To finish off this interesting interview with Cheryl, we asked:

What does the future look like for you?

I would really love to expand on my leather knitting notion, as it's been mentioned it's such a unique idea. Also I didn't have time to polish my concept in time for the show after several false starts and work overload at the time. Thus it was all left literally to the last minute. So I am going to start looking for a supplier in order to create my yarn first, rather than hand-cutting a piece of leather myself.

You can follow Cheryl and see all of her projects on her Instagram and Facebook.