Most of you know that I'm one of those busy gals juggling a number of things - with a communications day job, side job as a lifestyle blogger, momma of 2, and loving girlfriend. I'm also co-owner and designer of Joue Design, a textile company I started two years ago with my best friend; owner of Handsome & The Duck, an online shop featuring a collection of vintage goods as well as handmade, personal accessories like knitted and crocheted scarves and cowls by yours truly, under the label "KitsKnits." And lastly, I also paint - watercolours, mostly - and you'll see my work in the H&D shop this year.
Why KitsKnits? Well, I live in Kitsilano (endearingly called 'Kits'), first and foremost - and I absolutely love my neighbourhood. It's one of the oldest in Vancouver. And I've been knitting since I was little thanks to my grandmother who taught me. I knit (and crochet) when I'm stressed, which if you were me, you'd understand given how many balls I have in the air at the moment. I will literally sit in front of the television (usually Netflix) and knit a scarf in the time it takes to finish a movie. There's something very tactile and beautiful about taking something as simple and soft as yarn and creating something else entirely that another human being can enjoy.
I started knitting these scarves a few months ago when I realized that simply sitting in front of the television didn't allow me to decompress; my mind was still racing with so much to think about and do. I could not sit still - my hands had to do something. Knitting is the perfect answer - and my boyfriend will attest to this. It's the easiest way to calm me after a long day of software communications and then working on Joue.
I realized that a few months later I had all these scarves lying around and knowing that I couldn't possibly wear all of them, I decided to sell them instead under the KitsKnits label. I've tried to keep the prices reasonable (starting at $60 each) but also reflective that it's a handmade, hand knit product that's created by me in my home (which is also my studio) here in Vancouver. No middleman, no offshore hands have touched these. Just me - made with love - for you.