Today we’re chatting with a good friend of mine, Jenny Galusha-Luna of Kountingsheep.
She’s a wife and mother of 3 who spends as much of her free time as she can find playing with yarn. She loves to share her passion for creativity and comfort through both the handmade items she makes and the knit and crochet patterns she designs.
How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?
My grandma was an avid crocheter and I wanted to carrying on her legacy, since it was something very meaningful to our family. I taught myself to crochet when I was 12, and then my sister helped me learn to knit a few years later. I also spin yarn, weave, and recently I’ve gotten back into Tunisian crochet.It sort of happened by accident. I used to post patterns on my first blog before I knew what “designing” really was. However, it wasn’t until I took the Initiate Knit Design Challenge by Aroha Knits in the spring of 2018 when I really started taking my designs more seriously.
What made you want to start designing?
It sort of happened by accident. I used to post patterns on my first blog before I knew what “designing” really was. However, it wasn’t until I took the Initiate Knit Design Challenge by Aroha Knits in the spring of 2018 when I really started taking my designs more seriously.
What’s you favourite part of the design process?
Seeing other people make from my patterns. It never ceases to excite me.
What inspires you?
Making things for other people often inspires new designs. My children also inspire me; they love handmade things!
Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?
Not sure how to answer this since I’m always crafting and coming up with new design ideas. I’m a full time stay at home mom, so I fit designing into my life in between taking care of my family.
Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?
Blankets will always be my favorite to make and design. You can never have too many blankets! (Although my linen closet may disagree)
Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?
Not as much as I would like, but I try to make sure to set aside time for my own personal crafting on weekends and around holidays.
If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?
I rarely receive handmade gifts anymore, so honestly anything! Blankets and shawls would be at the top of the list.
Do you have a favourite yarn and why?
I’m really into self-striping, gradient, and speckled yarns lately. I love lots of color, so the more colorful the better!
What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?
Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?
I already have the first half of 2020 planned out for designs, and I’m especially excited to release Part 2 of my Green Gables Collection in the Spring. Lots more blanket patterns coming, as well as my first knit shawl design.
What’s your favourite colour?
Purple! But I like lots of color and design with all different shades of the color wheel.
Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?
Last year was my first time participating as a designer and crafter, and I really loved the camaraderie among the designers behind the scenes to support each other. It’s encouraging to see a group that seeks out ways to uplift Indie designers and not just shamelessly self-promote.
Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?
Ruth Brasch and Rachy Newin have been inspiring me as fellow crochet designers.
How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?
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