Tiam Safari @knitsafari
When did you start knitting?
My mum taught me when I was 5 or 6, and it wasn’t until I started teaching at knitting workshops and writing my own patterns that I realised: I knit differently! I taught myself English style as I knit Russian style, and always have to be conscious that I flip stitches that lean or need to be twisted to make sure it works properly.
What is your inspiration for designing?
I like to wake up early and spend some time with Pinterest and a coffee, before the rest of the house wakes up. I pin everything—stitches, shapes, colours, you name it—in case it helps for a project down the track.
What is your design process?
If I have an idea, I sketch it out as a technical drawing, pop all the measurements on to the different areas, knit up a speedy swatch, work out the maths and off I go! I grade in sizes XS-5XL, and I often do that at the start in case any of the repeats or shapes do not quite work I can sort it out before I’m set on the idea.
Do you have a favourite piece from the Blogger’s Edit?
I love my Cocoon Cardi, I can’t wait to snuggle up on the sofa and watch TV in it!
Do you have a favourite MODE yarn to work with?
I love Big Wool for chunky things! So soft and squishy.
What attracts you to the MODE colour palette?
I love the soft shades and neutrals—I wear a lot of black, grey and white in my day-to-day life so these colours really appeal to me.
Is there a favourite stage of knitting that you like to blog at?
I love a finished piece, it’s the best part. The excitement of the WIP stage is great but often I’m knitting in the evenings, and the low light isn’t great for taking pics!
When is your favourite time to knit at home?
Once my daughter goes to bed, I grab my projects. When she was younger I could knit or crochet while she was playing, but now she’s into everything (EVERYTHING!) and I’ve had to wind or pick up stitches or chase yarn around the house too many times, so I’ve learnt the hard way to craft after dark.
Do you have a favourite person to design for?
I like to make things that I want to wear. The bonus is, I get to wear them!
What do you have on your needles right now?
So, so much. A pair of socks, two handbag ideas, two tops (one knit, one crochet) and three swatches for an idea I’m working on in the background and just trying to iron out the issues before I get going.
Aside from knitting, what have you been up to lately?
I’ve pulled my sewing machine out of hibernation and have made some pretty summer dresses. My daughter and I have some matching outfits now, which I think is super cute (and she is too young to complain… for now!)