Meet Rebecca Danger! Rebecca currently lives in Bellingham, Washington in a cute 1920’s bungalow with her husband, Mr Danger, their son and their 2 pugs, Abbey and Lucy Danger.
She’ll be teaching two classes at Knit Fit! this year: Make-a-Monster Workshop: Tips and Tricks to Make Amazing Toys and Design-a-Monster Workshop. Click here to register.
Rebecca’s next book Knit a Monster Nursery: Practical and Playful Knitted Baby Patterns is due out this November. You can see what else she’s up to on her blog, and find her designs on Ravelry under rebeccadanger.
I feel like life inspires me. It seems like every day there is something I see that makes me think of a monster or a toy. I have 2 pugs and I think they had some part in inspiring the “underbite” I like to give my monsters. Recently my kiddo (who’s 16 months) has started to enjoy Sesame Street, and then monsters on there are sure inspirational!
My grandma–who passed away 2 years ago at the ripe old age of 97– taught me to knit. She taught me the first time when I was about 8, and it just didn’t stick. She tried again when I was 13, and I ended up knitting all through high school and college and beyond!
What is your biggest indulgence?
I think knitting in general is my biggest indulgence! I have a 16 month old, so I don’t get a whole lot of time to myself these days. I just love knitting and everything about it, and I feel so indulged every time I get a fancy pants new yarn, or knitting bag, or tool, or what-have-you (I just ordered 2 pairs of Signature Needles this week, so I am feeling super indulgent right now!).
Favorite yarn weight?
Sock yarn is my total favorite weight right now and I find myself trying to figure out every project I can knit in sock weight!
Most useful knitting tip you ever learned?
Knitting is supposed to be fun. Sometimes as knitters I think we get so wrapped up in everything that knitting can feel very stressful (especially when you knit for “work” like I do). I find myself reminding myself and all my knitting friends, “Remember, knitting is suppose to be fun!”
What was the catalyst that took you from knitting to design?
I ran a handmade handbag business for 7 years and only took about 3 days off in those 7 years. Needless to say, I was worn out, so I told my husband that I wanted to sit on the couch, watch movies, and knit and get paid for it. After laughing a bit, we agreed I would give knitting patterns a try for a couple months and see how I did, and here we are 3.5 years, 2 books, and some 80+ and counting designs later!
Tell us about your design process.
I like to think about a design for a month or two in my head, then sketch it out and look at that for a bit, then I work from my sketch and try to make my critter match my picture. Sometimes it comes out exactly like my sketch, and sometimes I adapt the critter as I knit it.
I have my second book coming out this November, which I am very excited about. It is called Knit a Monster Nursery and it is full of all the projects I made to create my son’s nursery when he was born last year. It is a nice little change of pace from my normal toy patterns and includes monster patterns, plus all kinds of blankets, and hats, and booties, and even a sweater pattern.