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  • Jen Johnson began knitting in 2007 while pregnant with her daughter and does most of her knitting for her daughter and son. When she couldn’t find the patterns she wanted, she added designer to her job titles of Navy wife and mother. Jen loves the inspiration she gets from all the beautiful yarns available, as long as she doesn’t get distracted by—ooh, shiny!
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TAAT Designs

Remember how I commented in my first post that the wait to see if my design proposals had been accepted by Three Irish Girls was made easier by having friends to share it with?  Well, four of those friends have teamed up to form TAAT Designs.  In knitting “TAAT” stands for two-at-a-time, but here it means Tesia, Allison, Abigail, and Trisha, the 4 women and friends behind TAAT Designs.

I’ve only yet been lucky enough to meet two of these friends–I joined Tesia’s and Abi’s knitting group during my family trip to Seattle. I’ll admit–I was a touch nervous about meeting up with a group of real-life strangers, although I’d gotten to know Tesia and Abi (and the other ladies) quite well online. Once I’d been there, oh, about 5 minutes I really had to wonder what I’d ever worried about. It was like I’d known them for years. They even took Jeffrey’s refusal to share his super powers and Lexie’s backwards somersault out of her chair (she was unhurt) entirely in stride. So I was unsurprised to read in the first posts from Trisha, Allison, Abi, and Tesia, that they’d all bonded so quickly.

But although they’re close friends, they’re very different people–student, scientist, married, single, mom, runner, traveler, Canadian, American–with different strengths and talents that they bring to their designs and their blog. Recently Tesia posted about her Socks of Win (and no, I’m not posting to pressure her to hurry up and release the design–those socks are beautiful but they intimidate me!); Abi posted about some great design resources; Trisha once posted her thoughts about yarn and when it’s too much for her; and in an early post Allison talked about taking it one stitch at a time when needed.

One thing I really enjoy about their blog is that they take advantage of the fact that they have 4 women with diverse backgrounds–often when one of them posts on a topic, some or all of them will add a post with their thoughts, often taking the theme in a new direction. For example, when Trisha wrote about her thoughts on yarn–wanting to have a smaller, more manageable stash–Abi talked about knitting with handpainted yarn, Allison shared a story of a skein of yarn that took charge of what it was going to be, and Tesia mused about how she sees her stash as a collection, complete with rare skeins. They also have audience participation posts, asking for readers’ favorite tips or key knitting books.

So, hop on over to meet 4 great women and designers, enjoy their stories and input…and check out some cool designs.

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3 Responses

  1. I loved meeting you in person too! The way you tell stories in real life is exactly how I imagined it would be from your Ravelry posts – wonderful!

    And the Socks of Win have suffered a setback. More to come on that later…

    • I got my story telling abilities from my old Senior Chief, who could tell the BEST sea stories.

      The Socks of Win are now the Socks of…Win Later?

  2. I love you Jen. What a sweet post, thank you so much.

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