Urban Knit Collection by Kyle Kunnecke is the book we’re talking about on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.
Kyle learned to knit in 2003, a housemate was knitting and he was intrigued by the materials but thought it was boring. Debra handed him needles and a skein of yarn, taught him to the knit stitch. He finished that skein and said, ‘OK, I want my own yarn’ so they visited a LYS (local yarn shop) and he became overwhelmed. They wound his skein and set him going. He worked in garter stitch for about three years. After a move, getting to know another yarn shop, it was suggested he look at patterns. He would find things to make and upgrade them to fit his desires, like recreating a woman’s pattern for a man, a motif that could become a sweater.
Kyle believes everyone is an artist because of the myriad decisions that are made to complete a project. The only difference between each of us and a published designer is the part where the work is put in to write things out. We each of us have the ability to impact others. For instance, his first pattern he published: He wanted to create a pattern to raise money for ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ so he approached Karin Skacel of Skacel, to see if it would be possible that Skacel would like to create a kit where a portion of the proceeds would go to the charity. (To approach a big company like that was very Big.) Karin said ‘No’ but advised him to realize why you are doing the thing, put your whole heart in to a thing, to create the project where the entire amount of the proceeds would go to the project. He did create that project, with the proceeds going to Bay Area Cancer Connections, then later a big project ‘Good Deeds.‘
If you missed hearing this live, you can still hear it as an archived episode where it aired originally: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/09/20/urban-knit-collection-by-kyle-kunnecke or with your favorite podcast catcher like iTunes or Stitcher Radio. There is also behind-the-scenes video on Marly’s Facebook page.