Meet Our February FiberFriend: Raging Purlwind

1. What is your name and where are you from?
Hi, Everyone! My name is Rebecca McKenzie and I live in Gainesville, Virginia.

2. What is your craft? How long have you been crafting? And how did you learn?
The craft that I am most passionate about is knitting. I have been knitting for about 23 years.  I first learned how to knit from my grandma when I was younger. I asked her to teach me one day when I found some yarn and knitting needles in the back of her closet.  My grandma only knew how to knit and purl so I soon turned to books to learn more techniques (aka the old internet). This was before YouTube so it was very slow going to learn new techniques. Now, I don’t know what I would do without the help of amazing fiber bloggers and YouTubers!

3. What is your favorite project?
My favorite project has to be summer tops with touches of lace. This past summer was the first time I had ever knitted something for the spring/summer season and now I’m hooked! I had so much fun designing my Mermaid Top and now I have even more ideas planned for next spring. Also it is amazing to not have to worry about adding long sleeves.

4. Who is your crafting inspiration?
I am inspired everyday by so many makers in this community. I especially enjoy and admire Knitandcroshay because of her amazing color choices and out of the box design ideas.  They push me to think about designing differently.  I also am inspired by Threadhead Knits’ indie dyed yarn.  Her colorways are bold, fun, and tell a story.  LadyDyeYarns is another indie dyer that inspires me. Her colorways are bold and unapologetic.  I’m big on bold colors and having my knitting tell a story.

5. What advice would you give a fellow knitwear designer who has just begun her crafting journey?
I would tell them to not be afraid to reach out to other designers for questions or advice (myself included).  So far I have done this on several occasions and have been overwhelmed with how supportive this community can be.  I have found it really is community over competition among most designers. I also would tell them that it is a slow game and to have patience.

6. How can we connect with you?
Instagram: @ragingpurlwind

Thank you for sharing Rebecca!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michelle says:

    I am loving those sweaters, tank tops. Wanting to make something for the spring/summer. Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. She’s so talented ☺️ Thank you for reading!


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