Cardiff Bay Handknits

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Company Name:  Cardiff Bay Handknits
Designer Name:  Beth Ann Beck
Home State:  Texas
Design Specialty:  Women's and children's sweaters, primarily updated classics.

1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?

My earliest memory is of my grandmother teaching me to cast-on at age six. Unfortunately she had no idea what to do with the second needle, and I found it totally frustrating because I was FASCINATED with knitting. Luckily at age 16, I took a job babysitting for a woman who happened to be an accomplished fiber artist and she taught me knitting, needlepoint and crochet.

2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?

My favorite designs tend to be classic and timeless, with updated style and special details. I prefer simple and quick-to-knit patterns, using interesting yarns, color combinations and finishing touches.

3 What are you most known for?

For most of my adult life, I have been creating special hand-knit sweaters for infants and children. I actually sold them in high-end boutiques throughout the late nineties and have done countless special orders.

4 How do you jump-start your creativity?

I usually make notes whenever I see something that inspires me such as a design detail, a color combination or a special yarn. Or if I find unusual buttons that I love, I may plan the garment around them! I'm fortunate enough to travel extensively with my husband, so I pay attention to fashion and trends wherever we go.

5 What season inspires you the most?

I guess it would have to be early fall. It always feels great to work up something wonderful and new when that first cool air settles in!

6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?

I would say somewhere between fifteen and thirty.

7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?

I suppose if I had the time, I would enjoy sewing again. I remember learning when I was young, but that was replaced by knitting which has always been a true passion.

8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Exploring new yarn shops is always exciting for me. If were traveling I'll plan ahead online, or sometimes I'll just drive to another town to explore what's available.

9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?

I'm never without a current project, in case Im stuck waiting for an appointment or a flight. And I always have a tape measure, yarn needles and crochet hooks (in case of dropped stitches)!