Brooke Nico is the co-owner of Kirkwood Knittery, where she uses her eye for detail and fashion experience to keep her store ahead of trends in knitting. However, lace is where Brooke has really made her mark, and her talent has been recognized by Vogue Knitting, Knitters, and Debbie Bliss magazine. She has taught lace classes at VKLive, VKLive LA, and several Stitches (XRX) events. Brooke lives in Kirkwood, MO.
I think you have to keep the big picture in mind, so over the course of a year, I have a work/life balance. Today, I may feel guilty because I'm missing a soccer game. But next week I'll make the soccer game and have something else to do. I can't take each day as a snapshot. I have to look at the whole picture.
03:50 Brooke and Kara discuss how they met.
05:00 Kara digs into Brooke's extensive knitting background.
06:40 Brooke talks about purchasing Knitting for Dummies as her intro to knitting.
08:45 Kara asks if Brooke took to knitting right away or if she was frustrated at first.
09:30 Brooke says to "Pick something that you will love" as a project.
11:16 Why lace? Does Brooke find it similar to Cablework?
12:30 What advice Brooke gives to intimidated newbies.
15:10 Designing and authoring books vs. opening Kirkwood Knittery.
17:30 Brooke's work/life balance mindset.
19:20 How knitting "chose" Brooke.
22:00 What advice would Brooke give her future self?
24:47 Is Brooke afraid of losing her passion for knitting?
26:35 What's the best piece of advice she's ever been given?
Robyn Chachula is the author of Vintage Modern Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Unexpected Afghans, and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia. Her work has also been featured in many popular crochet publications such as Crochet! and Vogue Crochet. Robyn is also a contributing crochet designer in Annie's Autumn Bliss, a stunning collection of 40+ knitting and crochet patterns and is one of the crochet experts on the Annie's PBS television show Knit and Crochet Now!. She is also a crochet instructor for Annie’s Online Classes.