To help you get to know the people behind our Staff Picks collection, we asked each team member a little about themselves, how they got interested in their favorite community, and what else they’re doing these days. Read the Q&A, check out their picks, and use the comment section to ask questions or just say hello.
Meet Toni, who’s all about the Knitting Community.
Q: What do you do at Massdrop?
A: I work on identifying and spec'ing out features on the site for our community and also for our internal users.
Q: What do you like most about working at Massdrop?
A: I love the spirit here of taking on new challenges and achieving them. The company is still relatively young and there's a lot of room to grow. I enjoy seeing the progress the company has made through careful planning, trial and error (or even stumbling onto something serendipitously at times). The growth and progress we've achieved are due to the hard efforts of everyone here pulling together and learning together.
Q: How did you get into knitting?
A: My mother taught me how to knit. She had a set of colorful interchangeable metal knitting needles, which seemed like a magical chemistry set - wondrous and intimidating. One summer, my mother, aunt, sister and I knit squares and made an afghan blanket. I knit very simple squares, but my mom and aunt did more intricate cables, lace and popcorn patterns. I thought it was so complicated! Years later, I started knitting on my own and unraveled the mystery of these patterns - it's creative and meditative at the same time. And it's a great feeling to wear, use or gift the projects you make knowing you've invested your own sweat equity.
Q: What are some of your favorite products in that community?
A: Notions and bags! For me, there's no such thing as having too many notions for being prepared for a project. And there's no such thing as being too organized by having bags for your notions and tools! (Never want to lose track of your favorite crochet hook for picking up stitches, right?!?!?)
Q: What are some of your other hobbies/interests?
A: Dogs. Running. Mindless watching of bad tv show reruns.
Check out Toni’s pick:
▶ Daisy Chain Yarn by Knit Collagehttps://www.massdrop.com/buy/daisy-chain-yarn-by-knit-collage
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