It’s time for another installment Behind the Skeins and this time with Noorain of NoorsKnits! In this interview style segment of this blog, we chat with other crochet business owners to get a little look in on their life. I love getting to know other crochet designers and makers, and I love sharing what I learn with all of you!
Today we are chatting with Noorain of NoorsKnits. Chatting with Noorain for this interview has been such a pleasure. I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to do this with me.
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I have been on pins and needles to share this interview with Noorain. Noorain is THE crochet designer that has inspired me to learn a new skill – Tunisian Crochet – in 2021.
Her work is absolutely gorgeous and inspiring. She has such an passion for her projects that her patterns really are eye catching and lovely.
Let’s kick off this Behind the Skeins interview so you can find out all of the reasons I love having Noorain in my circle and why you should, too.
I had no idea it would open up such a big world of possibilities.
Hi Noorain! Let’s start this Behind the Skeins interview off easy – Tell me a little bit about who you are as a person, not as just a crocheter/crochet designer.
“Hi! I would say that I am an easy-going laid back person who loves cheering others on. I feel things more deeply than the average person so sometimes that can be a little overwhelming as I do experience anxiety from time to time. But sometimes it’s really great being able to feel deeply the art of crafting.“
When did you learn to crochet? Did someone teach you or are you self-taught?
“I learned to crochet back in 2011. My aunt actually taught me the basics of knitting in 2010 and then I went on YouTube and looked up more and more stitches and techniques. In the beginning, I had a hard time grasping crochet but I eventually got it and I’m so glad!“
Are you a righty or a lefty?
“I am a righty!“
What inspired your business name?
“My business name is just something that came to me. My full name is Noorain and my nickname is Noor so I thought Noor’s Knits has a really nice ring to it! Even though most of my designs are crochet, I think I’ll keep my business name the same just because it’s easy to remember and easy to say!”
When did you start your blog? What do you offer?
“I started my blog back in 2018 on my birthday! I can’t believe it has been 2 years already! I offer free and paid Tunisian crochet and knit designs for kids and moms and occasionally some home decor designs. I also have reviewed some Tunisian crochet hook sets and I also like to support fellow BIPOC designers and moms who design so I have a designated area on my blog where I share interviews/features. I also share tutorials on YouTube, mostly for Tunisian crochet and knitting stitches/techniques. I also still have a few finished products in my Etsy shop and will be adding Tunisian crochet kits soon.”
When did you decide to change from crocheting for fun to crocheting as a business? What inspired you?
“My family and friends encouraged me to start a business after seeing my passion for crafting. So I just opened up my Etsy shop to sell finished items. I had no idea it would open up such a big world of possibilities. Honestly, it was my awareness and newfound love for the community of designers I found on here that inspired me to start designing and blogging. I had no idea prior to coming on Instagram that this amazing world of designers even existed.
What style or level of knowledge do you specialize in?
“I think right now I am pretty obsessed with Tunisian crochet and I just can’t seem to stop designing things in this craft! I do have the occasional knitting pattern I release but those are mostly beginner-friendly and mindless projects.“
What makes you happiest in terms of your business?
“I think for me it’s all about seeing those little ones wearing something I designed. It just melts my heart and makes me smile so big!”
Do you have a certain stitch that crops up in your designs more than others? A favorite stitch?
” Lately, I have been obsessed with the Tunisian honeycomb stitch, it’s one of the few Tunisian crochet stitches that lays flat and is full of texture!“
Don’t give up, be persistent.
Which yarn and hooks are your favorites?
“My favorite yarn that I have worked with would probably have to be Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran and my favorite hooks are my Clover Takumi Bamboo Tunisian crochet hooks!”
Is there anyone special who inspires you, not just with crochet but perhaps in style or imagination?
“A lot of my designs are inspired by my little guy! Just being around him, playing with him, seeing his wardrobe just inspires me on the daily!”
Are you an online yarn purchaser or do you prefer to purchase your yarn in store?
“Lately, I have been purchasing yarn online a lot but I do miss the in-store squishing sessions haha! I would rather go in and purchase!”
Do you have a stash you like to work from or do you prefer to purchase yarn as a project presents itself?
“I have been trying to work through my stash this year before buying any new yarn but if I have a very specific project in mind, I first turn to a few companies that I have built a relationship with to ask for yarn support (mainly We Crochet). And more recently I visited a Hobby Lobby and purchased a bunch of yarn specifically for a blanket for my nephew coming in February!”
What’s one challenge you’ve had in crocheting and how did you overcome it?
“When I first started out, I had a very hard time figuring out how to hold my hook and work into stitches. I took a break for a few months and then came back and that break really helped.“
Which of your patterns would you say is your fan favorite?
“Right now, my Honeycomb Kitchen Set is very popular, especially on Etsy. I am so happy because that was my first magazine submission that was accepted! It was part of the Happily Hooked Magazine Housewarming Issue in June 2020.”
Which of your patterns is YOUR favorite?
“I have a few lol, my top 3 would be the Tunisian Tinsel Romper (my first full baby/children’s garment design), the Honeycomb Kitchen Set, and my Serene Simplicity Poncho (designed exclusively for Darn Good Yarn).“
Do you take your crochet WIPs with you when you travel or do you give yourself a break?
“Definitely take wips with me. I really miss my road-trip crochet sessions. It has been a really long time since we have gone on a long drive!
Are there any patterns from other designers you love?
“I absolutely love all of Toni’s patterns @tlyarncrafts and I recently completed the Aurelia Shawlette by Knot Bad Britt and I loved working it up, especially the mesh sections! “
What do you like to do while you crochet?
“Sometimes I’ll listen to music or a crime podcast and other times I’ll binge watch my fave Tv Shows, I love shows with mystery/suspense/crime or drama or comedy. Some of my faves are Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, This Is Us, Gilmore Girls, The Office, New Girl, and Parks and Recreation.”
What advice would you give to a brand new crocheter? Any tips?
“Don’t give up, be persistent. If you need to, take a break and try another craft but definitely come back and give it another go! You will eventually get it!“
Success is not overnight and takes lots of hard work and determination
Where is your favorite place to crochet?
“My favorite place to crochet is snuggled up in bed or on the sofa!”
What other hobbies do you have that bring you joy?
“I love writing, I used to write poetry and I occasionally still do. I also like dancing and singing, mostly to Indian Bollywood songs.”
Any exciting things coming up in your business? Or going on now?
“I will be featured on a big designer’s blog next month and I am so excited because I absolutely Love her work and she is truly an inspiration. I am grateful she has given me the opportunity to share my work with her audience. I also plan on contributing/doing a CAL with a big company next year. I will also be launching my Tunisian crochet kits soon.”
(These kits are awesome! If you’d like to learn how to Tunisian Crochet and grab the kit from NoorsKnits, you can get a discount when you subscribe to her newsletter. Don’t miss it!)
If you had to tell your past self one thing, what would it be?
“It would be that success is not overnight and takes lots of hard work and determination. Adulting sucks but is an important part of life lol! So enjoy the time and freedom you have now! Also, being an artist/designer is totally an acceptable route to take as a career!”
I’d love to give a BIG “thank you!” to Noorain for taking the time out of her busy schedule to chat with me for this Behind the Skeins interview. I’ve really enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know more about her and her business.
One of my favorite things about the crochet community is that you aren’t competing or working against the other designers or makers. We are all here in this together and I have never been a part of a better community. It is always such a joy to get to know the other designers a little more intimately and I hope you enjoyed learning more about Noorain today.
Did you learn something exciting about Noorain today? Let us know in the comments!
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