Although she does painting, play dough, cutting and gluing with her two preschool-age daughters, Baiba Dzelme loves knitting the most, having learnt the Continental technique at age five or six and doing it on and off for about 20 years. “I consider handmade to be a value because handmade items have their own soul. It might sound pretentious but it is not,” she explains. She knits almost every day since she has few other commitments and is “not very fond of housework”.
She goes to a monthly meeting of the NSW Knitters’ Guild and also keeps up to date with things on the knitting and crochet website, Ravelry, runs her blog and sells her knits through her store at etsy.com under her business name, Ferby’s Corner Knits.
Baiba’s design style is casual, using easy-care yarns such as machine-washable wool, cotton and bamboo. “I love knitting kids’ clothing and girls’ cardigans, tops and dresses in particular as I have two girls at home. They love wearing hand-knitted clothes and believe mum can make almost anything for them. A recent request was to make knitted sandals for their beloved dolls,” she relates.
“I love different knitting-stitch patterns with strong texture. That’s why I love cables and I like to use those in wool garments. I enjoy doing intarsia colour work too,” she explains. She has become acquainted with lace too, something she didn’t fancy before. “I usually knit with circular needles and greatly favour knitting in the round and seamlessly,” she says.
Although she wishes her knitting could be full-time work rather than a hobby and worries about getting the fit right on custom-knitted items for customers, she remarks, “You have to love what you do and success and satisfaction with results will follow.”