STIK Clique Inspiration with Designer Christina Fagan
Christina Fagan is the founder and chief knitting officer of Sh*t That I Knit (STIK). She learned how to knit as a ten-year-old while spending her summers on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. STIK started as a silly blog in college, but turned into something real in February 2015 when her side business turned into a full-fledged business. A luxury knitwear line based out of Boston, Massachusetts, STIK comprises thirty-five knitters who are all in their twenties and thirties and “love to knit sh*t.” Are you a member of the STIK Clique yet?
What does it mean to you to be a maker?
I love making things with my hands, and being able to sit down with some random materials and end with a finished product is pretty cool. Being a “maker” is such a trendy thing these days with the DIY movement, but I’m so happy that it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. I can’t sit still, so I’m glad I’ve found something productive to do with my hands when I have to.
What got you started in this field?
My mom taught me how to knit when I was ten, and it’s always been a passion of mine. I also have something of an eye as to what people want, so I’ve always focused on making pieces that are on trend. I think that combination has propelled me into the knitwear field.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I really just like to make things that I want to wear. You could say I am pretty preppy, and I like classic lines and chunky knits. I also like seeing the way other knitwear designers are taking risks, and that pushes me to try new things: bigger pom-poms, brighter colors, new lines, etc. At the end of the day, I really like to design things that I want to wear, but I think my taste changes all of the time.
How do you maintain a creative life?
It’s not always easy! In the past year, one might think that I’ve been swimming in creative bliss, when in reality running your own business means dealing with a lot of day-to-day sh*t that is not so creative at all. I am the most energized when I get together with the STIK Clique, as they are all much better knitters than I am, and they inspire me to try new things and to set aside time to knit for fun. I also like to switch it up—I take a ceramics class where I can throw bowls for hours and just let my brain wander.
How have you made a public persona out of a craft?
Through Instagram, I’ve been able to create a voice for the brand that reaches thousands of followers. I’ve been able to formulate an authentic story around the craft of knitting, and that has proven to be interesting enough for people to follow along over the last year. I do a lot of public relations outreach, and I partner with lots of bloggers to find new audiences.
What do you want the STIK Clique and other crafters to get from your work?
Two things: I want people to smile when they hear about our brand, and I want them to love the products that we make. I hear a lot of feedback from our customers that they get stopped on the street when they’re wearing one of our hats.
Become a member of the STIK Clique! You can find Christina’s designs, words, and social media information on her website. (Featured Image Photo Credit: Hive Studio)