The Minis: Christina Fagan - Boston
Hi Christina! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Christina and I grew up right outside of Boston, where I live now with my fiancé. I studied Art History in college and went into tech sales after graduating, and now knit for a living- so my path hasn't exactly been linear! I have been an avid knitter since I was about 10 years old and quit my 9-5 when my side hustle became successful enough to support myself. When I'm not knitting/running a small business, you can probably find me getting a manicure with my mom or drinking rosé and playing backgammon with my fiancé!
How did you decided to being Sh*t That I Knit?
Us knitters know that it is nearly impossible to finish a knitting project and keep it to ourselves. In college, I would constantly send my family photos of mittens/scarves/sweaters that I had just knit and I think my sisters finally got sick of it. One of them told me I should start a website called www.shitthatiknit.com to upload the photos (she was teasing me, btw), and I did. When I started selling our sh*t online and in markets, it only made sense to keep the name- you can't help but smile when you hear the name and you definitely won't forget it.
How did you begin working with your team of women in Peru? How has that changed your business?
Finding the team in Peru was essential in continuing as a business. It was becoming impossible for me to keep up with demand without finding a group who could handle the volume and keep quality control in check. I was connected to the group in Lima through a nonprofit that connects artisan groups to American designers. It has not only allowed me to get costs down, but has also allowed me to focus on growing the business rather than be completely consumed by the production side. We work together to get the designs perfected and put the order in, but once that is done, I can focus solely on sales and marketing.
Could you tell us more about your Give-A-Sh*t Knit Kits?
The Give-A-Sh*t Knit Kits started a little over a year ago - I was inspired to donate them to young adults with cancer after I taught a friend how to knit who had recently been diagnosed with leukemia. I didn't even realize until a few years ago how much knitting has helped me deal with stress and anxiety. Knitting is incredibly meditative and can help people take their mind off of whatever is troubling them. We started donating the kits to the Young Adult Program at Dana Farber last summer and they've been a huge hit! Each kits has all of the materials to finish a project and the recipient can teach themselves stitches by watching video tutorials on our site.
How do you source your yarn?
We get all of our (insanely soft and warm) yarn from Peru. It is all 100% merino wool and is so soft, it honestly feels like cashmere. That's because of the natural dying process we use and the quality of Peruvian wool.
Who are some creative women that inspire you?
Milicent Armstrong of Artemis Designs is a friend and a true inspiration to me. I've looked to her for advice and guidance since starting my business and I am always so impressed with her fashion forward, yet classic designs. Boston also has a network of creative, business savvy women who are all incredibly helpful and supportive of each other. A few (in no particular order) who I've always looked up to: Cate Brinch of Recycle Studio, Kaylyn Hewitt of True Vine, Tara Foley of Follain, Dani and Alex of Flock Boston, Megan Flynn of M. Flynn, and so many more!
What are some of your favorite places in Boston?
I live in Beacon Hill which is my favorite neighborhood in Boston, although I'm sure I'm biased there, but you can't beat the cute-ness factor or the convenience to the rest of the city. I love walking over the salt and pepper bridge for dinner at State Park in Kendall or strolling over to the South End for to shop at Flock and eat at Kava Neo Taverna.
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