Kazakh knitter Victoria Kalinina speaks to us about the increasingly popular handicraft and her adorable designs...
We all know knitted everything is back in a big way – we're definitely ready for the Cairene cold to creep in so we can pull out our chunky knitted scarves, knitted fingerless gloves that are so hipster it hurts but we wear them with pride anyway, and our knitted cropped sweaters that strictly speaking, aren’t exactly winter attire when your tummy is exposed to the wind, but who cares because they look cool.
Instead of heading to a store and buying a mass produced infinity scarf that every single girl owns the same version of, you can get your cute knitted winter pieces from Kaprun Knits, a local brand that's taken knitting out of the rocking chair and into 2014. You may have thought knitting was reserved for the grandmas of the world but Kaprun Knits' founder, Victoria Kalinina, just proved you wrong with her modern take on the cozy pieces. The brand, which has a huge variety of scarves from basic to eternity to fringe-edged ones, looks like it's going to be our go-to spot for winter accessories. They’ve also got some seriously cute mug cozies that will go perfectly with our daily dose of caffeine, and blankets we can picture ourselves snuggling up on the couch with as we drink hot chocolate and pretend we're in an American movie.
Originally from Kazakhstan, Kalinina, who is now based in Egypt, learnt to knit as a kid. We distinctly remember our grandmas trying to teach us the same, us royally messing it up, getting annoyed and throwing the yarn and needles on the floor in a huff and going to play with our Barbies. Guess she had more patience than us. "My mum showed me how to knit when I was a kid, and once in a while I just had this urge to know something, but it wasn’t until fairly recently, when I had a lot of free time, that I started really getting into it," Kalinina explains. "I started making scarves, researching different patterns, and people reacted well…it escalated!"
Now you can get your hands on the handmade pieces through orders on Instagram or Facebook, and we, for one, are happy to get in on the uber-cosy trend!
You can check out their Facebook page here or follow them on Instagram @kaprun_knits.