ABOUT ME and Oh La Lana!
Hello there, and thank you for your visit.
I’m Cecilia, freelance knitwear designer and crafter behind OhLaLana! Proud mom of a wonderful boy, former science teacher, breast cancer survivor, and adoptive parent of a four-legged, very corporeal Ghost.
I love all things crafty: knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidering, painting… Also cooking!
I hope you enjoy everything you find here, and feel free to contact me if you have any question.
WHY I CREATED Oh La Lana! BLOG?
The goal of this blog is to get the craft of knitting to as many people as possible, through free, high quality content.
Although I’m passionate about intricated cables and bobbles and lace knitting patterns, I dedicate most of my designing time to create interesting and easy stitches and patterns. This is due to the fact that I develop them keeping beginners and elders in mind, although any knitter may like and use my patterns.
One of the things that most discourages new knitters is not to see quickly the results of their efforts. I remember that it also happened to me in my beginnings: most of the things that I started to knit were never finished. I had two shelves in my closet full of projects “in hibernation”! It takes time to form security and self-belief that no matter how much time we invest in the knitting, the result will come.
That’s why I try to provide patterns that are easy and quick to finish for those who are just starting to learn the craft. But also want them to be cute, to enjoy the joy of using or give something that they can feel proud of saying “I did it.” Or to knit the first clothes to your baby, your nephew, your best friend’s child or any other someone close to heart. You leave a lot of love mixed between the yarn, you know? You can not see it, but I know it’s there.
Our elders are a great source of inspiration for me in general, but particularly knitters. After many years of daily effort in different areas, they are always willing to invest their time and effort into knitting for others. From making blankets, booties or hats for all the babies that are being born in their neighbourhoods (as my grandmother used to do) to the constant production of charity knits, the generosity of spirit is a distinguishing characteristic of our greatest knitters.
With admiration towards them, I imagine myself knitting squares to make charity blankets when the time of my retirement arrives. Also for them I create patterns that are easy to follow and do not require so much attention, allowing them to continue producing garments to be proud of and satisfied with. They are a basic pillar for a healthy society, and later generations have much to learn from them. And if you share a time knitting with them, I assure you that you will not get bored! They are always full of stories to tell and wisdom to convey.
In short, that’s my motivation. Thank you for reading, and WELCOME TO OH LA LANA!
An affectionate hug,