On Pins & Needles: An Interview with Laurie Pizzi

On Pins & Needles: An Interview with Laurie Pizzi

Laurie Pizzi is the creator and fabricator behind the terribly cute Knit Terrors, an upstart  business that fashions & sells adorable plush versions of your favorite Horror movie icons. Imagine if Calvin had one of these instead of his trusty tiger Hobbes.

How  long have you been knitting? Where did you develop the interest?
I’ve been knitting for about 6 or 7 years.  I made my grandma teach me how to knit because I wanted to make a really long scarf, and for years thats all I knitted.
When did you decide to combine crafting and horror films?
I’ve been a horror fan for years, but the thought never even occurred to me until after I went to my first horror convention last year.  I ended up going to Horrorfind, and it was such a great, life changing weekend.  I just came home and was so inspired, the idea literally just popped in my head.
What are some of the challenges you have faced as a female business owner?
I haven’t had too many challenges other than getting my business out there. I’ve done a bit of networking, and I’m very lucky to have some friends that support and help promote me as well. Having a knitting business is a little tricky because it’s all done by hand, and very time consuming, which limits how much I can do. 
What are some of the challenges you face with your creations? What new designs do you have in the works?
There are some characters I would love to do, but I don’t know how to do them as well as I’d like. I try to do as much of the characters as I can with yarn, but there are some things I’ve found to be impossible.

I just did two new dolls inspired by the Saw movies and Ghostbusters. I’m always asking friends for suggestions, and I’m looking into doing some lesser known characters as well. 
How does being a female horror fan influence your creations?
I don’t know if it’s necessarily from being a female, but I enjoy the fact that I can take some truly evil and gruesome characters and make them look cute and cuddly.
How does one connect with you for a custom order? Is there any challenge you’re unwilling to accept?
I encourage people to contact me via email (info@knit-terrors.com) for custom stuff. I have to research each request before I can give a definite yes or no. I just had to turn down a request for one of the miners from My Bloody Valentine, because it’s not something I thought I could execute well. I’m generally up for any challenge, but being realistic, not everything is possible when you’re using yarn as your medium.
What is in the future for Knit Terrors? How are you hoping to expand?
The plan is to vend at several conventions this year. If anything, I’ve really enjoyed talking with people who share my interests, or are intrigued by what I’m doing. 

I don’t know what the future holds, but at this point, I haven’t even thought about the possibility of expanding. Knitting is a weird business when you’re doing everything by hand, and I’m very picky so I don’t know how I’d feel about sharing knitting duties with someone else. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Click here for the Knit Terrors website. Be sure to check the Etsy shop to see all of Laurie’s designs & what deals are available. Reach out and make friends on FaceBook.

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Born in the steel scrap-yards of Lorain, Ohio, Zach Shildwachter is a VHS Vagabond wandering the Cleveland landscape in search of the perfect Horror movie and Banana flavored snacks in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse. Until the Dead walk, our Hero remains an Aspiring Filmmaker, Compulsive Writer, Self-taught Artist, and amateur Super-Hero.

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