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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I encourage people to contact me via email (email@example.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.
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.