Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Yesterday was pretty exciting! It’s not every day that you get to see something you created being worn by someone that you have so much respect and admiration for! I can’t go into a lot of detail on the entire process because I’m working on an article for a knitting magazine, but I do want to share my favorite part about the experience of designing and knitting for Mindy Kaling.
I take my knitting with me everywhere I go. I truly embody the phrases “If I can’t take my yarn, I’m not going!” and “If I’m sitting, I’m knitting.” Of course, I’m also knitting if I’m standing in line, watching a rock band play, sitting on the 405 parking lot, and pretty much any other time when I have idle hands. My friends are now only surprised if they DON’T see me knitting! I have really supportive friends and family around me and they are always interested to know what I’m working on. When I got The Mindy Project gig, I had to be quiet about it for awhile, but once it was out in the open, everyone was so happy that my business was taking off. The best part, however, was the reaction I got when they learned WHO the pieces were for.
There is a lot of opinions amongst my outspoken friends, but beyond the “Wow! That’s amazing! Congrats!” response, many people followed up with:
I LOVE Mindy Kaling!
I want Mindy to be my BFF!
Seriously, I’m not kidding. The amount of respect Mindy has amongst people (especially women) is so amazing. I’m not saying I would turn down an opportunity to knit something for a talented hot mess like Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan…but the love that people have for Mindy is different. And for good reason. Mindy is brilliant and hilarious and radiates beauty from the inside out. I think that she embodies what most women want to be – respected in a male-dominated world. And that girl holds her own!
The people that I have worked with around Mindy – especially her costume designer, Salvador Perez, costume supervisor Gala Autumn, and everyone in the costume department – have been amazing to work with. I have heard many horrible stories of celebrities and their difficult team, but I have been so lucky to not have experienced any of that!
I hope to be working with Mindy and her team for a long time, but I also know that any other opportunity that presents itself is not going to be nearly as fulfilling or enjoyable as this project has been and continues to be.
At the end of the day, all I can say is that I am so damn lucky. Yes, I work hard and at times I have to pull a 20+ hour workday…but I’m not complaining – at this point, I’d do anything for Mindy and her team!
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