Gwyn and I fell in love with locals Camp & Company Knittery after spotting the cutest pair of baby pants and were thrilled that Megan had time to answer our Q&A.
Who are you and where is your workshop? What is your studio like?
I’m Megan, owner, operator, and head wool magician of Camp & Company Knittery. My “workshop” is located just outside of Vancouver and is basically comprised of any space I can fit boxes of wool and knitting machines in my house. It is usually in a state of carefully curated chaos with yarn bits everywhere and I’m always losing my tape measures.
When and why did you decide to start Camp and Company?
I started Camp & Company three years ago after my regular teeth cleaning by my Hungarian dentist. She told me a story about how, when she was a little girl in Hungary, they would buy yarn to take to the local knitter who would then make them sweaters and other various knitted things. I thought that was the coolest thing ever and realized that I could offer a similar service via the Internet. Camp started out really small with just a Pudgin, but as I get fidgety and my brain fills up with ideas it just keeps expanding.
What originally inspired you to start knitting?
When I decided to start knitting, fifteen years ago, I couldn’t find a toque that I liked anywhere so I knew that I had to figure out how to make my own.
Why do you hand make your products? What do you get out of it?
I like making things by hand because it gives me something to do. Hopefully it will also justify the eventual ownership of an alpaca. I mean, who doesn’t want a pet alpaca?
There’s something really satisfying about taking an idea, bringing it to life, and then seeing someone in Norway wearing that idea. When you’ve worked over half of your life to be good at something, having people like what you do when they’re not obligated to (like your family) makes it worth doing.
Where can we buy your products and what new things are you working on?
Currently you can only buy my items online at my Etsy shop. Some new items that should be making their debut soon are a revised Cairn sweater, some new toque and mitten designs, and a size range expansion for the Compass Cardigan. I’m also hoping to get some new patterns out for those who aren’t down with knitting monsters and overstuffed hippos.
How would you like your collection to grow? And where else would you like to see it sold?
One of the comments I get the most is “I wish this came in my size.” It would be pretty rad to expand the collection to fit everyone. Even I want a pair of Kedge trousers and I’m no taller than a ten year old. I’m not very good at marketing, so I’ve never really thought about where I would like to see the brand sold outside of my own shop. Maybe I’d like to start with every tourist shop along Water Street and go from there until I own the world!
What is the best thing about what you do?
I’m just a girl who made too many mittens and decided to hock them online. Camp & Company only exists because of the awesome people who write, pin, Facebook, and Instagram my stuff. The evolution of Camp & Co has happened completely organically, but only because of the people who champion my brand. The people are the best part. I wish I could hug everyone who supports my tiny brand because they are the best people ever.
Ha ha, thanks Megan. Your lovely designs and fun imagination shine through in your products.
Tamra & Gwyn