Leah Coccari-Swift, the mastermind behind Ruby Submarine, has been knitting since she could hold a pair of needles (roughly age 4 for those who need specifics). She creates whimsical, beautiful patterns for her label including this week's featured project, The Anchored Wrap. Leah took time out from her busy schedule to share a little bit about herself and what inspires her unique creations.
My name is Leah Coccari-Swift and my crafty alter-ego is Ruby Submarine.
and my crafting weapon of choice: needles and hooks.
My favorite designer is Ysolda Teague – very talented and prolific.
When I am looking for inspiration I always head outside! To the beach if possible, or just somewhere green and wild.
After a long day of making things I like to marathon-watch a TV show on Netflix instant (current favorites: Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (always)).
When I think about starting a new project I start one immediately. It's a problem. You should see my Works-In-Progress closet. My favorite time of day to get crafty is late at night.
I got started crafting when I could hold things, I learned to knit at 4 yrs.
The best part about running my own business is being able to execute my own vision.
What I wish I would have known before starting my business: You will work ALL THE TIME.
If I wasn’t a knit and crochet designer I would love to be a musician! (I am not terribly musical but I appreciate the structure and complexity of music).
The first thing I do when I wake up is feed my guinea pig, Spike.
My favorite iPhone/smartphone app is Words with Friends.
I can’t live without my YARN.
My favorite luxury is getting a Thai massage.
To me, DIY means not being afraid to ask “How can I do that myself?”and then tackling something start to finish.
My least favorite words are “ladies” and “panties”-- so often used patronizingly by jerks.
The movie that can cheer me out of any bad mood is Labyrinth.
My favorite thing about making is autonomy, and the endless possibilities.