“Finarina” ? What’s that?

Finarina is a combination of my daughters’ two names, Josefina, and Catarina. They were excited to know that I made their names the name of my business. I love them and having them in my business name shows what benefits my work – an awesome life for them!

I embrace the philosophy of slow fashion, translating it into the meticulous approach I take in developing high-quality, sustainable fashion wearables. Another cool tidbit about the name “Finarina” is that in Portuguese, fina translates to “thin”, but as someone coming from a Portuguese family as a first-generation American, I’ve seen it most used to describe things that are delicate or detailed, like a lace tablecloth, for example. I do have dual citizenship and grew up with a lot of my family speaking Portuguese since they all immigrated from Portugal, but I am incredibly embarrassed to speak. I get incredibly nervous because I know my accent is weird, and I immediately forget words and basic grammar. I’m working with a tutor to work on my Portuguese speaking, reading, and writing.

How did you start knitting?

Picture of Christina's first finished scarf in brown, white, and pink tones.

My friend Meg had an impromptu “how to knit” session at her apartment back in college, I started knitting a scarf, and finished it on December 30th, 2008. I want to say we got together in the Fall of 2008.

From there, I knit off and on, but not too much into it for several years until I moved to North Carolina. I had picked my interest of knitting back up and used it as an avenue of meeting people with similar interests. Once I moved back up to CT, I was really involved. The rest, as they say, is history.

How did you get into the Pardon My Stash podcast?

I moved from North Carolina back to Connecticut in 2021. When I began weekly meeting up with my friends again, we casually mentioned the idea of if we recorded our knit nights and could hear them back, wouldn’t that be cool? The next time we got together, I had podcasting equipment! The four of us have been through profoundly serious situations regarding our health, families, and other major life impacts, and the best thing about that podcast is that we get to listen back to these episodes in case anything happens to any of us. Pardon My Stash Podcast’s theme is a casual knit night, and sometimes we get silly and sometimes we talk about more serious topics. My role is handling the equipment and editing the episodes! I’m a bit of a tech nerd.

Do you work for Finarina Knitwear full-time?

I don’t work “full-time”, but outside of knitting, I work as a consultant under FKW Digital. I don’t have a set schedule, so I am fully self-employed. My health comes first, and working full-time is not in the cards for me. Part of my work must take place in caring for my health. While I have a disability, I also live a full life with minimal symptoms if I maintain self-care, so I can’t complain!

All sales go to support my knitwear design journey, as well as my family. I’m about as small a business as they get, so any support helps!

How did the Instagram account for @finarinaknitwear happen?

I had a personal Instagram account (I eventually branched that off, made it private, and created the finarinaknitwear account), and reels became more of a thing to compete with TikTok. I am not a fan of TikTok, but I was willing to try Instagram. My first few reels, I tried a couple of things, and then when I started designing my first pattern, the Seed Dot Beanie, my account got a little bump in views with my Seed Dot Beanie test knitting reel using a Bo Burham song. I just went with it. I didn’t have a social media strategy, or anything planned, it just happened.

Now there’s a website called Yarn Saver – what’s that?

My own personal yarn collection was getting a touch too large. I really wanted to downsize the entirety of the collection by about half, because my totals were past some yarn stores at a point. I thought the easiest way to deal with it would be to put the yarn on a separate website so folks interested could select what they wanted, and it would also calculate the correct shipping for them without needing to contact me.

That’s when my friends asked if they could try to sell their yarn on the website as well. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if we had a space to sell yarn, tools, bags, etc. without needing to rely on social media websites or platforms not built to sell things online. I investigated the idea of selling secondhand yarn in general, and I found something interesting. While there are places that do it, they work off donations of yarn rather than offering to buy the yarn outright. I thought the idea might take off, so I made Yarn Saver! (I’m shocked that domain was up for sale for a reasonable amount :D)

My latest completed knitting projects on Ravelry

Knit Knot Headband – Rose, Soft Value
Pattern Used: Freehanded / No Pattern
Craft: Machine Knitting
Completed on: March 14, 2024
Heartbeat Beanie
Pattern Used: Freehanded / No Pattern
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: March 3, 2024
Very Vital Ribbed Beanie
Pattern Used: Very Vital Ribbed Beanie
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: November 17, 2023
Stormy Sky Shawl
Pattern Used: Stormy Sky Shawl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: October 18, 2023
Tea in The Tropics Cozy – Team Cozy MAL 2023
Pattern Used: Tea in The Tropics
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: September 7, 2023
Grey Perky Little Hat
Pattern Used: Perky Little Hat
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: August 13, 2023
Josefinas Southwood Sweater
Pattern Used: Southwood
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: August 11, 2023
Baby Cardigan and Very Vital Beanie
Pattern Used: Very Vital Beanie
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: February 6, 2023
French Cancan
Pattern Used: French Cancan
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: January 7, 2023
Knotted Cables Washcloth
Pattern Used: Knotted Cables Washcloth
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: April 8, 2022
Sunbeam Pullover
Pattern Used: Sunbeam Pullover
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: February 13, 2022
Lumiera Cowl
Pattern Used: Lumiera Cowl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: January 13, 2022
She’s So Lucky Vest
Pattern Used: She’s So Lucky Vest
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: January 8, 2022
Koko Bean Knitalong
Pattern Used: Koko Bean Hat
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 31, 2021
Stratus Headband
Pattern Used: Stratus Headband
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 20, 2021
Affirmations Scarf
Pattern Used: Affirmations Scarf
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 18, 2021
Cherry Christmas Stocking
Pattern Used: Freehanded / No Pattern
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 18, 2021
Harvest Cardigan
Pattern Used: Harvest
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 5, 2021
Hi Vis Cowl
Pattern Used: Hi Vis Cowl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: November 27, 2021
Autumn Poplars Cowl
Pattern Used: Autumn Poplars Cowl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: November 17, 2021
Fisk Cardigan
Pattern Used: Fisk Cardigan
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: October 29, 2021
Seed Dot Beanie
Pattern Used: Seed Dot Beanie
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: October 23, 2021
Trellis Tower Fingerless Mitts
Pattern Used: Trellis Tower Fingerless Mitts
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: October 16, 2021
Pine Forest Baby Blanket in Teal
Pattern Used: Pine Forest Baby Blanket
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: October 7, 2021
Maid You Look Top
Pattern Used: Maid You Look Top
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: August 2, 2021
Seed Dot Beanie
Pattern Used: Seed Dot Beanie
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: July 8, 2021
Oldenburg Sweater
Pattern Used: Oldenburg Sweater
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: June 19, 2021
Back and Forth Top
Pattern Used: Back and Forth Top
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: June 5, 2021
Back and Forth Top
Pattern Used: Back and Forth Top
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: May 30, 2021
Sweet Pea Cardi
Pattern Used: Sweet Pea Cardi
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: May 25, 2021
Maker Vest
Pattern Used: Maker Vest
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: May 3, 2021
Southwood Sweater
Pattern Used: Southwood
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: April 4, 2021
Swirl Hat – Catarina
Pattern Used: Swirl Hat
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: February 5, 2021
More Simple Lines
Pattern Used: More simple Lines
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: January 21, 2021
Orchard House Shawl Test Knit
Pattern Used: Orchard House Shawl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: January 10, 2021
Frankie – Marion
Pattern Used: Frankie
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 22, 2020
Training Wheels
Pattern Used: Training Wheels
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 6, 2020
Pineapple Hat
Pattern Used: pineapple hat
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: October 6, 2020
Brioche Basix Scarf #1
Pattern Used: Brioche Basix: Scarf
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: October 1, 2020
Gray Koko Bean #2
Pattern Used: Koko Bean Hat
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: June 17, 2020
CC Style Boulder Beanie
Pattern Used: CC Style Boulder Beanie
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: May 4, 2020
Royal Mile Cowl
Pattern Used: Royal Mile Cowl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: April 28, 2020
Peanut Warmer
Pattern Used: Peanut Warmer
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: February 8, 2020
KAL CFF Tiger Owl Cowl
Pattern Used: Tiger Owl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: January 26, 2020
Brown Waffle Stitch Prayer Shawl
Pattern Used: Waffle Stitch Prayer Shawl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: January 24, 2020
Barley Hat #2
Pattern Used: Barley worsted
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 11, 2019
Ilene Bag Round 2
Pattern Used: Ilene Bag
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 9, 2019
Touchstone Shawl
Pattern Used: Touchstone
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: November 22, 2019
Barley Hat #1
Pattern Used: Barley worsted
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: November 14, 2019
Miami Vice Blue Sparkle Shawl
Pattern Used: Miami Vice
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: September 23, 2019
I Run on Dunkin Autopilot Cowl
Pattern Used: Autopilot
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: August 13, 2019
Teal Koko Bean #1
Pattern Used: Koko Bean Hat
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: July 31, 2019
Flower Power Bag #1
Pattern Used: Flower Power Bag
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: July 25, 2019
Gray Koko Bean #1
Pattern Used: Koko Bean Hat
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: July 24, 2019
Side Line Scarf #1
Pattern Used: Side Line Scarf
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: July 17, 2019
Miami Vice Green Shawl
Pattern Used: Miami Vice
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: June 30, 2019
Red and Blue Shawl
Pattern Used: Never Fading
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: June 5, 2019
Simple Garter Stitch Slippers #1
Pattern Used: Simple Garter Stitch Slippers
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: May 19, 2019
Lynn – Baby Socks
Pattern Used: Baby Socks – Worsted/DK version
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: March 19, 2019
Lynn – Baby Sweater
Pattern Used: My gift to you
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: March 19, 2019
Lynn – Baby Beanie
Pattern Used: 1-2-3 Baby Beanie
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: March 19, 2019
Purple Malabrigo Shawl
Pattern Used: Freehanded / No Pattern
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: March 17, 2019
Bridger Cowl
Pattern Used: Bridger Cowl
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 27, 2018
Moms Shawlette
Pattern Used: Ka’ana Shawlette
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: December 14, 2018
Baby Southworth Blanket
Pattern Used: Freehanded / No Pattern
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: November 9, 2018
Magic Cape/Shawl
Pattern Used: Freehanded / No Pattern
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: November 7, 2018
Ilene Bag
Pattern Used: Ilene Bag
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: September 23, 2018
Shawl
Pattern Used: Eyeblink
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: September 1, 2018
Baby Valentina Blanket
Pattern Used: Quick and Easy Baby Blanket
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: August 31, 2018
Baby Pergolizzi Blanket
Pattern Used: Quick and Easy Baby Blanket
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: August 12, 2018
Baby Gleason Blanket
Pattern Used: Quick and Easy Baby Blanket
Craft: Knitting
Completed on: July 2, 2018