Three minutes with Paula Pertile – The Knitting Sampler

We were lucky enough to have Paula Pertile who drew the knitting sampler agree to interview with us. She works as a busy freelance illustrator and has a lot of different projects on the go. She came up with the idea of drawing knitting on her own and has been having fun turning it into another facet of her illustration business.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not drawing or coloring?nail-art

I enjoy knitting, cooking or taking care of my cats. I have six cats, Saachi, Charlie, Phyllo, Willow, Ben, and Tracy. All boys. All ages, from 17 down to 3. They keep me busy! As for the cooking, actually I like baking best: cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate torte cakes, and stuff like that.

What inspires you to draw?

I’ve drawn and colored since I was a kid, it just came naturally to me. I’m inspired by food a lot, and knitting of course, and sometimes a costume and patterns.

What is your favourite medium to color with and why?

color-pencil-drawing-shared-with-permission-of-the-artist-paula-pertileI love colored pencils the best. They allow for so much control and you can layer up colors to get the effect you want with no messy paint!


What are you working on for your next project?

I’m working on the next knitting coloring book with mostly fair isle patterns in gray scale, and although it’s way behind schedule, I am hoping to have it done soon, for holiday gift giving!

paula-pertilePaula’s first knitting coloring book – the knitting sampler is available from amazon. She also has a lot of beautiful individual downloads available through her etsy shop. If you have or are interested in Debbie Macomber’s Come Home to Color, you can see two of Paula’s BEAUTIFUL pages featured. You can see (and order) her custom work on her website. And if you’re a cat lover, you HAVE to check out her upstairs/ downstairs tabbies.


Thanks so much Paula for sharing a little bit about yourself. We’ll make sure to keep an eye out for your new book and announce when it’s available.

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