Knitting turned from hobby to opportunities

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Knitting turned from hobby to opportunities

Luke Gilligan being recognized by the school board on Nov 13.

Luke Gilligan being recognized by the school board on Nov 13.

Photo used with permission from Luke Gilligan.

Luke Gilligan being recognized by the school board on Nov 13.

Photo used with permission from Luke Gilligan.

Photo used with permission from Luke Gilligan.

Luke Gilligan being recognized by the school board on Nov 13.

Teaching a class for Vogue Magazine and starting a non-profit at 18 years old, Luke Gilligan has begun his career early.

“I have always had a business-focused mindset,’ senior Luke Gilligan said. “I was trying to find ways to make money ever since I knew what money was.”

Gilligan was also selected to be at a 2 week long business camp in California. This camp teaches teenagers how to become entrepreneurs. Gilligan placed 3rd out 50 students at the camp.

He then began his non-profit company called “Huggable Happiness Corp.” This non-profit provides a teen service that gave them opportunities to give back to the community.

As well as starting his non-profit organization, Gilligan also learned how to knit at a young age of 6. Gilligan then advanced and became a knitting tech editor. He published his patterns and also created videos about his knitting.

“I kept knitting a secret from a lot of people,” Gilligan said. “I was pretty embarrassed. But the one person who constantly encouraged me to pursue my passion was Mrs. Domokos. I give her the credit for encouraging me to start Huggable Happiness, without her inspirational videos she would show each thursday and encouraging chats that we had I would never have started HH.”

Vogue noticed his success in knitting and asked Gilligan to teach a three hour workshop at their Vogue knitting live events. He taught about the size inclusivity about knitting patterns called “Modifying patterns and substituting stitches: making knitting personal to you.” Gilligan also taught another class about the basic techniques of knitting like: cables, colorwork, and reading and understanding patterns.

“I was completely shocked, honored, but also extremely stressed!” Gilligan said. “In the knitting community, a male knitter is rare, let alone an 18 year old. So to be asked to teach was an honor, but also a large undertaking because it is hard to have respect and credibility, but I figured it out!”

If interested more into volunteering at Huggable Happiness Corp., or learning more about Gilligan himself, check out www.huggablehappiness.org.