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on shawls. I hadn’t put much thought into
it before, but now that I have, I believe
shawls can be both male and female, because
we all can knit. Knitting is something
that is inclusive, not exclusive.”
Even though Alicata treats his knitting
career as a full-time job (he knits every day
and spends four days a week editing and
designing), he is also continuing his job as
an actor. Currently, Alicata is working as a
background cop in the show “Gotham.”
“There are slow days on set where you
can knit. Everyone on set including actors
who are ex-cops, they know me as the
knitter cop,” Alicata said.
As it turns out, Astoria is the ideal neighborhood
for Alicata’s acting and knitting
career. He uses his home environment to
exhibit his knitted goods and business;
and as we all know, Queens is the best
place for a picturesque backdrop.
“I grew up in smaller town and Astoria
kinda has that small-town vibe that I was
looking for, but it’s so close to the city. I take
most of my product photos right down the
block from me or in Astoria Park and that’s
the aesthetic I was looking for,” Alicata said.
In the future Alicata hopes to collaborate
with even more knitters and small businesses,
teach children how to knit and travel to
different yarn stores to teach classes.
“I’m inspired by the yarn. I like playing
with a lot of different colors, and I just let
the yarn take me anywhere,” Alicata said.
Photos by Vincent Villapando (@theknitowl)