Saturday, March 7, 2015

An Interview of Me

Sarah Gomez, a 14 year old designer (who's been published in Interweave Press magazines!), sent me an email earlier this week asking if she could interview me on her blog. Of course I said yes, because I love doing interviews! I always enjoy reading other people's answers to my interview questions, but figuring out (and sometimes finding out!) your own answers can often be just as interesting.

You can read the interview here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Midnight Fog

Pictures of my hat as promised...I love how this turned out. I'm so proud of it!!




Hat's in testing right now...how can I wait several weeks to release this?!?!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hello 2015!

It's a new year, which means new designs, but not quite yet. I can't wait to bring to life all of the wonderful ideas in my head. If only I could knit and design all the time.

I finished winding up yarn today for a design that I'll show more of in the coming weeks. For now, you can admire the loveliness of Elena's Colour Adventures yarn:

Unfortunately, I can't quite capture the beauty of this color. I'll keep trying, I promise. This will be paired with a subtle light gray for a colorwork project. That's all I'll say for now.
And I see that I failed to mention one of my interviews for the GAL, by Akua Lezli Hope. I probably spent an hour writing up my answers, but I had a great time doing it. I really had to ponder some of the questions.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Interview with Denise Voie de Vie

Forged Joy Shawl
Moody Bleu Pullover
Pommi and Pearls Shawl
All pictures © Voie de Vie

Introduce Yourself!
Hi, I’m Denise and I’m the creative force behind Voie de Vie, where design + craft = an artful way of life (at least for me). I design in crochet (mostly) as well as knit, and I dabble in painting and mixed media art whenever I get the opportunity. I also write a lot, mostly on my blog at http://voiedevie.blogspot.com and also the Tweety thingy @DeniseVoiedeVie.

How would you describe your style?
My style is an eclectic mix of updated classics with touches of bohemia and romance. (I did say it was eclectic.)

What inspires you?
Many things: music, myth, literature, flowers, cars (preferably vintage), art, color, color, color. Oh, and did I mention color?

What is your favorite item to design?
Boy, that’s difficult to answer because I enjoy designing whatever it is I’m designing at any given moment. I expect my favorite item is the next one I haven’t yet thought of.

What is your favorite aspect of designing?
Definitely realizing the concept. I love everything about seeing an idea take shape – and of course, the ability to play with wonderful fiber is an added bonus.

Is there a design of yours that you are particularly proud of?
They are all my children; how to choose just one? (smile)

Describe your experience participating in the Gift-A-Long.
I am absolutely enjoying myself! I missed it last year, so I’m savoring it like an excellent bottle of wine (preferably of the bubbly kind). I loved helping put the Pinterest boards together; I’m super excited about the shawl patterns I purchased. Most importantly, I’m enjoying seeing how crafters are putting patterns and yarns together, and I’m meeting and getting to know new-to-me designers.

What is your favorite part of it?
Other than the above? (smile)

Were there any specific patterns that did really well in the GAL that you didn’t expect?
Hmmm … of mine? Well, that’s a difficult question to answer, since the GAL is ongoing, and though some of my jewelry and cowls are being made, I’ve had good sales of those designs plus shawls, scarves and sweaters that haven’t made it to the GAL boards.

Any new projects you would like to share with us?
Well, I have a book slated to be published at the end of the year: Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace (http://leatherlacegritgrace.blogspot.com), the designs in which are inspired by the early women of flight. I am fairly jumping out of my skin with excitement and fear and anticipation.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Interview with Julia Trice

Julia is one of my favorite designers, and not only because she creates lovely patterns. I can't count how many times I have been encouraged by her posts on Ravelry. She always has such a positive spirit, and it shines through!

Missowski Slouchy and The Great Missowski. I love chevrons, like crazy love, so I had to add these two. There's a matching cowl as well!
Brennan Cardi
Loden Slouchy
All pictures © Mind of Winter

Introduce Yourself!

Hi! I’m Julia Trice, also known as mind of winter, which is the name of my design line. I’ve been knitting since the age of six (so 37 years!) and crocheting since 2006. I design knitting patterns for the most part, but I have also dabbled in crochet design lately.

How would you describe your style?
Organic, classic, natural. I like to play with texture and proportion. Almost everything I design can be dressed up, but it is a pre-requisite that it can be worn with jeans.

What inspires you?
Yarn and stitch patterns are where I draw my design inspiration. I work predominantly with independent yarn producers who create beautiful, unique yarns in wonderful colors. My first goal is always to determine how to best showcase my materials. I also love stitch dictionaries and I swatch constantly. If the yarn I swatch with doesn’t make the stitch pattern shine, I file it away to try again later with another yarn.

What is your favorite item to design?
Sweaters.

What is your favorite aspect of designing?
Seeing it all come together. It generally occurs at midnight or later. I love the knitting, photography and layout the best when it comes to ranking specific tasks. Spreadsheets and schematics are lower on the list.

Is there a design of yours that you are particularly proud of?
Only one, huh? Well, I have a lot of favorites, but I think the thing I am most proud of this year is going out on a limb and publishing Etheria, a crochet infinity cowl. I made it for fun, literally auditioning stitches as I went. I had never published a crochet pattern before, and I had serious reservations about doing so. Charting for crochet is difficult and has a steep learning curve, and the market for crochet is more limited. Plus, my customers are knitters. But I loved how the pattern turned out so I took a chance and published it anyway. It has ended up being the most popular of my patterns this year.

What is your favorite part of the GAL?
The people. Hands down.

Were there any specific patterns that did really well in the GAL that you didn’t expect?
My Chalice Cowl sold very well last year, so I didn’t think it would sell as well this time around, but it definitely has.

Any new projects you would like to share with us?
I just released the Loden Slouchy, and will soon release coordinating mittens, which you can find on my project page.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Interview with Jenn Wisbeck

Bokeh
Ruffle Dress
All pictures © Jenn Wisbeck


Introduce Yourself! 
Hi! I'm Jenn from Midnightsky Fibers. My current obsession is knitting hats- several hundred hats later, and I am still not bored. 

How would you describe your style? 
Laidback pacific northwest. I like neutral colors with bright pops, and simple silhouettes.

What inspires you? 
Lately I have been having a lot of fun recycling yarn from cashmere sweaters. It's fun to unravel these sweaters and turn them into something new.

What is your favorite item to design? 
Hats! Can't stop knitting them, so I have been designing hat patterns lately. I like patterns that work well as travel patterns since I like to stick my knitting in my bag.

What is your favorite aspect of designing? 
Working out the numbers and the perfect stitch patterns for a particular yarn.

Is there a design of yours that you are particularly proud of? 
The Stonebridge Hat, mostly because I am currently in love with corrugated ribbing.

Describe your experience participating in the Gift-A-Long. 
It's been fun- so nice to see so many designers working together!

Were there any specific patterns that did really well in the GAL that you didn’t expect? 
The Elevation Hat is doing better than I expected, it's a great way to use up some special bulky yarn.

What is your favorite part of it? 
Getting to see all the fun patterns that I might otherwise miss seeing.

Any new projects you would like to share with us? 
I just released the Stonebridge Hat and Elevation Hat. Stonebridge is a colorwork hat, and Elevation is a quick bulky knit.