Agrarian Artisan Interview Gift A-long 2019
Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Agrarian Artisan, who is a crochet designer taking part in the Indie Design Gift A-Long. She’s known on ravelry as vbracegirdle.
I am a designer, technical editor and tutor. With a degree in maths and a background in finance, I find the logic of pattern writing and charting is an easy blend with designing. One of my first tech edits came about because I queried a pattern in a magazine and was invited to write the errata!
How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?
I think fibre of all types is in my blood, my grandfather had a textile business in Manchester! My mother was the seamstress of the family, all clothes were homemade. She also knitted but it was my aunt who was the knitter and crocheter and helped me learn both crafts.
What made you want to start designing?
It isn’t something I planned to do, which is why I call myself an accidental designer. Like many people I couldn’t just use patterns, frequently I would adapt them because I didn’t quite like the pattern or I thought it could be done a bit neater, and I guess it all grew from there.
What’s you favourite part of the design process?
What inspires you?
Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?
Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?
Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?
If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?
Do you have a favourite yarn and why?
What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?
Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?
I am currently working on a blanket for my blanket CAL in February next year. It is made of hexagons which have a simple transitional pattern on them and they are proving to be a lovely relaxing mindful make.
What’s your favourite colour?
Blue, blue, blue and maybe teal
Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?
I have to confess that I always look at the 2 games – Designer Hunt and Alphabet Soup; I think they are fun and clever.
Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?
There are so many to choose from, that I just couldn’t make a choice. But the ones that inspire me the most are those that also commit so much of their time and energy to make GAL happen, as well as keeping up with their own designing – and that includes you Loraine
How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?
Ravelry pattern store: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/agrarian-artisan
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