Agrarian Artisan, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

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!

Breeze by Agrarian Artisan

Breeze by Agrarian Artisan

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.

Down Memory Lane Blanket by Agrarian Artisan

Down Memory Lane Blanket by Agrarian Artisan

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

The emergence of the idea into the fabric! Once the hook or needles start to bring the design to life it becomes quite magical.

What inspires you?

Anything and everything – from a leaf on a tree to an exquisite old tile on a floor. Often inspiration just seems to appear from nowhere, but I guess it is simply my surroundings talking to me.
Anniversary Mandala CAL by Agrarian Artisan

Anniversary Mandala CAL by Agrarian Artisan

Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?

I am part-time, I am fortunate to have the time to pursue what was a hobby into a glorious creative world.

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I don’t really have favourites except perhaps the things I design that are purely things for me.
Precious Gift Bag by Agrarian Artisan

Precious Gift Bag by Agrarian Artisan

Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?

As my designing grew as an extension of my hobby, I still make things for myself or gifts. I also love to make decorations and garlands for my home at Christmas, in fact my Christmas gift and decoration making making starts in January!

If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?

I love anything that I receive which is handmade no matter how small. However, if anyone gifted a blanket I would be overwhelmed as I know the amount of work that goes into such a large gift.
Queen of May Wrap by Agrarian Artisan

Queen of May Wrap by Agrarian Artisan

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

I prefer all natural fibres and this year I have made a conscious decision to avoid all acrylic and nylon. I know that those fibres are now good quality (much better than the scratchy acrylic yarn of my youth) and good value, and affordable to many, but they are plastic and we are drowning our planet in plastic.

What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?

That’s a tough question! I fall in love with each new design as soon as I start making it, so my current favourite is what is on my hook. But if I was pushed I would say Summer Garden Throw – this was a design I submitted to Inside Crochet, I didn’t follow their submission request but started making it and then emailed asking if they would like it. It is made of lacy hexagons which could be adapted easily to a shawl or wrap – and I have made a wrap from them. Hexagons are my favourite shape.
Twits Shawl by Agrarian Artisan

Twits Shawl by Agrarian Artisan

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?

This is my second year as a PD, so it is quite new. I love the community party, there is so much happening that it is difficult to keep up and there are so many fabulous designers that I get engrossed in looking through all their designs.
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 blush

Summer Garden Throw by Agrarian Artisan

Summer Garden Throw by Agrarian Artisan

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