Emma Sadler Interview Gift A-long 2019

Emma Sadler Interview Gift A-long 2019

Emma Sadler, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Emma Sadler, aka esadler tell us a little about yourself please Emma.

I am married to Phil and have two teenage children. We have a gorgeous but crazy GSD called Arthur. I am originally from Hayling Island in Hampshire on the south coast. We moved to North Yorkshire 16 years ago and I love the beautiful countryside.

Keep yourself alive by Emma Sadler

Keep yourself alive by Emma Sadler

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?

My nan taught me to knit when I was around 6 or 7. I used to knit one row, and she would knit the next because I always thought it was too hard to go backwards.

I knitted right up until I was about 19 or 20 but then I stopped and I’m not really sure why. I didn’t pick up my needles again until I was in my mid 30s. I was off work for a few months and I went shopping to a craft store with my parents and came home with needles and wool. It was like riding a bike! The rhythm of knitting was soothing and I haven’t gone more than a day or two without knitting since.

What made you want to start designing?

I started designing about 6 years ago. There weren’t the kinds of patterns out there for what I wanted to make, and I also found that I didn’t like following instructions. So I started to design my own things.
Autumn Cape by Emma Sadler

Autumn Cape by Emma Sadler

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

I like to make lots of different kinds of things. I certainly don’t like to make the same thing again and again as I get very bored, very easily. I enjoy the knitting part of designing the most. I have to write the pattern straight on to the computer as I go, otherwise I find I have loads of scribbled notes in a book that make no sense to me at all.
 

What inspires you?

I used to knit a lot of things that my daughter would wear, like headbands, boot toppers and scarves. She is less interested in wearing my designs as she gets older and so I mainly knit things for myself now. I love hats and cowls. I don’t really like to purl, so if I can just knit then that suits me. This means I have started to design more things in the round rather than flat as I used to.
Doing Great by Emma Sadler

Doing Great by Emma Sadler

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

I was designing full time. But as my kids have grown older I found I was becoming a little lonely spending all day and evening on my own. My husband works away for many weeks at a time and I decided to take a part time job in the local further education college. I only work 13 hours a week because my son has autism and so I am his carer. But this gives me a little bit of time out of the home and with other people. It means that going forward I might not be able to design as much as I have previously, but I think that it has been good for me.

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I like to make lots of different kinds of things. I certainly don’t like to make the same thing again and again as I get very bored, very easily. I enjoy the knitting part of designing the most. I have to write the pattern straight on to the computer as I go, otherwise I find I have loads of scribbled notes in a book that make no sense to me at all.

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

I used to knit a lot of things that my daughter would wear, like headbands, boot toppers and scarves. She is less interested in wearing my designs as she gets older and so I mainly knit things for myself now. I love hats and cowls. I don’t really like to purl, so if I can just knit then that suits me. This means I have started to design more things in the round rather than flat as I used to.
Clan Fraser Boot Cuffs by Emma Sadler

Clan Fraser Boot Cuffs by Emma Sadler

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

If someone was to make something for me, I would like it to be an item that I couldn’t make myself. I have basic crochet skills, so I would love some crochet amigurumi. My favourite animal is a giraffe, so I would love it if I was gifted one. Or a brioche shawl. I love the look of it but I haven’t had time to master the technique yet.

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

My favourite weight yarn would be 4-ply or DK. I love how quickly chunky knits up, but I prefer the material made from a finer yarn. I was gifted a skein of malabrigo rios last year which I used to make a hat for myself. It was so soft and I loved the colours. I think that is probably the nicest yarn I have worked with so far. But there are many gorgeous ones out there I have yet to get my hands on!

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

I think my favourite design of my own is Spring in Robin Hood’s bay. I love the panels of lace and stocking stitch and the way the 4-ply yarn drapes. I made the sample in grey and so it goes with most of my outfits too!
 
Spring in Robin Hood's Bay by Emma Sadler

Spring in Robin Hood’s Bay by Emma Sadler

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

I have two jumpers which are in various stages of design. They are both 4-ply and made from sock yarn. I love the way the sock yarn knits up into clever stripes, but I wanted to explore how the colours looked when worked in the round on a bigger number of stitches. I am hoping to be able to release the first in January.
 
I have plans to go back over some of my older patterns in the new year and re-visit them. I want to re-write the patterns to make sure they are clear, add charts if possible and make new samples in alternative yarns. I would also like to make some in different weight yarns. For example, Mathilde is a scarf made in laceweight, but I have been asked for it in DK, so I would like to be able to do that soon.

What’s your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is blue. All shades from blue blue, to green blue, grey blue, teals and navy colours. One of the things I especially love to see when knitters make one of my patterns is the colour wool they pick because if I had my way everything would be made in blue.

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

This is my fourth year as a Participating Designer in the Indie Gift-A-Long. I love the community spirit. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I mainly hang out in the general chat thread, and I love to see what everyone is planning to make and the progress pictures. I use the time every year to learn new techniques or master something I find I am less confident in. This year I am concentrating on fair isle. I can knit colour work but I have never steeked before. Hopefully I won’t be able to say that by then end of the GAL 2019!

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

There are many designers that inspire me! I love the amazing lace shawls by Mary E Rose. I cannot resist a great hat, and Allison Janocha has some amazing ones. I have enjoyed making projects by Jessie McKitrick both in this and past GALs. And I am in awe of the stitch patterns created by Melissa Burke.

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

I am @allneedles on IG and FB.
And my designer page is here – https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler

My new website is https://emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk

 

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Jessie Ksanznak Yarn Over New York Interview Gift A-long 2019

Jessie Ksanznak Yarn Over New York Interview Gift A-long 2019

Jessie Ksanznak Yarn Over New York, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Jessie Ksanznak, aka yarnovernewyork tell us a little about yourself please Jessie.

Stairmaster Scarf by Jessie Ksanznak

Stairmaster Scarf
by Jessie Ksanznak

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?

I learned to crochet from my mom as a young child. Then nearly 30 years later, I learned to knit, design and dye in rapid succession. 

What made you want to start designing?

I’ve always been a kind of engineer. Creating my projects has been a lifestyle. Writing it down was the big step. 

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

Knitting and crocheting. Figuring out how to make things work. 
Who Are You Socks by Jessie Ksanznak

Who Are You Socks
by Jessie Ksanznak

What inspires you?

Nature and music, mostly. 

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

I am a full-time indie dyer and like that designing can fit in nicely as a side hustle. 

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

Socks! Because they are totally the most fun thing to knit and wear.

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

I pretty much only have time to knit and crochet samples for my yarn and designs. 

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

Socks, of course. 

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

My own… 🙂  I love working with hand-dyed yarn in general and my yarn s specifically because it so lovely to experience a more expanded experience in the creation of a finished object. When I put the dye on the yarn. I can imagine how the colors will interact both in the pan and on the needles. I enjoy texture, but I cherish color.

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

I love my Fifth Floor Walk Up Poncho. I love the clever construction and endless striping options. 
Fifth Floor Walk Up Poncho by Yarn Over New York

Fifth Floor Walk Up Poncho by Yarn Over New York

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

I recently revamped my “Who Are You Socks” and am happy to announce that a toe-up version will be coming soon as well.

What’s your favourite colour?

Orange and rainbow. 

 

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

Yes, I’ve done a few years. And I love finding new (to me) designers and fun new designs to knit.

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

I am always inspired by Rachy Newin Designs. Her crochet talent is unrivaled.

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

 

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Tanja Luescher Interview Gift A-long 2019

Tanja Luescher Interview Gift A-long 2019

Tanja Luescher Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Tanja Luescher, aka Wusel1811 tell us a little about yourself please Tanja.

I’m a knitting designer living in Switzerland with my husband and our three cats. When I’m not knitting, I spin, sew, play the piano or on the computer or read. 🙂

Belt Welt Cowl by Tanja Luescher

Belt Welt Cowl by Tanja Luescher

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?

My mother taught me as a child, but I really got into it as a young adult when I met my now husband. We had a long distance relationship and whenever we were waiting at the train station, his hands were super cold. So I decided to learn to knit and make him mittens. He never wore them (or anything hand knit apart from socks), but I stuck both with him and the knitting 😀

What made you want to start designing?

I started designing for mystelf quite soon, I’m really small and wanted something that fits me. I took a class about shawl design and that made me publish my first pattern 🙂

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

I love most of them 🙂 But a wonderful part is seeing testers make my design. I love when they are happy with something that I have created 🙂

What inspires you?

Everything. A nice ball of yarn, a beautiful stitch pattern, a picture or just the thought that I urgently need new socks. 🙂

Tigi's Shawl by Tanja Leuscher

Tigi’s Shawl by Tanja Leuscher

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

I’m a full-time designer. My husband got retired early and I love that I can work from home and be with him. My work either happens on the sofa or in my little “yarn office”.

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

Shawls. Definitely shawls 🙂 They are just so pretty, so versatile. I love shawls. <3

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

I try to do at least some personal knitting all year round and I usually succeed in taking the GAL mostly off so I can enjoy it and make some gifts. The most knitworthy people in my life, my Dad and my FIL, both live in heaven now, but I usually make something for my husband, his sister and a neighbor / friend. The other gifts are just for me 😀

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

I’d say socks <3 I love handknit socks and you can never have too much of them. Also, my feet are tiny, so it’s not too much to ask for 🙂

Pepsi's Pi Shawl by Tanja Luescher

Pepsi’s Pi Shawl by Tanja Luescher

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

Apart from the classics like Malabrigo or Madelinetosh, I love all yarns from Drops and I can never pass by a pretty ball of sock yarn 🙂 Drops is affordable and good quality and variegated or self-striping sock yarns are just so cute <3

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

That’s like asking which child is my favorite 😀 Luckily, I actually have some designs tributed to my four-legged children, so I can say I love everything included in the cat collection. There’s Pawprints on my Heart, a tribute to our Lena who had to cross the rainbow bridge, there’s Tig’s Shawl, Pepsi’s Pi Shawl and Grautier Cowl or Scarf. For these three I’ve created stitch patterns based on words describing the character of the cats – like a secret code. There’s one piece still missing in the collection, Orangina’s Shawl will come out next year.

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

Right now, I’m proud to have finished How to read Charts – a detailed ebook teaching people how to read charts and letting them try out their new skills on a collection of quick patterns – also perfect for gift knitting – from a simple knit/purl cowl to a lace cowl with patterning on both sides. I spent several years dreaming about making this and this time it finally happened!

What’s your favourite colour?

Red, orange, blue, especially autumn tones <3

Pillars of Light Hat by Tanja Luescher

Pillars of Light Hat by Tanja Luescher

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

I discovered the GAL in 2014 and have been a participating designer every year since then. I love the camaraderie, among the designers and among all the participants. It’s such a fun (and crazy) time of the year <3

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

I’ve met my best friends because of the GAL. Mary E Rose is incredibly talented, Annina from the Artesanitarium is super creative, or check out Yvonne from Red and the Wolf Designs – I love her style <3

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

 

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Lena Mathisson Interview Gift A-long 2019

Lena Mathisson Interview Gift A-long 2019

Lena Mathisson Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Lena Mathisson, tell us a little about yourself please Lena.

I have been knitting and designing my own knitwear since I was 16, but it’s only in the last few years that I have published designs. Ponytail hats with an integrated button band are my original specialty. I had been making those for myself for a long time, because sometimes I wear a high ponytail and sometimes a low ponytail, and sometimes I even switch mid-day. I was curious to see if other people were doing the same, but didn’t find any similar designs on Ravelry. 

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?

A friend taught me in her basement when we were in high school. We went to college together, too, so we knitted side by side for quite a while.

What made you want to start designing?

Finally my daughter said, “Why don’t you just publish your own?” So I did! Now I have patterns for lots of other things, and have also conducted three mermaid-themed shawl mystery knitalongs, as well as publishing a size-inclusive beginner-friendly hoodie pattern.

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

I always have several test knitters for every pattern. I so appreciate when they suggest ways to make a pattern better, and it makes me so happy when they are pleased with the end product. I was really concerned that my Driftwood, Sand, and Sky hoodie, which goes up to a 64”/ 160 cm bust, might not fit as well in the larger sizes, but it turned out to be fine. It made me so, so happy to see those testers wearing their nicely-fitting hoodies.

What inspires you?

I don’t exactly know, but I wake up thinking about yarn and knitting patterns all the time.

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

I am a part-time designer. I think about knitting a lot, though!

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I really love hats. I love the coziness of putting on a hat and will wear one as soon as there is the slightest briskness in the air, and sometimes indoors, too. And they have so much flexibility in the yarn you can use as far as weight and color, and they are financially accessible even to knitters on a tight budget.

Saxony Hat by Lena Mathisson

Saxony Hat by Lena Mathisson

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

I usually have several wips going, and lately I have tried to always have one thing on the needles for myself. Right now I am kind of cheating on that, though, because the wip for me is also a design in development.

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

Probably mittens or socks, because I don’t make those things for myself. Or amigurumi! Those are so cute.

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

A few years ago at a fiber festival I splurged on a single small skein of angora. It was so, so soft! It’s definitely not an everyday yarn, but wearing the cowl I made out of it is like wearing a cozy cloud.

Delicate Grace Hat by Lena Mathisson

Delicate Grace Hat by Lena Mathisson

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

Ooh, tough question! Probably the thing getting the most love at the moment in my own life is a Ridges slouch hat which I wear almost every day, often indoors. But the Driftwood, Sand, and Sky hoodie is the design effort that makes me the happiest, because all of the work of grading nine sizes and providing detailed modification options has allowed a lot of knitters to make a garment for themselves for the first time and actually be happy with it. Every once in a while I pull up the pictures of knitters smiling in their hoodies, just because it makes me smile, too.

Driftwood, Sand, and Sky Hoodie by Lena Mathisson

Driftwood, Sand, and Sky Hoodie
by Lena Mathisson

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

One of my recent designs is the Delicate Grace Hat, which has a fun twisted ribbing and a very un-demanding eyelet pattern for the body of the hat. I actually had this design in mind for several years, specifically for some yarn left over from a long-ago project. It turned out just the way I envisioned and I wear the hat all the time.

What’s your favourite colour?

I just love the colors of water, soft aquas and seafoam green. But I also have a soft spot for ballet pink; that’s the color of yarn that I used for the Delicate Grace Hat sample, which I had saved for that purpose, left over from another favorite project.

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 participating designer and it is so much fun! My favorite part is feeling the connection with other members of the fiber community. I like seeing the recipes, too.

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

I love Triona Murphy’s hat designs. The way she arranges the stitches produces true art. And Mrsmumpitz designs the cutest animal toys! I really appreciate seeing the way other designers manipulate the yarn to create such enchanting effects, in such different ways.

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

Facebook: Softyarn Designs (www.facebook.com/softyarndesigns/)
Ravelry pattern store: lenarye/ Softyarn Designs (www.ravelry.com/designers/lena-mathisson)
Instagram: @softyarndesigns (www.instagram.com/softyarndesigns/)
Pinterest: Softyarn Designs (www.pinterest.com/softyarndesigns/boards/)
 

 

 

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Kari Helene Rane Interview Gift A-long 2019

Kari Helene Rane Interview Gift A-long 2019

Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview with Kari Helene Rane

Isis Tailcoat by Kari Helene Rane

Isis Tailcoat by Kari Helene Rane

Today we’re chatting to a good friend of mine, Kari Helene Rane, over to you Kari, tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Kari-Helene and I am a Norwegian living in the UK with my little family consisting of my husband, 2 year old daughter and a crazy dog.

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?

My mum and my grandma taught me when I was little but I never actually completed a knitted garment until I was 22 and at university.

What made you want to start designing?

I think I always had a passion for design. I made clothes for my dolls when I was little and created themed collections for my paper dolls. It wasn’t until I worked in a haberdashery as a 20 year old and met someone who was a fashion designer that I realised you could do that for a living!

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

It’s hard to pick just one favourite, every part has its charm, but I do love the photoshoot when I get to see how my ideas have come together for that final look.

Muna Jumper by Kari Helene Rane

Muna Jumper by Kari Helene Rane

What inspires you?

Vintage 30s – 40s and 50s fashion.

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

I am trying to be a part time mum and a full time designer which sometimes mean I am not doing particularly well at either…

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

This will always depend on how efficient I am…

Maddie Children's Dress by Kari Helene Rane

Maddie Children’s Dress by Kari Helene Rane

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

I have never designed or knitted a shawl and I don’t think I ever will, so I would love a nice shawl I could wrap up in over the winter months.

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

At the moment my favourite is Beyul from Kettle Yarn Co. So deliciously soft and such beautiful colours.

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

I’m just finishing my own Muna Jumper and I am so excited about it. I think I am going to live in it!  See above for photo showing the neck details.

Seil Coat by Kari Helene Rane

Seil Coat by Kari Helene Rane

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

My most recent release is the Seil Coat and I designed this when I won Designer of the year in Knit Now magazine.

What’s your favourite colour?

Is grey a colour? If so, grey!

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

Yes, this is my fourth time and I love the cross promotional aspect of the event. Everyone is so good at supporting each other!

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

I have recently come to love Hunter Hammersen’s little ornaments. I’m usually not one for tiny knits, but her trees, stars and acorns are adorable!

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

 

 

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Shawls Favourites Indie Design Gift A-long 2019

Shawls Favourites Indie Design Gift A-long 2019

Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Shawl Favourites

I’ve been having a good look at all the designers for the Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 and found my Shawl favourites from this year’s patterns.   I hope you love them as much as I do.  I’ve included a photo, a link and why I like the particular pattern.  

Shake it up Shawl by Anna Johanna

I loved this shawl pattern, Shake it up by Anna Johanna.   I love it for a couple of reasons, anyone who knows me well would laugh, but partly because of the asymmetry and my desire to always stand out.   But, I think I fell in love with the soft/muted colours and the gentle contrast of this particular shawl design.  It has texture, colourwork, asymmetry and is an absolute stunner of a shawl.

Shake it up Shawl by Anna Johanna

Shake it up Shawl by Anna Johanna

Beeswax Shawl by Amy Van De Laar

Another shawl pattern added to my queue, this shawl is by Amy Van De Laar and goes with her Beeswax set.  I made the hat a few years ago and wear it a lot in Winter.   How could I not fall in love with the accompanying Beeswax Shawl and it’s cute hive pattern?  I do have some mustard/gold coloured yarn that would be perfect for this shawl.  I need more hours in the day!

Beeswax Shawl by Amy Van De Laar

Beeswax Shawl by Amy Van De Laar

Smriti Shawl by Nidhi Kansal

This beautiful shawl pattern, Smriti by Nidhi Kansal, is so elegant and graceful.  Look at the drape and shaping of it, I can see Audrey Hepburn wearing this with a sheath dress, heels and a fabulous hat, can’t you?   

Smriti Shawl by Nidhi Kansal

Smriti Shawl by Nidhi Kansal

From the Ashes Shawl by Rachy Newin

Time for a bit of crochet with From The Ashes Shawl by Rachy Newin.  I know many of you are big fans of Rachy Newin.  Rachy has gone to great lengths to show that crochet is worthy of the most amazing yarns, gradients and colour combinations and I love to see what she comes up with next.

From the Ashes Shawl

From the Ashes Shawl

Rauli by Marie Amelie

I love this photo, the contrast of the cold background and the rich, warmth of the mustard/gold/yarn.  Absolutely stunning shawl from Marie Amelie called Rauli, it’s brioche for all you brioche nuts out there.  You know you want to!

Rauli Shawl by Marie Amelie

Rauli by Marie Amelie

Violet’s Garden Shawl by Michele DuNaier

I wanted to find more crochet shawls and this darling design by Michele DuNaier leapt off the page.  It’s one of her Downton Abbey inspired designs and this is Violet’s Garden Shawl.  I love anything purple so the colour was a winner for me, but the texture and pattern is fabulous.  

Violet's Garden Shawl

Violet’s Garden Shawl

Moraine Shawl by Abbyeknits

I love the colour blocking and the changes of texture/pattern with each colour change of this particular shawl.  The designer is a wizard with cables, check out her hats and cardigans to see more, but this is beautiful.  It helps that it’s Autumnal, rich shades and I’m a Autumn.   Cannot resist it!

Moraine Shawl by Abbyeknits

Moraine Shawl by Abbyeknits

Dragonfly’s Path by Jennifer Weissman

I saw this in the Shawls thread and loved the border cables, such fabulous design and texture.  It makes me want to wear it straight away.  

Dragonfly's Path Shawl by Jennifer Weissman

Dragonfly’s Path Shawl by Jennifer Weissman

Koi Pool by Nim Teasdale

I could have chosen any pattern from Nim’s amazing range, but this one drew me in with colours I can’t resist.   This one is mosaic knitting but is really colourwork stripes with slipped stitches so you only work with one colour at a time.  It can be used to create amazing patterns and is so much easier than stranding when you’re starting out.  

Koi Pool Shawl by Nim Teasdale

Koi Pool Shawl by Nim Teasdale

The Pink Arch by Paola Albergamo

Paola has an awesome eye for colour and her designs always stand out in any crowd but for all the right reasons.  This one features brioche, stripes and a bit of lace, lots of fun for the money and you’ll learn a lot knitting it.

That Pink Arch

That Pink Arch by Paola Albergamo

Every Witch Way by Barbara Benson

Who can resist that pattern name?  Not me, so it’s here.  I love that Barbara has created a simple shawl that allows a highly variegated skein of yarn to shine.  I’m not the only one who has a ton of them with no clue what to knit or crochet.   Now you know, Every Witch Way but lose, right?

Every Witch Way by Barbara Benson

Every Witch Way by Barbara Benson

Aysgarth by Kathryn Folkerth

Whatever is headed for my needles next!

Aysgarth by Kathryn Folkerth

Aysgarth by Kathryn Folkerth

Alright by Talitha Kuomi

Talitha’s designs definitely have an urban, edgy feel to them, just like the designer.  Clean lines, blocks of colour and clever use of shape and drape for a modern look.   I love this shawl, it’s unapologetic in it’s lines, stern and yet quietly confident. It definitely says you’re alright, whatever life throws at you.

alright by Talitha Kuomi

alright by Talitha Kuomi

Seaweed Swirl by Ruth Brasch

A bit of crochet this time and I do love the drape and shaping on this simple shawl from Ruth Brasch, it’s clever in it’s use of highly variegated yarns and whips them into submission.   No more dreaming of what to do with that skein you sit and pet or stare at, never quite know what it wants to be.  I’m tell you, it needs to be a Seaweed Swirl!

Seaweed Swirl by Ruth Brasch

Seaweed Swirl by Ruth Brasch

 

Gokyo by Allison Janocha

I remember Allison designing this shawl and I’ve loved it ever since.  Inspired by the Himalayas and using a yarn called Mr Darcy, I’d have thought this was every woman’s and some men’s dream?   Either way, the changing textures to represent the landscape and the cute knitted edging speak to my heart.  

Gokyo by Allison Janocha

Gokyo by Allison Janocha

 

Drifting Waves by Emily Lipa

Whatever is headed for my needles next!

Drifting Waves by Emily Lipa

Drifting Waves by Emily Lipa

 

Diamond Mine by Kate Poe

I love the simple design, the pretty lace panel in the centre and the name, what girl wouldn’t want a diamond mine?  I have the pattern and I’ve made this for my Mum using some superwash sock yarn, she loves it and claimed it the second she saw it.

Diamond Mine by Kate Poe

Diamond Mine by Kate Poe

Open Ocean by 10HoursOrLess

Whatever is headed for my needles next!

Open Ocean by 10hoursorless

Open Ocean by 10hoursorless

 

 

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