Kari Helene Rane Interview Gift A-long 2019

Seil Cardigan by Kari Helene Rane

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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Knitter, crocheter, Mum to Jake. Lives in Cumbria with our 2 chocolate Labradors, knits, designs knitting and crochet patterns, develops and builds websites and enjoys digital marketing.

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