10HoursOrLess Interview Gift A-long 2019

10HoursOrLess Interview Gift A-long 2019

10HoursOrLess, Indie Design Gift ALong 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to knit and crochet designer 10HoursOrLess who is also a Mod for the Indie Gift Along, tell us a little about yourself please George.

Flurry of Foliage by 10hoursorless

Flurry of Foliage by 10hoursorless

 

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

When I was 12 years old, I found a long-forgotten “How to Crochet” book alongside an old skein of yarn and hook stuffed into the living room closet. From that, I taught myself the basics of crochet. Shortly thereafter, I learned to knit from a book I borrowed from my local library.

Open Ocean Shawl by 10hoursorless

Open Ocean Shawl by 10hoursorless

What made you want to start designing?

I was always fascinated by the process of turning yarn into fabric. But just a few months after learning to knit and crochet, I became bored with the patterns available to me. So I started to use the schematics from my favorite patterns as a template to design my own. And a year later, when I was 13, I sold my first knitting pattern – a baby jacket – to an American yarn company!

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

The initial inception, when an idea first takes hold and the possibilities are endless: What fibers? What patterns? What colors? What shapes? It’s a magical time when I begin to see a design take shape much like a movie in my head.

Chorus of Cats Hat by 10hoursorless

Chorus of Cats Hat by 10hoursorless

What inspires you?

Nature. At this point in my life, I appreciate the clear mind and quiet reflection that comes with hiking Florida’s forest trails surrounded by trees, ponds and wildlife. Since I left the city over a decade ago, I’ve come to really “see” and appreciate the wonders around me. That not only inspires my designs, but my everyday life as well.

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

I’m a full-time designer and publisher. And that suits me perfectly. I’m my own boss. I control my own time. I do what I want, where I want, when I want. If it’s a beautiful day, I might spontaneously stop work in late morning and then drive to the coast for the afternoon. If I’ve spent the day hiking, I might decide to come home and design until midnight. Every day is new. Every day is different. And that’s how I like it.

Fisherman's Fabric by 10hoursorless

Fisherman’s Fabric by 10hoursorless

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I actually don’t. And I’ll tell you why: I get bored very easily.

Being a designer allows me to immerse myself in one type of project and subsequently move on to an entirely different one thereafter. A month of working with wool will have me yearning for cotton or silk. A couple of knitted designs will eventually give way to thinking about crochet. After a succession of bulky projects, I’m ready for sport or fingering weight work. So I guess my “favorite thing to design” is whatever I’m working on at the time.

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

Since I spend my work time immersed in knitting or crochet, I never pick up the needles or hooks otherwise. Living in Florida, I much prefer to spend my free time in the active outdoors. So while I do have time to make things for myself and for others, I never do.

Penguins on Parade by 10hoursorless

Penguins on Parade by 10hoursorless

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

Definitely an afghan. Any style. Any kind. To me, there’s something quite comforting about a handmade afghan that goes beyond function or aesthetics. In fact, my aunt made an oversized afghan for me over 40 years ago – and it’s currently sitting atop my bed.

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

I don’t have a favorite yarn per se, but I do have a favorite type. My favorite type is natural, non-superwash wool. The way it feels. The way it flows through my hands. The way it settles into the stitches. And the way it ultimately comes alive during the first wash and block.

Stag Season by 10hoursorless

Stag Season by 10hoursorless

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

I love all my “children” equally. Even the ugly ones. 🙂

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

That’s an interesting question – and a timely one. Especially since I’ve chosen to use the month of December to reassess my business direction. At this point, I don’t know whether I’ll continue the 10 Hours or Less™ brand as it is, expand it into other areas (like sewing and quilting) or add another entirely different brand to my portfolio. And that I don’t yet know. So stay tuned!

What’s your favourite colour?

Would you believe I don’t have one? The palettes I’m drawn to depend entirely on my mood at the time, which can lean toward soft neutrals or rustic heathers or deep jewel tones or electric neons.

Lace Labyrinth by 10hoursorless

Lace Labyrinth by 10hoursorless

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

Without a doubt, what I love most is being on the Moderator Team. The intelligence, competence and humor of the GAL moderators is second-to-none. We come from different walks of life, different corners of the globe, and yet work seamlessly together. Every year, I get so much more out of being a GAL moderator than I ever give back.

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

There are so many! But to name a few that stand out to me in specific categories:

Classic: Nina Machlin Dayton (Therese Hat – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/therese-hat-2)
Contemporary: Christelle Nihoul (Bel Ami Shawl – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bel-ami)
Lacework: Lily Go (Proud as a Peacock Shawl – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/proud-as-a-peaco…)
Patterning: Barbara Benson (Courant Stole – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/courant-3)
Whimsy: Loraine (Santa Tea Cozies – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/santa-tea-cozies…)

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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Quick links to our shop

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