Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co Interview Gift A-long 2019

Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co Interview Gift A-long 2019

Fiona Langtry Re-Ve Design Co, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to a good friend of mine, Fiona Langtry of Re-Ve Design Co

Hi!  I’m Fiona (known as “Fi”).  I design crochet patterns for women, inspired by boho-chic styling.  I love styles that are colourful, comfortable and stylish, and you’ll often find that I use a hook that is larger than what is suggested for the yarn!

Shell B Mine Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Shell B Mine Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

 

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

My 2 grandmothers were both wonderful knitters and crocheters, yet I don’t know exactly who taught me to knit.  I remember my paternal Grandmother, Ruth, trying to teach me to crochet when I was around 10, but it really didn’t “take”. Knitting was my preference, and it stayed that way until I was in my 40s!

I help run a craft group attached to my church each week, and one of our ladies arrived, asking for help to crochet flowers for brooches.  She showed us what to do and I took them home to continue making… and haven’t really stopped crocheting ever since!   

What made you want to start designing?

Not so much “want”, but I never really loved following a pattern exactly!  When I discovered that I had created a beanie that liked to wear, I figured other people might like the pattern, so I wrote it down, got it Tech Edited, and published.

Re-V Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Re-V Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

The responses from people when they successfully complete a project using one of my patterns! 

If they’re also learning new stitches or techniques, they’ll often exclaim that they wish they’d learnt it 30 years ago (or something).

What inspires you?

The yarn.  It is always the driving force towards a pattern.  I will often start creating, without any real plan of the final result, but the YARN is the guide.  Sometimes, it’s the way the colors work; sometimes, it’s the texture or just what I’m in the mood for. 

Desert Dreams Poncho by Fiona Langtry

Desert Dreams Poncho by Fiona Langtry

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

I am a part-time worker, part-time mother & wife, and part-time designer.
Usually, if I’m crocheting (in the car, in my chair, in a waiting room, wherever), it’s a new design or a test make that’s on my hook… The beauty of crochet is that it’s so portable; but I’ll often have to start a NEW project for traveling with, if my main project has gotten too large.

Comfy Cuff Socks by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Comfy Cuff Socks by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I’d have to say gloves.  I went through a big poncho & cape stage in 2016, and 2019’s best-selling pattern is a poncho, BUT I still like sitting down and making gloves – fingerless, fingered, whichever; they’re something beautiful that I’ve enjoyed making for many years. 
Fine EasyFit FingerTip Gloves by Fiona Langtry  ReVe Design Co

Fine EasyFit FingerTip Gloves by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

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

For me, not really… nor do I have much NEED for myself.  It doesn’t get that cold here (rarely snows), nor do I have many places to wear beautiful things.
For gifts, not really, either – most of my family have expressed a distaste for crocheted items.

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

The fact that they spent the TIME to make it for me – I know how long crafting takes!
Fanfare Delight Cowl by Fiona Langtry  Published in ReVe Design Co

Fanfare Delight Cowl by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

Hmmm, now that is really hard!  It really depends on what I’m making! 
I love using Malabrigo yarns, because they’re so smooth and never split.  But Bendigo Woollen Mills’ cottons are amazing for their drape, colors and softness. I also love working with Crafty Housewife Yarns, Blackwattle Alpaca yarns, and almost anything I can get that is hand spun and/or hand dyed.

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

The “Valley Beanie” ties with my “EasyFit Mitts” for first place – I love making both these designs, and I also wear them both! 

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

My most recent pattern release is Nessa’s Choice Mitts/Mittens. 

Using chunky yarn, these are a really quick make, and the textures within them make them an interesting item to create, too!   The pattern was named after a lady called Nessa, who chose a pair of these gloves from a stack of about 20 pairs that I took to a business meeting.

Nessa's Choice Mitts by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Nessa’s Choice Mitts by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

What’s your favourite colour?

For years, I said Burgundy, but it’s been moving more towards Teal nowadays!

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

This is my 2nd GAL. I only heard about the Gift-a-long last year, and jumped right in!  I even earned an Opadoo making other peoples’ designs! 

I love that it’s an open opportunity for hundreds of designers to collectively engage with crafters, get to know what people really like making, and also get to know the crafters themselves!

Valley Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Valley Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

Every designer in the Gift A Long deserves praise!  I mean, to have twenty original designs is a major achievement!  I am inspired by almost every other design I see; I can’t choose just one.
This year, I’m making a creepy pillow by Darleen Hopkins, a shawl by Margo Bauman… probably more that I haven’t found / chosen yet.

Orchid Vest by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Orchid Vest by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

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

 

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Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

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Cheryl Chow Interview Gift A-long 2019

Cheryl Chow Interview Gift A-long 2019

Cheryl Chow, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting with a good friend of mine, Cheryl Chow who is a knit and crochet designer taking part in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long.  

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

My mom taught me to crochet and then knit when I was a teenager. Knitting was a real struggle for me … plastic needles, acrylic yarn, and sweaty hands don’t play well together! For the first few years I mostly crocheted but in college I got the hang of knitting and knit for most of my adult life until recently when I started to crochet again.

Fosen Shawl Cheryl Chow

Fosen Shawl Cheryl Chow

What made you want to start designing?

I started off designing free patterns for charity. I was a stay at home mom whose kids were in school and I wanted to do something to give back. When Ravelry started to allow patterns to be sold on their site I created a few patterns for sale to help fund my yarn habit. Designing just took off from there.
What’s your favourite part of the design process?

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

The math is what excites me the most about pattern writing. I just can’t wait to start a new spreadsheet and start all the calculations. I love the challenge of making the numbers work. I also love the knitting/crocheting too. Being able to touch the yarn and work it into something practical makes my day.

Strolling Cardigan Cheryl Chow

Strolling Cardigan Cheryl Chow

What inspires you?

I love the outdoors and grew up hiking, camping, and backpacking with my family. Many of my designs are green/blue and have leaf motifs. My friends give me a hard time … “not another green project”! Another influence is the Japanese culture. Their eye for balance and color is probably the most beautiful of any culture I’ve experienced.

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I don’t have a favourite thing to design. I like all the things and get bored easily with doing too much of the same.

Strand Up Hat Cheryl Chow

Strand Up Hat Cheryl Chow

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

Most of the patterns I design are things that I would use or wear. So yes, I do make things for myself but they are also samples for my shop.

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

Hmmm … that’s a hard one. I think I would love any type of amigurumi since I don’t tend to make these. And anything “sheep”!

Loeanneth Pullover Cheryl Chow

Loeanneth Pullover Cheryl Chow

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

Wool! Anything wool I love, especially the more rustic types of wool and specialty wool from unique sheep. I have the book Pure Wool by Sue Blacker and was initially amazed at how many different types of wool yarns are available.

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

Another tough question … probably my Waterfall Cardigan. I loved the challenge of working out the math for all the sizes and have the columns of cables line up with the lace at the hem. The fit is also really good for my body type and Beloved Yarn’s Magical Sport is gorgeous.

Waterfall Cardigan Cheryl Chow

Waterfall Cardigan Cheryl Chow

What’s your favourite colour?

Blue, green, teal are my favourites.

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

Yes! I love the Gift Along. This is my sixth year participating and I love seeing designers come together and support one another. Also, knitting/crocheting from other designers patterns is so relaxing. No need to work out the math or pay attention to the details, just follow the instructions and create a project.

Gilja Hat Cheryl Chow

Gilja Hat Cheryl Chow

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

There are so many amazing designers that participate each year, it’s hard to choose just a couple. I love Natalia Kononova’s (Outstanding Crochet) sense of style and many of her designs have leaves/flowers which I am always drawn to. And who can resist Sarah Schira’s (Imagined Landscapes) gnomes. They are all so cute!

Outstanding Crochet: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/natalia-kononova
Imagined Landscapes: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/sarah-schira

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

 

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

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Jenny Galusha-Luna of Kounting Sheep Interview Gift A-long 2019

Jenny Galusha-Luna of Kounting Sheep Interview Gift A-long 2019

Jenny Galusha-Luna of Kounting Sheep, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting with a good friend of mine, Jenny Galusha-Luna of Kountingsheep.

She’s a wife and mother of 3 who spends as much of her free time as she can find playing with yarn. She loves to share her passion for creativity and comfort through both the handmade items she makes and the knit and crochet patterns she designs.

Big Heart Baby Blanket by Kountingsheep

Big Heart Baby Blanket by Kountingsheep

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

My grandma was an avid crocheter and I wanted to carrying on her legacy, since it was something very meaningful to our family. I taught myself to crochet when I was 12, and then my sister helped me learn to knit a few years later. I also spin yarn, weave, and recently I’ve gotten back into Tunisian crochet.It sort of happened by accident. I used to post patterns on my first blog before I knew what “designing” really was. However, it wasn’t until I took the Initiate Knit Design Challenge by Aroha Knits in the spring of 2018 when I really started taking my designs more seriously.

Anna's Shawl by Kountingsheep

Anna’s Shawl by Kountingsheep

What made you want to start designing?

It sort of happened by accident. I used to post patterns on my first blog before I knew what “designing” really was. However, it wasn’t until I took the Initiate Knit Design Challenge by Aroha Knits in the spring of 2018 when I really started taking my designs more seriously.

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

Seeing other people make from my patterns. It never ceases to excite me.

Hoodlet by Jenny Galusha-Luna Kountingsheep

Hoodlet by Jenny Galusha-Luna Kountingsheep

What inspires you?

Making things for other people often inspires new designs. My children also inspire me; they love handmade things!

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

Not sure how to answer this since I’m always crafting and coming up with new design ideas. I’m a full time stay at home mom, so I fit designing into my life in between taking care of my family.

Green Gables Blanket by Jenny Galusha-Luna Kountingsheep

Green Gables Blanket by Jenny Galusha-Luna Kountingsheep

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

Blankets will always be my favorite to make and design. You can never have too many blankets! (Although my linen closet may disagree)

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

Not as much as I would like, but I try to make sure to set aside time for my own personal crafting on weekends and around holidays.

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

I rarely receive handmade gifts anymore, so honestly anything! Blankets and shawls would be at the top of the list.

Cuthbert Cowl by Kountingsheep Jenny Galusha-Luna

Cuthbert Cowl by Kountingsheep Jenny Galusha-Luna

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

I’m really into self-striping, gradient, and speckled yarns lately. I love lots of color, so the more colorful the better!

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

Big Heart Baby Blanket is one that I love to make over and over again as baby shower gifts. Avonlea Cowl is my favorite new design from 2019.

Miss Priss Hat by Kountingsheep Jenny Galusha-Luna

Miss Priss Hat by Kountingsheep Jenny Galusha-Luna

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

I already have the first half of 2020 planned out for designs, and I’m especially excited to release Part 2 of my Green Gables Collection in the Spring. Lots more blanket patterns coming, as well as my first knit shawl design.

What’s your favourite colour?

Purple! But I like lots of color and design with all different shades of the color wheel.

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

Last year was my first time participating as a designer and crafter, and I really loved the camaraderie among the designers behind the scenes to support each other. It’s encouraging to see a group that seeks out ways to uplift Indie designers and not just shamelessly self-promote.

Avonlea Cowl Jenny Galusha-Luna Kounting Sheep

Avonlea Cowl Jenny Galusha-Luna Kounting Sheep

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

Ruth Brasch and Rachy Newin have been inspiring me as fellow crochet designers.

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

 

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

Austermann Yarns, Baby Yarns, Debbie Bliss Yarns, Lanas Stop Yarns, Araucania Yarns, Schoeller & Stahl Yarns, Felting Yarns, Noro Yarns, DK Yarns, 4ply Yarns, Aran Yarns, Fur Yarns, James C Brett Yarns, Lion Brand Yarns

Agrarian Artisan Interview Gift A-long 2019

Agrarian Artisan Interview Gift A-long 2019

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

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

 

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

Austermann Yarns, Baby Yarns, Debbie Bliss Yarns, Lanas Stop Yarns, Araucania Yarns, Schoeller & Stahl Yarns, Felting Yarns, Noro Yarns, DK Yarns, 4ply Yarns, Aran Yarns, Fur Yarns, James C Brett Yarns, Lion Brand Yarns

Darleen Hopkins Interview Gift A-long 2019

Darleen Hopkins Interview Gift A-long 2019

Darleen Hopkins, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Darleen Hopkins, who is a crochet designer taking part in the Indie Design Gift A-Long.

Hello! Thank you so much for this opportunity.  I’m a crochet designer who designs a little bit of everything.  I believe life should be filled with laughter and love and my designs reflect that.  I’ve been married for going on 23 years now and have two boys/young men.  We live in beautiful north Georgia, US and can often be found hiking in the gorgeous nature that surrounds us.  We have been fortunate to have completed three cross-country road trips and have traveled, with the boys, to 49 states!  I’m not sure if I have actually crocheted in all those states, but it’s pretty close.   Now that the boys are growing up, my husband and I talk about traveling the US in an RV.  If we ever get one I’ll be sure to get one with plenty of room for yarn.    

Black Raspberry Shawl, Shawlette, Scarf by Darleen Hopkins

Black Raspberry Shawl, Shawlette, Scarf
by Darleen Hopkins

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

I initially learned to crochet when I was a child.  My sister taught me what she learned from lessons she took at the local library. I never did much then but retaught myself in 2005 using a booklet/hook kit.  It came back pretty quick.  In 2008 I taught myself to knit using online videos.  My dad had mentioned he tried to learn to knit in the 50s because he wanted a pair of knit argyle socks but wasn’t successful.  So I learned and made him a pair for his 80th birthday.  He just turned 90 and still wears them.  I haven’t knitted since as I have been too busy with crochet.

 Cute as a Button Baby Blanket © Darleen Hopkins

Cute as a Button Baby Blanket © Darleen Hopkins

What made you want to start designing?

Once I started crocheting I immediately began to experiment with patterns.  I’d want to see what would happen if I tried a different stitch or technique.  Then I started crocheting silly hats for a group that collected them for children going through chemo treatments.  They were hats that I made up making whatever came to mind.  I received a lot of complements on those hats and realized others may want to make them as well.  So I wrote out the patterns.  Then a friend of mine was getting married and I designed a throw blanket as a wedding gift.  On a whim I submitted the design to a crochet magazine and it was accepted for publication.  There was no stopping me at that point and I’ve been designing and writing patterns ever since.

I crochet when I can and love the creative outlet design offers me. 

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zinnia-votive

Zinnia Votive by Darleen Hopkins

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

I LOVE to design crochet patterns that are easy so that others may enjoy the craft as much as I do. It makes me so happy when crocheters send me or post online photos of projects made from my patterns.  Seeing completed projects made from my patterns is the best part of designing.   

What inspires you?

My family. When I look back at my design profile I see my family.  There are hats I designed for my boys to wear to silly hat day at school, hats designed specifically for my husband because he didn’t want anything tight on his head, blanket designs my mother suggested, designs I asked my kids to help with the math calculations, designs inspired by the extracurricular activities my kids participated in at school, family members as models, etc. I could go on and on.  I design for my family and my portfolio is a reflection of that.  
 
Christmas Elf Baby Bib by Darleen Hopkins

Christmas Elf Baby Bib
by Darleen Hopkins

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

Part-time.  Family is always priority.  And then there’s my job and my husband’s business and my contributions to that, and the household chores and obligations….I crochet and design when I can fit it in.  

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

While I love designing all sorts of items, I really love designing baby blankets.  Who doesn’t love making things for babies?  We received some amazing handmade baby blankets as gifts when our boys were born so maybe that is why I love to design them so much.  And there’s so many options.  They can be simple or complex, sweet or silly, gender specific or gender neutral.  Lots of options.
 
Patchwork Baby Kitty Throw Blanket by Darleen Hopkins

Patchwork Baby Kitty Throw Blanket by Darleen Hopkins

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

Very little.  It is just a few days before Christmas and I still have to make the very small stocking stuffers I plan to make for my boys!

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

A potholder!  I LOVE potholders!  And the sillier they are, the better.  Potholders are used everyday, they can be made with scraps, and you can never have too many.  I participated in a couple potholder swaps before and really enjoyed seeing what everyone came up with.   I hope to get back to the group in 2020. 
 
Owl Always Love You Amigurumi by Darleen Hopkins

Owl Always Love You Amigurumi by Darleen Hopkins

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

In general, I love cotton and cotton blends.  Probably my favorite yarn is one that is, unfortunately, no longer available.  It was an organic, colorgrown cotton.  The yarn came in a variety of tans and greens, all of which were the natural color of the cotton.  I never knew cotton grew in colors other than white.  When I first started crocheting I made a huge log cabin style throw blanket, all in hdc, in this yarn. It took forever but is super soft and great to snuggle under.

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

There are many designs that have stories behind them on how the came to be but I believe my favorite is the Patchwork Baby Kitty Blanket.  My youngest son suggested the design and was a significant helper in the design process.  I wrote a blog post about it. (link:  https://crochetbydarleenhopkins.com/2016/03/20/the-story-behind-the-baby-kitty-patchwork-throw-blanket-crochet-pattern/)
 
Peppermint Pals Hot Pad Set by Darleen Hopkins

Peppermint Pals Hot Pad Set by Darleen Hopkins

 

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

I wasn’t able to do much designing in 2019 but I did manage to publish a pattern that had been “in the queue” for some time. The Cute as a Button Baby Blanket (see above).  Aren’t all babies cute as a button?  And I’m working on a design for dog lovers.  It’ll be a blanket but that is all I can reveal at this time.  I hope to publish it in early 2020.  (link:  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cute-as-a-button-baby-blanket)

What’s your favourite colour?

I love blues and anything that goes with blues-greens, purples and berry colors.

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

I’ve participated in the Indie Gift Along every year since the beginning. I’d love to be more involved as time allows.  I love the camaraderie among the designers and the interaction with the participants.  The Indie Gift Along is great and I look forward to it every year.
 
Blue Rivers Hat by Darleen Hopkins

Blue Rivers Hat by Darleen Hopkins

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

In general I’m really inspired by the first time participates-the ones who worked hard publishing patterns so they would have the minimum number of patterns available in order to participate.  It’s a great motivator as the event can be a lot of fun for all involved.  Another great thing about the Indie Gift Along is learning about other designers.  I’ve discovered some amazing, talented people every year.  One designer that really stood out to me this year is Irina Mulyavko.  Her amigurumi work is about the cutest I’ve ever seen. (link:https://www.ravelry.com/designers/irina-mulyavko)

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

 

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

Austermann Yarns, Baby Yarns, Debbie Bliss Yarns, Lanas Stop Yarns, Araucania Yarns, Schoeller & Stahl Yarns, Felting Yarns, Noro Yarns, DK Yarns, 4ply Yarns, Aran Yarns, Fur Yarns, James C Brett Yarns, Lion Brand Yarns

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