Clarice Gomes Interview Gift A-long 2019

Clarice Gomes Interview Gift A-long 2019

Clarice Gomes, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to a good friend of mine, Clarice Gomes, tell us a little about you Clarice.

I’m a fifty-something years old Portuguese woman with two grown-up sons and live in the Lisbon area. I have a full-time job in HR and a passion for designing knitting pieces, mainly shawls.

Marafado by Clarice Gomes

Marafado by Clarice Gomes

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

My Godmother taught me how to crochet when I was 6 and my Mom taught me to knit two or three years later. I still treasure the doll clothes I made back then!
While living with my parents, I knitted jumpers and pullovers for everybody at home, so now I avoid them.

What made you want to start designing?

As a young adult, I never followed knitting patterns for my projects. Magazines inspired me and taught me about shapes and stitches and I did the rest. When I restarted knitting, I discovered patterns and followed them eagerly. But at some point, it wasn’t enough.

The final thrust into designing was curiosity, realizing I could do it. And the restlessness of wanting something different, something that wasn’t available. And the will to prove that there is always a way to get the result you want. Or ten, you just have to choose your own.

Tertúlia by Clarice Gomes

Tertúlia by Clarice Gomes

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

After having knit the first sample, adjusting it to make it simpler and intuitive for others to knit.

What inspires you?

A new yarn, an unusual shape, browsing through knitting books and patterns – inspiration comes from unexpected places sometimes.
Despertares Shawl by Clarice Gomes

Despertares Shawl by Clarice Gomes

 

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

I’m a part-time designer only. Thinking about knitting and stitches and lace is one of the ways my brain uses to relax, so pretty much every free moment I dream of new patterns.

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

My favourite thing to design is shawls. I like the challenge of combining stitches in a way that looks natural like they were conceived just for that, even if they came from different sources or just my own thinking.
Aconchego by Clarice Gomes

Aconchego by Clarice Gomes

 

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

I don’t have much knitting time, I usually focus on working my samples. I wear them all especially the shawls, but sometimes gift one (shawl, cowl or hat) to close friends or family.
 

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

Surprise: a shawl!

Despertares by Clarice Gomes

Despertares by Clarice Gomes

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

Most yarns have something to say to me. But I love the colours of Dyed by Alfinete, an amazing Portuguese dyer.
I confess to having a weakness for single-ply yarns: give me Malabrigo Mechita and I’ll knit and design happily .

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

My favourite pattern is usually the one I just published, so, for now, it is Marafado. The word Marafado is a regionalism from Algarve (the south region of Portugal), and means playful, even elfish. That truly defines this pattern: when you think you know what to do next, you’re wrong, this time it’s different, it plays with you and surprises you and at the end presents you with a magnificent shawl.
Saltimbanco by Clarice Gomes

Saltimbanco by Clarice Gomes

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

I’m working with a yarn brand and this collaboration will result in a look book to be published in 2020, if all goes well.

What’s your favourite colour?

All but yellow.

Inverno by Clarice Gomes

Inverno by Clarice Gomes

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

It’s my 5th year already!
It’s an amazing group of crafters from all over the world, chatting, changing experiences and supporting each other in the most amazing ways.
One of the most enriching aspects is to get to know the persons behind the beautiful patterns of the event.
 

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

They all are inspiring and it’s difficult to point just a few.
I’ll start highlighting of our team leaders, like You Loraine, finding time in their busy schedules to devote top this project.
There are amazing crochet designers on the GAL, like Natalia Knonova. We end up with a new perspective of crochet following their work.
As for knitting, the way Lily Go combines lace with textures always surprises me as do the travelling stitches on Triona Murphy designs and the colour work of Sara Huntington Burch.
And so many others!

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

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

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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

 

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

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