Yvonne Becker Red and the Wolf Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019
Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Red and the Wolf, tell us a little about yourself please Yvonne (aka Selana).
How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?
I was taught crochet by my mother when I was a child, and knitting when I was a teenager – and as a teenager I completely lost interest in it. Then I was pregnant with my son about 15 years ago, and I saw all those cute handmade baby items that I couldn’t make. Well, I remembered that I had learned how to knit and crochet, bought myself a beginner’s book for each craft, some cheap yarn, crochet hook and knitting needles. It immediately clicked again – and to my surprise it was fun!
What made you want to start designing?
It wasn’t a conscious decision, to be honest. I just right away understood WHY and HOW things happened in knitting and crochet, so I made up things for my son all the time. Then people asked which pattern I had used, and I started to write the steps down. It all slowly evolved from there.
What’s you favourite part of the design process?
Definitely working up the design sample and see the yarn take on the shape I envisioned. It sometimes feels a bit like magic, to bend the yarn this way and that until I have a wearable item.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from many places – sometimes I see a yarn and know what to make with it, sometimes I want a garment or accessory with specific design elements. And then there’s nature, architecture, pieces of art, music, books – inspiration can come from everywhere.
Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?
Part time. I work mornings at a translation agency, afternoons and evenings are split between my duties as the mother of a teenager, the usual household chores and errands and design. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I have enough time, like I should be a full time designer – but I can’t afford to stop working in my day job yet.
Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?
I find that varies, though I tend to make a lot of shawls. I wear them a lot, basically all year long, so that definitely makes sense. But currently I’ve been bitten by the garment bug and want to design ALL THE SWEATERS! We’ll see how long that lasts, once I get to the task of grading for all kinds of sizes, as I want to be as size inclusive as I can
Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?
Most of my design samples end up being for myself – plus sometimes I just want to craft, without thinking about shaping and fit and other design elements. That’s when I work from other designer’s patterns. And of course the Giftalong, it’s the time of the year where I take a break from designing and exclusively work from other designers. That can be for myself or for gifts.
If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?
A shawl, or full gloves with fingers – I’m not too fond of making those fiddly parts.
Do you have a favourite yarn and why?
Not really, as there’s so many different yarns out there that all work great for different things. I think every yarn has its use, and whatever works with the project and makes me happy is my favourite for this project. That can be a cheap yarn, hand dyed silk or everything in between.
What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?
My Acute Angle shirt. I designed it to work with my body shape with wide hips, and made the sample in my favourite colour red. It’s as comfortable as a cotton tee, yet looks much more stylish and I even can wear it to work. Just, everything about it feels and looks right to me, and I wear it a lot. Those are always my favourite hand mades – the ones that get used all the time.
Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?
I’m currently working on a sweater design, that will be released next year, and it uses the most beautiful and soft handdyed cotton/bamboo yarn. It’s such a pleasure to work with the yarn, and I can already tell it will be a wardrobe basic for me.
What’s your favourite colour?
Red, which wasn’t that hard to guess, probably… and purple, though not all shades go with my currently red hair
Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?
Yes, several times, and it is always a wonderful experience. Of course I love to see people make my designs, but it is so fun to explore all the wonderful designs by other people and make them. Despite there being so many people, it is a place where I feel at home, with a great sense of community and lots of people who are willing to help if necessary. I’ve made some great friends there as well.
Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?
George Shaheen from 10 Hours or Less inspires me as a person – he is one of the highlights of the GAL in the forums and games, such a genuinely nice person with a great sense of humour. And he is a great, very creative designer of course.
Hunter Hammersen is such a creative person and designs such a wide variety of things – all with gorgeous photography as well.
Mary E. Rose designs the most beautiful lace shawls and is a genuinely friendly person, who is always ready to help, even when I have questions for my own designs.
I could list a lot more here, there is so much talent in the Giftalong, and there are so many wonderful people who put community first and don’t think of other designers strictly as competition.
How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?
Ravelry pattern store: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/red-and-the-wolf-designs
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