Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview with Tamara Moots
Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Tamara Moots, tell us a little about yourself please Tamara.
Tamara has over 80 patterns available through Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Knit Picks, WEBS, Love of Knitting magazine, Knit Now magazine and others. When she’s not designing or knitting, she raises two boys and travels whenever she can manage.
How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?
I was a weaver before I was a knitter. My friend Sherri taught me how to knit by starting me on a simple rolled brim hat in the round. I loved it so much that eventually I sold my loom to buy more yarn!
What made you want to start designing?
I love the idea of carving out a career for myself doing something I love.
What’s you favourite part of the design process?
I love the math and the thought process from idea to finished project and I really, really love the brain power it takes to turn one size into 6 or 7 sizes in a finished pattern. I know that sounds a little geeky but I don’t mind – many of my friends are engineers, programmers or mathematicians and most are board game players. So I’m in good company!
What inspires you?
Colors and textures. I almost always start dreaming about a knit from the color first and then textures come next and shapes come later.
Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?
I have been a full-time designer. The flexibility of being self-employed is great for keeping up with family life and raising boys. In 2020 I’m looking at taking an outside job and changing to a part-time designer.
Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?
I love to design sweaters. And I love to design cowls. Sweaters because I love the math. Cowls because they are so easy to wear as a pop of knitting and are relatively quick projects to knit.
Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?
I almost never have time to knit things just for fun. That is one of the reasons I love the GAL – it helps me make it a priority to knit other people’s designs. Plus the added bonus of finished pretties to put in the holiday gift basket!
If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?
Maybe mittens. I’m always wearing mittens and trying to give loved ones mittens to keep their hands warm.
Do you have a favourite yarn and why?
I love yarn but I don’t really have a favorite yarn. I do have favorite types of yarn! I love wool and wool blends that hold stitch definition well for cables. And I love deep saturated colors.
What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?
I actually really love my Ren Fest Shawl that came out this month. I love the top down construction, the cables and the really generous wing span so it wraps nicely around the shoulders and upper body. It is cozy and warm! I didn’t actually get to wear it on our trip to the Ren Fest this year because the day we went was unseasonably warm. But I keep finding other occasions to wear it.
Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?
This is new. A friend and I just recorded our first test podcast over the weekend! We’re still in the process of learning and figuring things out. But I’m excited about it!
What’s your favourite colour?
Maybe rusts right now. (I’m thrilled to see rust and deep oranges back in the stores this season!) But also greens, reds, browns, blues, purples. It is hard to pick a favorite color! I love earthy colors and jewel colors best.
Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?
I mentioned earlier about loving the push to knit other designer’s patterns and filling the holiday gift basket. Also I love all the chatter and fun and sense of community in the threads! I have a hard time keeping up with all the chat but I do really love it.
Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?
That’s a hard question. I’ve just looked back over all 12 pages of participating designers and there are so many great designers there! These are the ones that caught my eye (in no particular order):
Christelle Nihoul – The photos in her Instagram feed are always wonderful and inspiring.
Amy Van de Laar – I love her textures and colors.
Liz Corke – I love her textures and mitts.
Jennifer Weissman – Texture again. (I’m sensing a theme.)
Nidhi Kansal – She’s got some great hats and shawls.
Sabine Kastner – Textures again and great mittens/mitts. In fact, I started a pair of her InGENEous Mittens last year during the GAL and I love them. I didn’t finish the second mitten because life got in the way but I’m definitely finishing them this year.
Jayalakshmi – Beautiful, beautiful shawls.
And I’m sure I missed tons of others because 286 designers is a lot to look through.
How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?
Ravelry pattern store: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots
Pinterest: tamara moots
Podcast: tba – yes it’s that new!
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