Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I work from home, teach part time, and homeschool with our two young children. This is a very busy time of life! Knitting and practicing yoga help me find quiet.
How long have you been designing and what led you to design?
I started designing when I couldn’t find patterns to create a design I had in mind. It was also around the time when I really took off with stranded knitting. Stranded knitting (colorwork) really ignited my interest in making my own designs as a way to play with color. I started to design my own accessories and sweaters and other knitters asked me to write the patterns for the designs, so then I worked at learning pattern writing.
Where do you find the inspiration for your designs?
I am inspired by color combinations: I may see them as some yarn I have in stash, a photograph or painting, a fabric from the fashion runway. Sometimes the pattern for the colorwork comes first and sometimes later and may be inspired by something I see and then combined into a flattering garment that I would like to wear.
What is your favorite of your own original designs and what makes it special to you?
I continue to be inspired by the color work patterns in my Pixelated Pullover.
What is your favorite fibre to design with and why?
I really have stuck to 100% merino wool, which is both warm and soft enough for my sensitive skin. My design work is inspired and made possible by the amazing hand dyed yarns by dyers like The Plucky Knitter, which is local to where I live; some of the small indie dyers like Black Trillium Fiber Arts and Rain City Knits Fiber Arts, and of course, Madelinetosh.
Where can we find your designs?
My patterns are available on Ravelry and there will be a stranded sweater design knit from Dream in Color yarns published by Stitch Seekers in February 2015. Another sweater design in The Plucky Knitter yarn will be published this summer in the Midwestern Knits book.
Can you give us some hints about upcoming designs?
Polar Prism Cardigan is up next and will be self-published in January. I also have plans for a jacket/cardigan designed with Rain City Knits yarn and also a couple of children’s stranded sweater designs inspired by own my kids.