Designer Interviews: Rebekah Evelyn

Rebekah Evelyn
As part of the Indie designer Gift-A-Long, I am interviewing Indie designers about their favorite knitting and crochet projects, yarns, and gift knitting.
If you could only knit/crochet one item type of item, what would it be?
That would be tough, but I’m always inspired to design fingerless mitts, so I guess that’s what I’d choose.
What is your favorite workhorse yarn?

I like to work with a variety of brands, weights, and fibers, but a nice worsted weight wool yarn that comes in a bunch of colors like Cascade 220 would probably be my favorite.

Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting?​

All of my mitt patterns are great stash-busters and would knit up quick, especially my recently published Purlka Mitts.

 

Designer Interviews: Emily K Williams

Emily K Williams

As part of the Indie designer Gift-A-Long, I am interviewing Indie designers about their favorite knitting and crochet projects, yarns, and gift knitting.

Emily K Williams (Ravelry Name: Flutterby)

If you could only knit/crochet one item type of item, what would it be?
Oh, now that’s a really hard question to start with. I am very much a product knitter, and have a hard time knitting things that I’m not going to wear (though the weather up here does give plenty of opportunity for wearing). It would be a close run battle between shawls, which I wear as scarves a lot of the time, and cardigans. But on balance, I wear cardigans more so they would have to win. There are so many variations and I never get bored knitting them. I have fingering or lace weight ones in the summer, then dk and aran weight for the winter. Then do you make them with fair isle, cables, stripes or just plain old stocking stitch?

What is your favorite splurge yarn or tool?
My most recent and current favourite splurge was on a set of Chiaogoo Interchangeable needles. I have the bamboo ones, which are smooth and light and have just the right amount of grip and the spinny join on the cables is genius. They also come in a lovely case.

What is your favorite workhorse yarn?
My favourite workhorse yarn is probably Jamieson and Smith Jumperweight wool. It’s hard wearing, warm and comes in an amazing array of colours. It obviously works so well for fair-isle designs, but also cables or textured knitting. Some of the heathered shades are so complex that they deserve to be shown off all on their own.

Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting? 
The patterns I’d make for gift knitting would be either of the shawls – Ruth’s Shawl or Laura’s Leaves. I designed these for my sister and sister-in-law to wear to their wedding, and they both looked so lovely, and appreciated them so much.

Designer Interviews: Ann Kingstone

© Woolly Wormhead, used with permission of Ann Kingstone

© Woolly Wormhead

As part of the Indie designer Gift-A-Long, I am interviewing Indie designers about their favorite knitting and crochet projects, yarns, and gift knitting.

Ann Kingstone (AnnKingstone on Ravelry)

If you could only knit/crochet one item type of item, what would it be? It would be jumpers (English for ‘pullover’) or cardigans, just because these are what I most need for my wardrobe. I’ve designed quite a few myself now, and am keen to make several of them for me in my size. Alas, all the samples were made to fit smaller models than me!

What is your favorite splurge yarn or tool? Signature needles. I invested in several sizes of these this summer, and have been thanking myself ever since! I used to use cheap needles, and worried about spending a lot on higher quality ones until a fellow designer pointed out that a ‘chippy’ (carpenter) wouldn’t use a cheap drill.

What is your favorite workhorse yarn? I don’t have one! I love using a wide variety of yarns, and since I started using Rowan yarns I have a lovely range of luxury yarns to choose from. I guess if I had to choose a favourite from their range it would be Rowan Felted Tweed as it is so suited to colourwork, and I design a lot of colourwork.

© Ann Kingstone, used with permission

© Ann Kingstone

Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting? I think my best design for gift knitting is the Tess Slippers. Being a small item they are a relatively quick knit, and yet they are a lot of fun with lots of interesting techniques: Judy’s magic cast-on, travelling colourwork, steeking, three needle cast-off, and applied i-cord edging. The Sweet William jumper is also a great gift knit for children, again with interesting techniques: short rows, integral button bands, stranded colourwork, and provisional cast-ons at the underarm. For folk that love giving Christmas-themed gifts my ‘Wesley Bob‘ tree baubles are another fun stranded colourwork design.