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?
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.