First off, I’ve got a prize to award. The winner of Andi Smith’s Synchronicity e-book is….. Maureen Foulds. Congratulations! And for those who didn’t know it, Mo’s a great designer and lovely fellow Ontarian.
Next, I need to let you know about the Indie Designer Gift-Along. This is an event that starts tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 13th, 2014) and runs through the end of the year. It has 2 parts:
1) A week-long 25% off sale, beginning on Nov. 13th at 8pm EST. The 293 participating designers each have between 4 and 20 participating patterns. I’ve got 8 patterns in this sale.
2) A knit-along of all patterns by the participating designers and associated games. Lots of prizes are up to be won, and you can make progress on your gift knitting. Projects must be cast on after 8pm EST on Nov. 13th and finished by the end of the year (same time zone).
Interested in playing along? Head on over to the Indie Designer GAL group and join in the fun!
One of the other 292 participating designers in the GAL this year is Simone Kereit (aka OwlCat Designs). I met up with Simone at Rhinebeck this year after being in touch with her online for a while. You’ve already seen a picture of Simone in my recent post about Andi Smith.
Simone’s had some great designs come out quite recently. Have a look at On The Forest Floor. This 3-colour shawl has a little bit of lace and applique crochet accents that really make it shine:
Simone also has a new recent double knit hat design that I’m in love with. Odonata is a double knit hat with dragonflies. Reversible and beautiful!
Finally, Simone’s Rhinebeck sweater this year made her very easy to find. Fox Crossing is a lovely cardigan, especially if you’re fond of little foxes (yes I am!).
I asked Simone to tell me a little about her history with knitting and how she got started. Here’s her story:
When I learned to knit back in Switzerland as a little girl, the way you would learn to make a sweater was very different. There weren’t many patterns available and the way I learned to make a sweater went something like this: After deciding to make a sweater, you’d go look at yarn, find yarn you like figure out the approx. yardage needed. Then you’d take your lovely bag of yarn home and swatch. Block and measure the swatch, measure yourself (if the sweater was going to be for you) and do the math. So when I moved to the US, that’s what I still did. The transition to doing this professionally came pretty naturally after that.
I tend to get bored easily, and designing lace shawls and doing complex chart math for sweaters keeps me excited about a project. I know to some this might sound odd, but yes, I do enjoy the math and logic that goes on behind the scenes of a knitting pattern.
I tend to do a lot of different things design wise, there is just so much to knitting, why limit yourself? A unifying force behind all that variation is probably that my inspiration tends to come from the outdoors. i love to go hiking and backcountry camping, I just recharge being outdoors!
My ebook collection ‘over mossy stones…‘ is inspired by woodland creatures and shady walks in the forest. And currently I am working on a Shawl Club for next year, it’s not out yet, coming soon.
Thanks, Simone, for sharing your beginning & your inspirations with me. You can sign up for Simone’s newsletter to stay up to date with her releases!