If you haven't heard yet, we are so excited about the booklets coming out from Stitch Sprouts that feature 3 of our most popular yarns - For Better or Worsted, Cricket, and Squishy! Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to some of the designers who contributed to the booklets. Today's spotlight is on Corrina Ferguson of PicnicKnits.
What drew you to designing?
I wanted to teach classes at my LYS and didn't want to use other people's patterns so I started making up my own.
How do you encourage a novice to take up knitting?
I tell them that once they can knit and purl that everything else is just a combination of that and manipulating the yarn.
What's your favorite LYS?
I think the best yarn store I have ever visited has been Eat Sleep Knit in Atlanta. So many yarns and fabulous colors and such a cozy nook for knitting.
Favorite Anzula colorway? Line?
Colorway: Pesto. Line: Cricket - I actually made a top - Dolinger - in that yarn.
Do you have other patterns available in our yarns?
Dolinger, Maragon, and lots more to come.
Tell us about your projects in the booklets!
I have two projects in the booklet - the Kahel shawl is in For Better or Worsted and was a total joy to knit. I loved making it so it was reversible, and the knit-purl-lace-eyelet pattern blocked like a dream.
The Dalawa cowl/hat was worked up in Squishy and the cabled lace patterning works up quicker than you think. The drawstring that turns the cowl into a hat does double duty - it cinches the cowl up perfectly around your neck so you keep out any wintery chills.
Favorite TV show to watch / music to listen to while knitting?
I am completely obsessed with Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. And when I have a piece I really need to concentrate on I will rewatch the Harry Potter Movies or the Lord of the Rings.
What's the most overlooked aspect of designing or knitting a finished piece?
I think people really underestimate the magic of blocking. Blocking can really make or break a project!
Do you teach classes? Where?
I've taught at both of my local yarn stores in Florida in the past, and currently do private lessons.
Thank you to Corrina for the interview! You can get your booklets right now on Ravelry, or soon at your LYS. Watch for more interviews coming soon with some of the other Stitch Sprouts designers who created pieces for the booklets!