I am back with another interview as part of Gift-Along 2014. And this time, we have Kristen Fanning aka texotexere on Ravelry to share her designs and thoughts with us. She designs under the label ‘Knits Who Say Needle’.
What inspired you to become a designer?
I was working at my university during a summer break and didn’t have a lot to do, so I ended up knitting a lot of hats. After the first dozen or so, I was having a hard time finding free patterns that I wanted to knit and I made so many hats that summer that buying that many patterns would have put a serious dent in my budget. So I started to design my own patterns, and eventually decided to publish them.
What aspect/phase of knit design do you enjoy the most? And which one do you enjoy the least?
I like the planning phase the best. I can spend hours playing with charts and choosing the best yarn/gauge.
My least favorite part is photographing the finished piece. No one in my immediate family is photogenic, and we would all rather be behind the camera than in front of it.
Do you find time to knit from other designers’ patterns? Who are your favorite designers?
Lately, I usually only use other people’s patterns for toys. I make them when I need a break. Lately, I’ve been on a Stacey Trock kick. I’ve used her owl pattern about half a dozen times. Of course, I couldn’t resist modifying it and ended up making them all a different Peter Pan character.
Which patterns in your store can be made as quick holiday gifts?
All of my accessory patterns are pretty quick knits and most use less than 200 g of yarn. Fairy Glen and Blackberry Leaves are both the result of last year’s Christmas panic knitting. I did did both in less than 2 weeks.
What gifts are you making/knitting for this holiday season?
Right now I’m making some thrummed mittens for my brother and sister-in-law. Other gifts depend on whom I get requests from.
To celebrate the Gift-A-Long, Krsiten would like to offer you the opportunity to win one of her patterns. To enter, have a look through Kristen’s designs and leave a comment about your favorite design of hers. Giveaway ends 5 PM IST Friday, November 28. A random winner will be chosen from the comments.
Photo credit: All photos are copyright “Knits Who Say Needle” and used with permission.