Who taught you to knit? I learned to knit at about 5 years old, being taught by my grandmother. I loved to experiment, consequently my dolls were the best dressed in the neighborhood, even if some of them were doomed to be fashion victims or ridiculed for their daring outfits.
Tell me about your first pattern.Where did it appear--on your website, in a magazine or ezine? When I was first designing I sold my original designs concepts to the major fashion houses in New York, London & Paris who would put them into mass-market production. I sold my first design for the hand-knit market to Vogue Knitting for the Winter 1999 issue.
Do you attend fibre festivals? Why? Why not? Which ones? I don't really go to fiber festivals unless I'm teaching there.
Have you taught knitting classes? Where? When? Oh gosh yes I have been teaching all over North America since 1998. I have developed a unique program of lively and interactive workshops for knitters and textile artists, where I approach my teaching from a personal development and creativity standpoint, rather than being simply technique based.
What is the most rewarding aspect about being a knitwear designer? I love seeing what knitters do with my patterns, when they make it their own, use my idea as a springboard for their own creativity.
Challenging? Finding enough hours in the day to work on all the ideas that I have.