March 2011: These last 6 months have been an incredible journey for me! The blog and my knitting have been growing together. Last november I walked outside of my comfort zone and entered Vogue’s Magic of Mohair Design competititon. I became one of 12 finalists, the only Canadian, and in January flew off to New York to participate in the first ever Vogue Knitting Live Gala Dinner! A lot of firsts for everyone.
At the dinner they announced the winners and there my name was, announced as 1st runner-up – up on the big board! From arriving in New York Friday night to our departure Sunday morning – those were the fastest and most incredible 36hrs of my life.
I have just finished the pattern and it is off to Vogue for publication in June – the Early Fall Edition. What a journey!
I have been knitting for thirty plus years, and designing for only about two and a half years. My early design training was in theatre costume design, and this love of period and costume has been carried into my knitting designs. Many of my designs are beaded, and I have recently started hand-painting my lace designs to use colour to highlight the lace. I still have a lot to learn.
Eleven years ago I started teaching and then working at my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. The teaching is what started me in on knitting design, I needed patterns that were teachable. As I got more experienced, I started to make the patterns more than handouts and then started creating actual patterns.
I am very happily married, I did it right the second time. I have two wonderful children – what else can one say about one’s children! and a cat and a dog! I live on Vancouver Island – the most beautiful place on Earth.
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