Susanna IC has contributed 13 wonderful patterns to our pages. She is our featured designer in our Five for Five interview series, which you can follow all of here. Susanna is known for her gorgeous scarves and shawls, in many different shapes, fibers, and patterns. You can see even more of her instricate, knitterly work on her website.
1. Why are you a designer?
I design because I just can’t help myself. I’ve been making art and designing things as far back as I can remember; besides painting and drawing, my favorite playtime was creating clothes for my dolls. Later on, I started university as a pre-med major because I love science, but I really missed the creativity and I switched to fine arts and art history.
2. How did you learn to knit?
My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was five, but because she was left-handed I could not learn knitting from her; it all looked backwards and too complicated. Then, about ten years ago, I wanted to make cabled sweaters for my sons and crochet did not give me the look I was after, so I finally taught myself how to knit from a book.
3. What's your favorite thing to knit?
I am obsessed with lace and cables; the more complicated the better. Complex beaded lace combined with intricate cables – that’s my bliss.
I worked as a reference desk clerk in a university library, as an office manager for a large communications company, and as a medical assistant in a pediatric clinic.
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
...the world would be a lot friendlier place.