Fiona Ellis designed two lovely patterns from our Spring/Summer issue, Charleston and Merise. Today she shares an exciting experience for a designer, meeting someone out in the real world, wearing a garment knit from one of her patterns. Read all about it, and keep up with Fiona on her website or twitter feed. Read on to hear about a Twist event that Fiona will be hosting!
Designing a knit project has a series of exciting stages:
1) Initial swatching is like a fluttering delicate excitement when the kernel of an idea in your head begins to take shape.
2) More swatching and sketching brings the realization that this might actually work.
3) Submitting your idea to the Creative Director of a publication or yarn company; actually this one is more trepidation than excitement.
4) Receiving word that the Creative Director wishes to actually publish the design…wow somebody else thinks it’s a good idea.
5) There is then a lot of hard work and waiting until the thrilling moment when you see your idea, knit, photographed and finally published. I usually do something to celebrate this milestone and it always involves doing a happy dance.
6) Thanks to technology you get to see knitters make up your pattern, which sometimes involves modifications, and I love seeing a knitter’s make it their own.
7) A rare but super exciting moment is getting to meet a knitter out in the world who is wearing something they made from one of your patterns….that one floors me every time it happens- it makes it really really real.
I had one of those rare moments recently when I was teaching workshops at a yarn shop called Little Red Mitten. On the Saturday afternoon a knitter arrived to take a class with me who was wearing Merise.
Pam is super cool and even had hair dyed to match the yarn she had chosen, although I’m not sure which came first the yarn or the hair. She looked so lovely in it that it made my designer heart sing. Here she is for us all to admire.
She also had such lovely things to say about Twist that I truly wished that the whole team had been there to hear that all their hard work and effort is much appreciated. Here is a bit of what she said:
"As for Twist, I think it is close to being the ideal online knitting magazine--beautifully laid out, linked ads for maximum temptation of readers and (for me, at least) never an issue without patterns I just have to have for my future projects. It's always such a pleasure to go through, and I know I do at least three runs: one to look at everything quickly, one to read all the articles and follow the most tempting ads, and one for pattern acquisition". -Pam Samuels