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This knitwear artists' designs keep your feet toasty and warm! From across the pond in Devon, England please welcome designer Mindie Tallack.
There will be 3 lucky winners for our giveaway! Mindie has generously donated her three patterns and I've thrown in some yummy yarn.
First Prize: Duffers (revisited) pattern and I'm including 2 skeins of Cascade 220 Wool
Second Prize: Greengage scarf pattern
Third Prize: Little Duffers pattern and 1 skein of Cascade 220 Wool
Let's get to know Mindie a little better, she's been very kind and agreed to do this interview for us.
Meet Mindie: My name is Mindie and knitting is a huge part of my life. I’ve been knitting since I was a small, which is too many years now to admit without giving away my age! I have a bit of a compulsion to create, so I also spin, weave, sew, garden and cook. Mostly this is a good thing, but it can also lead to shortages in our household because I quite often refuse to buy anything I could make, even if I don’t have time to make it! Here is where I keep a record of what I’m up to in the garden, kitchen and in my studio.
1. Every knitwear artist has an interesting story about how they began designing. Please tell us about yourself and what got you interested in knitting and designing knitwear. I have knitted since I was very small ( a long time ago!) I started with just blankets for toys etc.as children quite often do and a few dolls clothes, but really got into it when I started to have the patience to knit myself sweaters; although to begin with I did end up with several where the sleeves were too short as I got bored and just thought 'that will do'! Both my Mother and Grandmother knitted beautifully so I had two good roll models. My Grandmother also sewed and embroidered wonderfully and I do those crafts too, although not as well as she did; during the 1920's she made skirts for Harrods. One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor of my grandmothers' dining room knitting while she instructed me from the table as she sewed and drank whisky!
I always played around with other people's patterns (still do) and quite often can't find what I want in a ready written pattern so put together my own as I go along. I am very bad at writing things down as I knit though so have a bit of a collection of things that I designed and love but never got around to writing the patterns for ( or I can't remember how I got over a particular problem so can't write the pattern up!)
2. What is your design philosophy? I'm a very practical person and tend towards everyday practical things. It is ok to knit something beautiful but, for me, if it isn't practical, I won't end up wearing it. I also think that patterns should be right and I test knitted the Duffers patterns until I just couldn't bring myself to knit another one. It infuriates me when I glance over a pattern and can immediately see something wrong. I always think 'how did they have the cheek to print that when it's just not right'!
3. Who or what inspires you the most in your design process? Originally the Duffers came about through a local knitting shop. I was asked to come up with a slipper pattern for them to promote some yarn they had. The brief was to make them fit well but also be easy to knit. It took a long time to work out but in the end I think I managed it.
I do love tradition and what I call real wool so although my designs on the net don't show it, I knit with quite a bit of shetland and rare breed wools. I think it's the history of knitting that inspires me most. All those women (and men) through the ages that kept their patterns in their heads and knitted to keep themselves warm. They could have knitted just plain things but the art of knitting was also important to them as well as the practicality.
4. What direction do you see yourself heading in as a designer? I would really like to get a few of my sweater patterns written up and have a few ideas for some pretty children's clothes but I need more time than I have at the moment so I am not sure how long it is going to be before I get these out. I am also very fussy about the pattern being exactly right in design and fit, as I said before, so it does take me too long to get the pattern writing done. I am working on things though.
5. How have the advances in technology and the internet helped you (or hindered) you as a knitwear designer? I love how the internet has brought knitters together, and of course you can't talk about knitting or crochet and the internet without mentioning Ravelry. Without Ravelry and the internet I wouldn't be selling my patterns at all. On the whole I think that the technology we have today is keeping craft alive, which can only be a good thing. It's a sort of marriage of the old and the new.
The 3 winners will be announced on March 5th. The patterns will be emailed to the winners as a PDFs.
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