Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in all kinds of places from magazines to family trips. It could be a color or architectural design. I love to knit so sometimes I sit and think about different items I want to add to my collection. I look at the yarn I have on hand or decide to buy some if I want. Then after looking at the yarn I try to determine what will work well with the specific yarn.
What is your favourite knitting technique?
I love to knit lace items but cables would be a close second.
How did you determine your size range?
I use what is recommended via knitting magazines and assignments I receive.
Do you look at other designers’ work or are you afraid that you will be influenced by their designs?
I love to look at other designs and knitting projects. My style is unique to me so other items don't really influence me. But I do like to knit other designs as well and some are simply great projects to knit!
How do you feel about the so called controversy of “dumbing down” patterns for knitters?
I don't think I have ever heard of this. I do know there are multiple levels of patterns because there are many different types of knitters. Sometimes a knitter may want to knit something quick and sometimes they like to knit something more technically difficult. I try to write patterns that all types of knitters like to knit. I do try to write the pattern in a way that many types of knitters will understand which is really difficult to accomplish at times. Today's knitting patterns are sold worldwide and are often translated which can cause misunderstandings. I try to take this into account when writing the pattern!
How many sample/test knitters do you have working for you or do you do it all yourself?
I have a few test knitters.
Did you do a formal business plan?
Do you have a mentor?
Do you have a business model that you have emulated? No - I just like to knit and create and find it fun!
Do you use a tech editor?
Sometimes but not always.
How do you maintain your life/work balance?
It can be very difficult because I have a full time job and two kids. I find it difficult at times. Last year I finished my degree as well so it was doubly difficult but I love to do it.
How do you deal with criticism?
Criticism can be hard sometimes to handle. I try to look at what is being criticized and determine if there is anything I can do to fix it or adjust. If the criticism is something that I can work on without changing who I am then I try.
What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career in knitting?
Keep trying and don't give up.
What’s next for you?
I am continuing to work and design and who knows where it will go. I don't see myself giving up anytime soon.