Friday, May 24, 2019

An Interview with...Ayako Monier

Once a week I post interviews with interesting people about their insights on their experience of working in the Knitting industry. I’ve noticed that every one of these individuals makes their living in a slightly different manner bringing their own unique presence to the knitting world.

You can find
Ayako here on Ravelry.

Where do you find inspiration?
It could be anywhere around me – nature, architectures or even in bakeries and restaurants. Any colour combinations, shapes or any organization of matters give me a hint.

What is your favourite knitting technique?
Anything that has less purling would be better. So working in the round, or if working in flat, garter stitch or reversible ribs, etc., you know what I mean.

Do you look at other designers’ work or are you afraid that you will be influenced by their designs?
I do all the time! There are so many talented designers out there.


How many sample/test knitters do you have working for you or do you do it all yourself?
I make one sample for each of my design. I usually have one or two testers for each size.

Did you do a formal business plan?


Do you have a mentor?

Do you have a business model that you have emulated?

How do you maintain your life/work balance?
Hand knitting is a time-consuming and labour intensive activity, while it is quite meditative and creative. I enjoy running, swimming and cycling to compensate for the sedative time of knitting. Also, I have a supportive and understanding husband and four healing cats to keep me always balanced.

How do you deal with criticism?
It was tough for the first time, but eventually I realized that it is up to me to take any criticism in any way I would like to. Fortunately it is for the better in the future.


How long did it take for you to be able to support yourself?
I am still working on it!

What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career in knitting?
Go for it! It is your life after all.

What’s next for you?
I am into textures. I am planning to make an e-book with several pullovers and cardigans with interesting and unique textures.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

New Pattern - The Cavoli Shawl

Simple garter stitch keeps the focus on the shaping in this project. The wrap is worked sideways creating a curved upper edge. It’s easy to wear and perfect for wrapping around your neck. Starting from one narrow point, the stitches increase on one edge and decrease on the opposite edge creating a series of triangles. The shape is sometimes called a vortex shaped shawl due to the way the stitches swirl as the shaping stitches are worked. The cast off edge works a separate series of triangles along the second side of the curved triangular shape. The pattern includes extra details to assist the knitter with yarn substitutions.