As you may already know, I am a participating designer in the Indie Gift-A-Long on ravelry this year. It's been a ton of fun, and I'm so glad that I was able to take part this year. For those who aren't familiar, the GAL involved a period in November when designers offered patterns for 25% off, then knitters participate in knit-a-longs or crochet-a-longs, which involve lots of prizes. It also includes games on ravelry, which of course also included lots of prizes. It offers a great chance for knitters and crocheters to plan their holiday gifting (or their selfish knitting) and knit and crochet together for fun and prizes (or just pick up some great patterns at a discount and work on them later).
Today, you are in for a treat, because now that the bustle of the holidays has (mostly) passed, I have a blog interview of another designer to share with you. I was very excited to discover Lily Go's work, because it is amazing! I instantly fell in love with several of her shawl patterns. You can find Lily's blog here and her ravelry patterns here.
Here is what Lily had to say when I interviewed her:
How did you first learn to knit?
I was a crocheter first (learned to crochet when I was 5 years old). I only attempted to knit when I was a teenager but somehow I didn’t enjoy it as much as crochet (my tension was not consistent, and always dropped my stitch) so I stopped. Until one day about 8 years ago I learned about continental knitting. Never stopped knitting since.
What inspired you to start designing?
In 2006 stumbled upon a knitting blog where she offers her knitting patterns for sale. This idea fascinated me and motivated me to do the same. I managed to publish my first pattern, Sage Cardigan, in February 25, 2007.
What is your favorite yarn(s)?I have no favorite brand, as long as it is natural fiber.
Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting?
Most of my patterns are accessories, and I think accessories is perfect for gift because you don’t have to worry about the fit.
Do you tend to have several unfinished items on your needles, or do you prefer to have only one project in the works at a time (or something in between)?
I tend to work one project at a time.
Which one of your designs is your favorite?
For crochet, it is Gathering Leaves.
For knit, it is a tough choice between Dandelion on a Meadow,Fox and The Grapes When The Flowers Bloom.
I would like to comment here with my favorite design of Lily's, which is the Heart on Fire shawl.
Do you get to do any “selfish knitting?”
Oh yes!! I am a very selfish knitter. Most of the time I knit for myself.
What gives you the feeling that you got your money’s worth out of a pattern?
I haven’t bought knit pattern before. However, for crochet pattern, I only bought fully charted pattern.
What do you most enjoy about knitting or crochet?
I love that I can multitasking while I am knitting or crocheting. I love the process of knitting/crocheting, and if I have a gorgeous FO, that is a bonus. I also like the idea that even you don’t like the result, I can always frog and redo.