I learned from a book and a friend of my mom's. My grandma taught me how to purl. :)
At what point did you really start feeling like a knitting designer?
When I started submitting to magazines. Even though I've been rejected every time, it feels like a start. Also, when the first indie dyer accepted my yarn support proposal.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
The world! I mean, I really can't pin it down to one specific thing. Everything around me inspires me. My family, nature, clothes, other knitwear...food even!
Well, I know I have a lot more time to work on designing than other people with jobs, families, etc. So I do have a special opportunity in that way, though I don't take advantage of it as much as I could--I do have other hobbies! I don't think I would say I have any difficulties because I'm younger. There have been some calls for collections that didn't accept submissions from minors, but it was never a terrible blow to me. :)
Which of your designs is your favorite? (if you had to choose...)
I used to never pick favorites, but if I have to...I would say my newest design, Midnight Fog. It was the first hat I'd ever designed, and it turned out so well. I'm super proud of every aspect of it!
Alright, I have to pick two: Alicia Plummer and Julia Trice. Their designs are so lovely, and I can tell they both work very hard at it. But most of all, they are super nice people! Very positive and fun-loving besides. And they've both been so encouraging to me personally as a young, fledgling designer.
Do you have any special knitting or designing goals?
On a smaller note, I would love to increase my designs number to 20 by the end of the year. I have 12 to go, and about ten months to do it in. We'll see how it goes. I'm not going to beat myself up too much if it doesn't happen! I would also like to publish a sweater pattern in the coming fall/winter season. I'm just really nervous about grading for all the sizes. And it's a big investment in tech editing as well!
Well, I've knit up a textured cowl in a bright color perfect for these dreary days. It makes me happy every time I look at it. I still have to photograph, write up the pattern, and get it tested. I'm hoping to publish it later this month.
Thank you so much, Rebekah!