I did a designer interview for the Classic Elite Yarns blog. It starts like this:
I taught myself to knit during my senior year of high school in preparation for the long commute from my hometown in southern Colorado to college in Boston. I’ve been “designing” ever since.
I grew up in a rural farming area without a LYS, and Ravelry didn’t exist yet, so I had no idea there were so many patterns and resources available. My choice was either to knit garter stitch scarves and dishcloths forever or make it up as I went. Do you know how many cool things you can make (should I say design?) with just a rectangle and a seam or two?! Purses, pillow covers, sachets, table mats…
Eventually I happened across one of the Stitch’n’Bitch books and learned to read patterns. However, I never developed the discipline to follow patterns as written. If I hadn’t grown up in such an isolated area that forced me to be creative, I may never have started designing.
Previously my.megmarie and sometimes mymegmarieknits.