In Episode 34 of the Fruity Knitting Podcast we are joined by Veronik Avery, Montreal-based designer and member of the design team of Brooklyn Tweed. Veronik shares her designing tips and talks to us about her work at Brooklyn Tweed. Emily Greene presents her new shawl Diagrid in New Releases, and we meet Mrs Mumpitz, from Sweden, creator of wonderful knitted toys, as our guest on Knitters of the World. Andrew is starting Brioche and Andrea is making a gentle return to knitting with a Romi Hill design.
Veronik Avery – Interview
Veronik describes herself as a knitwear designer by day and a seamstress by night. Her background is in costume design for the theatre and her extensive technical knowledge on garment construction has contributed to her reputation as a top level knitwear designer.
Veronik’s designs were first published in Interweave Magazine and in 2012 Brooklyn Tweed snapped her up to become part of their design team. Her designs can be described as elegant, very wearable and with a little mystic just like Veronik herself.
Emily Greene – Diagrid – New Releases
Emily’s beautiful shawl is a definite stash buster because the design works with so many different yarn weights.
Doreen Blask – Mrs Mumpitz – Knitters of the World
It’s every child’s dream that their mum will knit their favourite picture book character into a toy. Doreen is definitely a ‘wonder-mum’ with the toys she has made for her two little boys so far.
We love the very hungry caterpillar, but there are many other creatures to choose from.
Finding Mrs Mumpitz
Doreen’s portfolio does go beyond delightful creatures for young and old, so go and check out her designs.
Manzanita Tee by Romi Hill
Andrea is easing her way back into knitting. She is trying different knitting styles to alternate what muscle groups she uses and reduce the risk of her arm problems coming back. She plans to alternate between Portuguese, Continental and English style knitting on the stocking stitch section on the body of the Manzanita Tee.
This elegant design is worked from the top down starting with a provisional cast on. There is a small section of lace and then plain sailing stockinette in the round for the body and sleeves ending with a picot hem. You later pick up and knit the collar on top of the lace section.
Andrea is using the recommended yarn Road to China Light – Fibre Co. which is a blend of 65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% cashmere, 10% camel in the colourway Apatite.
Agnes Jersey Top by Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly and the Buttons patterns are fast becoming favourites with Andrea and Madeleine (who is the recipient of many of the finished projects). The Agnes Jersey Top is very simple to sew and with all the possible variations between long and short, ruched or straight sleeves and neckline, it’s going to be sewn many times.
Fruity Brioche Kal
Andrea was looking into decreasing in Brioche last night, and weighing up my wool, and it’s all looking promising.
We would love you to join us in our Brioche adventure, so we are launching the Fruity Brioche Kal. The official start is 1 August, but you can start thinking about your patterns. You can start with a hat or simple scarf, or here’s some inspiration for the more adventurous.
Andrea Mowry can also provide some ideas.
We’ll be starting a thread on Ravelry very soon. Start thinking about your patterns and we look forward to seeing you there.
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