Designer 101

An Interview with Kristin Ford, founder of woolfolk yarn

January 23, 2015

I fist met Kristin Ford, the founder of the new yarn company, woolfolk, at a needle arts convention in 2012. I was a fledgling designer, walking the floor and she was a yarn company executive. We took to each other immediately and have collaborated ever since. As part of the launch of my new collection, VERSACIKNITS […]

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Another first (and I hope to see you there)!

March 12, 2014

Yarn Cupboard Retreat – April 25th – 27th, 2014 Very few of you know this, but when I was in college I trained to be an elementary school teacher! I have often said that this was the most useful experience of my career. I did not, however, expect to be standing in front of a […]

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Anatomy of a photo shoot

September 30, 2013

A crisp September day, a beautiful model, a fantastic photographer, a sherpa, an assistant, a dressing room, a wardrobe, and a cool location!

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Interview with Knit Purl: Designing the SHIBUI Form Collection

September 24, 2013

One  year ago this week I received a note from the Director of SHIBUI, Kristin Ford, asking me to design their Winter 2013/14 Collection. In preparation for its launch, Knit Purl asked me to talk about my experiences as a knitwear design and the creation of the FORM Collection. Here is the link to the […]

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Editing (the big frog)

March 6, 2013

One of the hardest things for me to do as a hand-knitwear designer is to edit my work. It’s especially hard when I finish knitting a new design and then realize it just isn’t what I want it to be, which is what happened last summer with a new design. When I began working on […]

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My first TNNA… and I didn’t take a single photo!

July 12, 2012

Several Fridays ago I boarded a plane destined The National Needle Arts Association (TNNA) meeting in Columbus, Ohio.  As one passenger after another took a seat and pulled out a knitting project, I knew I was on the right plane. TNNA is a huge trade show for retailers, designers, publishers, and suppliers in the needle […]

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Thanks, Robin for the Interview!

January 13, 2012

Recently I answered some interview questions for Robin Hunter’s blog (it just posted, so… … go forth and read it!) To do so, I had to find words to describe my design process and style. It was hard work to put words to something that is mostly intuitive for me, but it was a good […]

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October 7, 2011

or A Week in the Life of a Professional Knitwear Designer When I started my knit design business in earnest, it never occurred to me that I could go a whole week without picking up a pair of knitting needles (to be completely honest, I must confess that I did pick up a hat that […]

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Biting the Bullet!

September 29, 2011

Lori Versaci hand-knit design is morphing into VERSACIKNITS! It has been a long time coming. From early on, I wasn’t sure that I liked the black and white logo. It seemed very corporate and staid, when I wanted an open/ white look. The good news was that it was done. It was one thing that […]

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