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  • October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer
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    Josh Hutchison

October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

2016 is the “Year of the Designer” for Feel Good Yarn Company.  The first Thursday of every month we will feature an interview with one of our favorite knitwear designers and the following week we will release a pattern designed exclusively for our SilverSpun® yarn by that designer.

On October 13, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Alicia designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Alicia Plummer, is our October Designer of the Month.  Annie, from byannieclaire, suggested I reach out to Alicia to ask if she wanted to participate in our Year of the Designer campaign, and I'm so glad she did.  Alicia is a delight and a beautiful designer.  You can find Alica on Ravelry  and Instagram.

And with that, I give you Alicia ….

Can you give us a little background intel on yourself? Where were you born? Do you still live there? How long have you been knitting? Who taught you to knit?

I guess you could say I’m a full blown New Englander! I was born in Vermont, grew up in New Hampshire, moved to Maine and attended college in Massachusetts.

I’ve been knitting since my daughter was 18 months old, so about 7 ½ years, give or take! My grandmother taught me to knit when I was young—just the basic knit stitch. She used to make incredible colorwork Christmas stockings for our family.

Then, when my daughter was young, my mother showed up at my house with a baby sweater pattern and some yarn, and said “You can knit, right?” It’s funny, because she’s a quilter. But after that sweater pattern, I was hooked. I just looked up anything I didn’t know how to do online and learned more through tutorials.

Where do you do your designing? Do you have a special room in your house, a studio, a favorite chair?

I don’t have a fancy studio or anything like that. I have a knitting chair that I found at a discount store. It’s surrounded by an old crate from an antique place (it holds all my yarn!) my yarn basket, yarn bowl, etc. I love snuggling up with a cup of peppermint tea from Nezinscot Farm (in Turner, ME) and just Netflix bingeing while I knit. Currently, I’m watching a show called Heartland about a horse ranch in Canada.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Nature, architecture, fine art, what?

I’m a really emotional person, so most of my designs come from feelings or memories. The Campside shawl was designed while I was grieving (in a way) letting go of our family cabin, where I spent every summer with my late father. The Autumn Gingham hat (designed for SilverSpun) is inspired by the feeling you get on a warm, overcast autumn day in the city-leaves swirling, lattes perfected by warm little cafes…I love small cities. Portsmouth, Portland, Montpelier…they have such a wonderful culture of art but the friendliness of a town.

Who are your favorite designers (and it doesn’t have to be knitwear designers)?

Obviously Melissa Schaschwary, my best friend, is going to be at the top of that list! I love Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook for their clean, modern aesthetic.  Amy Christoffers for her ability to capture that perfectly country feeling and Kate Oates for children’s stuff, definitely.

What is it about designing that gets you to jump out of bed every morning and grab the needles?

I love knitting the story into my work. The colors, the textures, they give off a mood, a feeling. Knitting for me is storytelling, is reliving a mood. It can be any mood, and yet you end up with a beautiful piece that has both function and history to it.

What do you have on your needles right now?

Right now I’m designing a shawl in some Nezinscot Farm 90% wool 10% angora yarn. It’s very rustic, and doesn’t have the halo that most angora does. This has just enough so that it feels and looks rustic but is still soft. It’s one of my first times designing with single ply and I’m loving the stitch definition.

While designing your piece for FGYCo, what qualities of SilverSpun® did you find most appealing?

I love how the silver added a new dimension, depth to the yarn. It was so springy—the stitch definition was out of this world! And it gave the finished piece a firmness that I can say will probably make it outlast many other pieces. I love the hat I designed, but I’d love to knit some socks in this!

Do you have any other passions besides knitting?

I do! Gardening, growing herbs to make my own teas is something I love to do. When they are all in the kitchen drying, it’s an amazing smell. I love kayaking-especially at dusk. There is something about a golden-purple sky against a line of pine trees on a still pond that makes me feel so at peace. I love reading the Bible- every time I open it I feel like I’ve come home. Our family also loves to drive into the White Mountains and go hiking—but don’t consider us extremists! We like moderate trails.

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On October 13, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Alicia designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

  • Post author
    Josh Hutchison