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October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

October’s Designer of the Month – Alicia Plummer

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.

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September’s Designer of the Month – Casapinka

September’s Designer of the Month – Casapinka

On September 15, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Casapinka designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Casapinka, is our September Designer of the Month.  I first became aware of Casapinka and her beautiful designs when I spotted her Fall is a Color slouchy hat at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show last year.  She used Backyard Fiberworks yarn for the design and since Alice from BYFW dyes all of our hand dyed yarn for us, I couldn't help but notice.   When I was putting together my list of designers to ask to participate in our Designer of the Month program, of course Casapinka was on the list.  Lucky for us, she agreed to participate and has created a beautiful design which will be revealed next week.  You can find Casapinka on Ravelry  and Instagram.

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August’s Designer of the Month – Nell Ziroli

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 August 18, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Nell designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Nell Ziroli, from Nell Knits, is our August Designer of the Month.  I first became aware of Nell and her beautiful designs when I spotted her Arvid sweater in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People, Volume 7 (I've always been a sucker for cables.)  Since then, we have become friendly and have even taught together at a knitting retreat in southern Virginia.  I'm very excited to have Nell as this month's designer and can't wait to reveal her beautiful design next week.  You can find Nell on Ravelry, Instagram and her blog, Nell Knits.

And with that, I give you Nell ….

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 was the first child born to high school sweethearts. My father was newly enlisted in the Navy, so we were rather transient, living a year or 3 in each of the many places he was stationed. We all lived in Virginia Beach when I finished school and moved out on my own. I’ve recently returned to Virginia, after a 6 week visit to Atlanta that lasted 10 years.

Handwork has been in my life as long as I can remember. My mother (bless her patient heart) taught me to knit, and even managed to hold on to a few pieces of my early work despite all of our moves. Also, my dad still has a rather spiffy yellow garter stitch tie that might have been a Father’s Day gift I made when I was 10 or 12.

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

I don’t really have a specific work or design space set up here. My best ideas come while I’m doing most anything - even sleeping, so I try to have paper and pencil everywhere. I find that when I’m looking for a specific answer to a project another project will develop. It’s a blessing and a curse.

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

We are lucky to be in a makers paradise right now, with so many genius designers, authentic inspirers and amazing yarns - all just a click away.  My favorites tend to be in the less is more camp. Unless were talking cables.

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

For my design, SilverSpun® was truly the perfect yarn. The elasticity allows "Happy Hands" to fit every teen/adult that has tried them on. I also love that for a somewhat textured yarn, the stitch definition is crisp. I tried, but was unsuccessful in capturing a clear photo of the glistening silver fibers as I knit outdoors on the porch this early summer.

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On August 18, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Nell designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

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June’s Designer of the Month – Wendy D. Johnson

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 June 9, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Wendy designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Wendy D. Johnson is our June Designer of the Month and to be perfectly honest, I can't believe it!  About a year ago I got an order for yarn from a Wendy Johnson who lived in Alexandria, VA.  Coincidentally, just the day before, I had been thumbing through my copy of Wendy Knits and noticed that the author, Wendy D. Johnson, lived in Alexandria, VA, which is very close to Washington DC, where I live.  "This couldn't be the same person, could it?", I thought to myself.  How flattering (not to mention validating) would that be if the author of some of the best known sock and lace knitting books out there was ordering my yarn?  I emailed her and asked, and sure enough, it was her!  We have since become good "on-line" friends and when asked if she would design a pattern for the "Year of the Designer" she graciously agreed.  You can find Wendy on Ravelry, Instagram and her very popular blog, Wendy Knits.

And with that, I give you Wendy ….

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 was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, but only lived there for the first few months of my life. My dad was in the U.S. Navy so we lived all over when I was growing up. I learned to knit when I was 4 years old. One day after I got my hands on a screw driver and took my tricycle apart, my mother cast some stitches onto a needle and gave that to me, along with a book she had that showed how to knit in pictures, saying “figure this out.” I did, and I’ve pretty much never stopped!

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

Most of my designing is done at home, using my MacBook Pro, while I’m sitting on my couch. The idea for a design will happen anywhere, though. Sometimes I have something in mind and will think about it for days or weeks before committing it to electronic paper.

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

Design inspiration comes from a wide variety of things – including all of the above. I love a wide variety of traditional knitting styles and techniques, so I often base designs on a traditional style or use traditional motifs.

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

My hands-down favorite knitting designer is Alice Starmore. I first encountered her at a TKGA convention in the 1980s – she was the instructor for a colorwork class I took. I took several more classes form her at subsequent TKGA conventions. I’ve always loved her colorwork . . . and her cable designs ain’t bad either!

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

I think I must have a god complex because it is the joy of creating that keeps me enthusiastic. There’s just something exciting about being able to create something both useful and beautiful from a pile of string.

What do you have on your needles right now?

At the moment, I have none of my own designs on the needles. I’m finishing up an afghan from the second Rowan Martin Storey Afghan Knit-Along (you can see the box of afghan squares in my knitting spot photo above). The afghan is almost done: it’s put together and I’m now working on the edging.  That’s my “commuter” project. My “main” project is Alice Starmore’s Kinsale gansey (from her Fishermen’s Sweaters book) that I’m knitting in cream colored organic cotton.

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

I love the elasticity that the bit of spandex adds, and I love the incredibly softness of the yarn. Last year I knit a chemo cap out of SilverSpun® for a friend undergoing chemotherapy, and she really appreciated the softness of the yarn against her very sensitive skin. The strand of silver, I’m sure, added to the therapeutic qualities of the hat.

Do you have any other passions besides knitting?

I am a voracious reader and will read pretty much anything, as long as it is well-written. I’m also an animal lover and a certified Crazy Cat Lady. If I were to win the lottery, I’d buy a piece of land and build The Crazy Cat Lady’s Cat Compound and adopt all the homeless cats I could. But because I live in a two-bedroom condo, I have limited myself to one feline companion: Loki, my lilac point Ragdoll.

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On June 9, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Wendy designed using SilverSpun® Sock to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

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May’s Designer of the Month – Kate Atherley

Kate has designed 3 exclusive sock patterns for our Feel Good Summer Sock Club.  These patterns will only be available to Club subscribers.  Click here to find out more.

Kate Atherley is our May Designer of the Month and I must say, it is quite an honor to have a designer of this caliber working with us.  Kate is the lead technical editor for Knitty.com.  She contributes regularly to books and magazines, created a series of designs for Interweave’s Sockupied and she has written several books, including Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet, which is one reason why she is perfect as our guest designer for our Feel Good Summer Sock Club (see above). You can find Kate on Ravelry, Instagram, and her website.

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April’s Designer of the Month – Annie Rowden

On April 14, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern collection that Annie designed using SilverSpun® yarns to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it.

Annie Rowden, from by Annie Claire, is our April Designer of the Month and I couldn't be more thrilled!  I have been waiting for this month's release since we first discussed it way back in January.  Originally from England, Annie & her husband now reside in the very northern coastline of California, raising dairy goats.  In her spare time she designs patterns for "grown-ups" available on her website, as well as sweet patterns for children at Little Woolens, created with her dear friend, Ashley Yousling, of Woolful.com fame.

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March’s Designer of the Month – Chelsea Berkompas

On March 10, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Chelsea designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don't miss it.

Chelsea Berkompas, from Chelsea Berkompas Designs , is our March Designer of the Month. Chelsea is an artist-turned-knitwear-designer who loves making loops of yarn into compelling designs that are just as enjoyable to knit as to wear.  You can find her on Instagram , Ravelry, and www.thewoolproject.com .

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February’s Designer of the Month – Scott Scholz

On February 11, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Scott designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don't miss it.

Scott Scholz, from SSKnitwear, is our February Designer of the Month.  Scott has designed for us in the past (Ilex Hat) and I must say I have never quite met a designer like him.  He is a banjo playing, skate boarding, dirt biking, woodworking, knitwear designer!  And his designs are awesome!  You can find him on Instagram and Ravelry.

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January’s Designer of the Month – Courtney Spainhower

On January 14, 2016 we will be releasing the pattern that Courtney designed using SilverSpun® Sport to our subscribers.  Be sure to sign up here so you don't miss it.

Courtney Spainhower, from Pink Brutus Knits, kicks off the year for us and we couldn't be more honored.  Courtney is a prolific designer, mom, wife and now author.  She has just recently released her first book, Family-Friendly Knits.  You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and Ravelry, as well as at her website.

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SilverSpun Knit Gifts

The holidays are just around the corner, but don't worry, there's still time to knit a gift! Today we have some great one skein projects, and if you are a really fast knitter, or have a little more time before you exchange gifts, we have some great accessories that will take a little longer to make.

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