As a part of the Gift-a-Long, designers are doing blog interviews to get to know each other better and to help our readers get to know more designers. If you are a member of Ravelry, you can go to this post to see other blog posts about the GAL and GAL designers.
Today, I am interviewing Miranda Grant, aka Pokito, about her design work and crafty interests. I hope you find this interesting and head over here to see more of her work.
Amy: How does designing fit in with the rest of your life? It is a full time job, part time job, or other?
Miranda: Designing is something that I do part time. There’s a lot more on the marketing/social side that I probably should do with it.
Amy: What is your favorite thing in your toolbag?
Miranda: I have a metal ruler/gauge/needle-sizer device that used to belong to my grandmother.
Amy: What is your favorite thing about designing? Is it different than you thought it would be when you started?
Miranda: I always like the rare times when I can think of a design, draw it up, and have it knit up like I thought it would without ripping, erasing, and breaking the laws of physics that sometimes happen. I’ve a had a few prototypes that must have entered a wormhole into a dimension where the math doesn’t matter.
I didn’t really set out to design. I had an idea for a scarf which became Kelp and for a while, that was that. Then I had an urge to knit floral mitts and I couldn’t find anything that suited what I had in mind, so then came Something Floral. Both of those were fairly easy to write out, pattern-wise, so when I thought to write out Gallivant I thought “How hard could it be?” Very. Had I known how hard it could be, I wouldn’t have done it.
The moral of the story is: Ignorance has its uses. When I started working on more designs, I expected to have delved further into lace than I’ve done.
Amy: Are you a process crafter or a product crafter, and does that affect the way that you design?
Miranda: I lean towards the process crafting. I knit slower in Stockinette stitch than in anything else. I need something to challenge my brain or it goes, “Is it done yet? Is it done yet? Hey let’s go work on that lace project with the tiny needles! Is it done yet?”
Amy: Describe your perfect crafting weekend.
Miranda: Lessee, I go to one of wool festivals that I’ve heard so much about and get to buy whatever I want because some one else is footing the bill. Then, I go home and knit all the things while marathoning Firefly with my friends.
I hope this has inspired you to take a closer look at Miranda’s work and to explore the designs of some other GAL designers that you may not have seen before.
Remember, the sale portion of the Gift-a-Long ends on Friday at midnight. I’ll also mention that I plan to raise the prices of a few of my designs in the new year, so the current prices with the 25% off promotion may be the lowest that prices ever get for several of my patterns. ;-)