Bold are my questions and comments, and Texknitters answers are in regular font.
What is your design process and what influences your design?
Most of the time my designs are driven by techniques that I want to play with, but I am also very influenced by the visual world around me. There are times when I will notice a pattern in nature or in architecture, and see the whole knitting project in my mind.
What do you love most about designing?
I love seeing how a design comes together, from the inspiration to the techniques I choose. I like making it fun for the knitter.
What is your favorite item you designed so far, and why?
That’s like choosing your favorite child, but my favorite is generally whatever I am currently working on. Right now it’s the Mercado Shawl, because I love the drape of the bias shaping.
Does anything intimidate you in knitting or crochet?
Nothing in knitting intimidates me any more. What is the worst that can happen if I mess up? I rip back and fix it, or start over. No one gets hurt.
When you want to learn something new (or need to refresh it) in knitting/crochet, where do you look it up and why?
I have (cough, cough) a lot of knitting reference books. Of course the Internet has made it easy to learn all sorts of new techniques, through Ravelry, You Tube, and just searching.
Do you have a favorite LYS?
I am fortunate to live in an area with lots of yarn options. Most of my time and yarn dollars go to Hill Country Weavers in Austin, and The Happy Ewe in Jonestown.
Do you collect WIPs/UFOs or do you work only on one project at a time?
I always have a simple project in my purse, and I try to have a few projects at different stages on the needles. That way if one needs thinking about, I still have something else to be working on.
I may have to add Strawberry Fields to my never ending collections of travel knitting, just looke at it:
Are you a selfish knitter or do you knit mainly for other people?
Several years ago I looked back over a year of knitting and realized that I had nothing of my own to show for it; it had all been given away. Now I mostly knit for myself, although I will knit anything that my children ask for.
Is knitting a seasonal activity for you?
Knitting has no season! Living in a warm climate, I do knit smaller projects during the summer months, but I knit every day, all year.
What makes you buy a pattern?
Cool techniques keep me interested, and I am a sucker for pretty shawls.
Did someone say pretty shawls? I may as well have an addiction there as well. I personally like her Mercado Shawl
What do you most enjoy about knitting or crochet?
I love that knitting can be as simple or as complex as I want it to be. I get to spend time doing something I love, and I get something cool at the end.