For our final interview in the Knit Now issue 3: Designer Challenge series, we have Sam Parfitt of Dark Nights and Yarn Dreams, who designed the intriguing Liquorice Gloves. You can find buy her hand-dyed yarn on Etsy, and chat with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Tell us a bit about yourself, and your fibrey pursuits. For example, where are you from, do you work as anything else other than a knitwear designer? When/how did you you learn to knit? What made you decide to design a pattern for publication?
I live in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, with my 5 year old daughter Billie Jo and I freelance as a knitwear designer, tutor and dyer. I learnt to knit when I was about 7, my mum taught me and I remember being a pain to teach! When I heard the Designer Challenge for Knit Now was using Lanaloft Sport in my favourite gothic colours I think I submitted about 4 different designs so I was in with more of a chance, and when my gloves were picked I couldn’t wait to knit them up!
What was your inspiration for the design? Did it come from the colours, or the yarn structure, or something else?
My inspiration, believe it or not, was a mixture of the freezing cold and liquorice. I had been craving liquorice for a while and the shape of the twist made me think up some twisty gloves, the colour of liquorice.
Tension: I’m interested to see that across the 3 patterns, there are vastly different tensions – from 20 sts to 30 sts to 10 cm! Why did you choose the tension you did, what effect did it have on the finished project?
I chose the tension I did because I wanted the gloves to be slouchy rather than fitted, and lace always shows up better when you use bigger needles than recommended.
A bit of quick fire fun:
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Marmite, yes or no? Yes. With bells on.
Favourite fibre? Muesli. Kidding, silk.
What are you reading now/what was the last book you read? The War of the Dwarves by Markus Heitz
Music tastes? Rock, metal and punk. Apart from Trivium.
What annoys you? People with no manners.
What makes you happy/helps you relax? Playing XBox, baking and of course, knitting.
Favourite colour(s)? Black, purple, turquoise, grey, pink, green…
And that wraps up our little series of interviews! I hope you enjoyed finding out more about the designers. Look out for Issue 4 of Knit Now, where you will find (among other fabulous designs) a pattern by yours truly! Yay! But more on that soon