Pairing knitting and crocheting patterns together with sewing patterns, allows creative crafters to make the whole outfit - something that's a new concept and so convenient. I LOVE knitting and while I do have a sewing machine, I'm not that great at it so I don't sew as much. This book has inspired me to dust off my machine and sew too!
I was honored to have two designs in the book, Holle's Spell Top which is a tank top and lace shawl all in one. It is knit it Ancient Arts Merino Silk Fingering in color Fog Warning, and this yarn just glides through your fingers as you knit.
Titania's Talisman is all about the sleeves, with three sleeve options to choose from. It is knit in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Fingering in two colors: Gussied Up and Weathered.
An extra, pleasant surprise for me was being featured in the same book as Antoinette Andriese from the Netherlands. Antoinette earned her masters certification in hand knitting from The Knitting Guild Association this year and "met" through TKGA. You can find Antoinetee on Ravelry as Beauxknits Design. The knitting world is a small one, and I love how collaborative efforts like books and magazines bring designers, farms, yarn dyers, publishers, photographers, knitters and artists of many trades together.
The photos were taken in Germany's Black Forest and are enchanting indeed. To see all of the designs or to order a book, please visit the Valiant Tailoress website.
Photos by Ellin Anderegg
Hello! I'm Donna Estin, knitwear designer, certified master knitter and instructor. I enjoy designing artistic knitwear that is comfortable. I specialize in sweaters with a contemporary silhouette.