I wanted to know more about this different take on Christmas decorations, so I decided to ask their designer Claire about this design, and about her knitting designs in general. Here is what she said:
Me: The Animal Balls are great Christmas tree decorations with a difference. Where did the idea for them come from?
Claire: Animal balls happened because I wanted a woodland theme for my own Christmas tree last year, I wasn’t originally planning on releasing the pattern, but am glad my family persuaded me to.
Me: How did you start designing patterns?
Claire: I started designing because my then-three-year-old son requested a hat with trains on and I couldn’t find a pattern so I created my choo choo beanie.
Claire: My favourite design so far is probably my midnight owls hat, I love colourwork and I’ve received so many nice comments from knitters who have made one.
Me: What type of item do you most like to design, and why?
Claire: What I like to design goes in phases, recently it has been hats, but at the moment it is lace shawls. What I love the most is texture and bright colours.
Me: What do you plan to design next?
Claire: I currently have a sketchpad full of colourwork sweater designs that I am hoping will come to fruition next year, I’m quite excited about these and I’m hoping to get started after Christmas.
Enjoy the rest of the Gift-A-Long!!