When I saw All of my Ducks in a Row I knew it would be perfect for some of the multicoloured Wollmeise Twin skeins that I love to admire but rarely knit with because, you know, clown barf! There's only so many plain vanilla socks a girl can make from loud sock yarn!
The pattern uses slipped stitches to bring to mind the mother duck shepherding her babies in a row along the pond, leaving a trail of little bubbles in their wake.
Me: How did you first start designing knitting patterns?
Amy: I first got into design when I had first started knitting and couldn’t find a baby skirt pattern that fit my needs. Having only boys and not wanting to pay for something that wasn’t quite what I wanted for a gift, I knit and wrote my Girly Girl Skirt pattern. Being a math teacher, I love the logical and mathematical side of knitting so it was fun to combine that with creativity.
Amy: I am always finding myself attracted to multicolored yarns but don’t always love the way they pool. I wanted something that had cool texture but would work well for both variegated and semi solid yarns. This fit the bill. At first I was thinking it reminded me of flower buds but then the idea of little ducks zigzaging in the water with the little bubbles behind them seemed more appropriate.
Me: Which is your favourite of your designs, and why?
Amy: I am going to take the cop out answer here and say that I love all of my patterns for different reasons. I love the practical Bubbly Scrubber or the stylish Broken Up Boot Cuffs for a quick gift. I love my When You Wish shall for sentimental reasons. I adore the All of My Ducks in a Row for the textures. Each pattern has a texture I love or is a quick knit with a practical use or has a mathematical approach that I appreciate.
Me: What is your favourite type of item to design?
Amy: I love making my patterns a teaching piece. I want them to be approachable for all knitting levels and try to incorporate quicker ways of doing common techniques into my patterns, like cabling without a cable needle, short rows with no wraps and turns, etc. So I wouldn’t say I have a favorite item, but more a passion for passing on discoveries I have made that make knitting easier or yield a cleaner, more finished looking project.
Me: Finally, any sneak peeks of your future design plans?
Amy: I am the technical editor for 6 Bits Storybooks, which is a beautiful new knitting publication. I will also be a design contributor for the issue coming out this Spring. It will be an accessory that I am still working out the details for but I am honored to be included.
Thanks, Amy, for telling me about yourself and your designs. Now I must be off to wind some sock yarn ready to cast on for All my Ducks in a Row!!