Me: How long have you been knitting? How did you start designing?
Jo :It seems like I’ve been knitting forever! My grandmother taught me when I was about 8 years old, and I was never told that anything was too hard for me. The first ever jumper I made was when I was about 15 and I copied it from a magazine in the school library but had to translate it from French first!
Like many people I’ve always tweaked patterns, but I suppose I really started on the designing path when I struggled to find a pattern for toe-up socks with the traditional heel flap, which is what I like to knit.
Me: You clearly like to design socks - where do you get your design inspiration from?
Jo: I’m a mathematician at heart, so the majority of my designs are based around geometrical patterns. I get a lot of inspiration from looking at architecture, which has always been a love of mine. I have a great admiration for people who make beautiful designs inspired by nature.
Me: Which is your favourite of your designs, and why?
Jo: That’s a hard choice, but I’d have to say Jagged Edge, I think it’s a nicely balanced design, and a number of different patterns to keep your interest all the way to the end. The pair I kept for myself are a lovely golden yellow which always makes me smile, and I really like the (optional) picot cuff.
Jo: If I’m knitting for myself, I love to find a wild yarn and hope for pooling, some of the Indie dyers in Germany especially do some amazing work. For designs though, I think it’s important for customers to be able to see all the detail of the design, so more often than not I’ll use Regia. It has a fantastic range of colours, is an affordable choice and very hard wearing.
Me: Any future designs you can tell any spoilers or sneak peeks about?
Jo: I have a cowl design that I’m very pleased with, that will be ready for release in early December – it’s got lots of texture but no purl stitches, I know so many people hate purling. For the new year, I already have a couple of colourwork sock designs planned, and some intricate cables.
Thanks, Jo, for answering my questions. I look forward to seeing your new designs, and have a great time in the GAL. I'm off to wind yarn now for On Cloud 9! I love a textured sock!