One of my favorite parts of the Indie Design Gift-a-long is getting to know other designers. My first designer highlight of GAL 2014 is the estimable Jenise Reid – femininebydesign. Prolific hardly does Jenise justice, with her portfolio of 108 designs, 30 of which are 2014 new releases! So grab your organic tea, it’s time to dive into Jenise’s interview!
If you could only knit/crochet one item type of item, what would it be?
Sweaters. As much as I enjoy a quick accessory, I tend to think of them as things to be made between sweaters…
Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting?
The bootcuffs, or the headbands, depending on where you live. They are fast, don’t use a ton of yarn, and are easy to fit.
Which has been your most popular GAL design/s?
Wave Bootcuffs. And it doesn’t surprise me at all – it is a really great gift!
What has been the most exciting part of the GAL for you?
That’s hard – I have been enjoying the connections between designers as much as I have enjoyed participating in the chat and watching the FOs and prizes appear! GAL is just a really fun and exciting event all around! I have a lot of work booked, so I can’t hang around as much as I might like, but it has been fun popping in and out. I don’t even pretend to read all the chat, those threads are going crazy!
Will you have any new designs out in the GAL period? (before December 31)
Probably a couple – I need to get a photoshoot done, but the weather just isn’t doing its part! It is snowing and melting and I just want to sit inside and knit.
Have you every knit with eco yarns? If so, what pattern? Please provide a quick review on the yarn, too!
Not yet, but I have a gorgeous skein sitting beside the couch waiting till I have a chance to swatch it! It is Deneb from Vegan Yarn. I bought it at Knit City when I saw their shawl on display. It felt (and looked) just like the soft cotton sweaters I buy all the time, and I would love to knit a sweater out of the yarn. One day…
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Everywhere! From the clothing I own and love, to what I see around, to nature, to history, other places and cultures… I always have many more ideas than time to make them happen.
I leave you with previews of Jenise’s four featured bundles, which summate up her vast project types and highlight her extensive skills perfectly: