We’re celebrating this month’s release of One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs, the first book of a new series that focuses on two-skein projects. Talking with us today is design contributor Laurie Kimmelstiel.
Tell us about the Ruffled Collar Capelet.
It is a romantic and very feminine piece. I envisioned it as the perfect cover-up for any dressy outfit to add a bit of whimsy and romance to a simple sleeveless dress. Perfect too, as an addition to a wedding outfit (it would be stunning knit in white to wear over a sleeveless wedding dress for the ceremony) or to add some charm to bridesmaid outfit. It has a Peter Pan beaded collar that ruffles slightly to mimic the similar, slightly wavy, ruffled body of the capelet.
How did you choose your yarn combination?
Actually, [author Iris Schreier] made the final decision on the yarn, but I knew it had to have some silk and sparkle.
How did you adapt your creative process to the two-skein limit?
This was not really a problem. The yardage for Artyarns’ Ensemble is quite generous and I had plenty for my design.
Did you enjoy working with a limit?
I love working with a limit. I can more easily calculate what I’ll use – because I am limited but also because there is always “an end in sight!”
What is your approach to design? How would you define your design style?
I look for designs everywhere and often see garments worn on others or in magazines or newspapers that inspire me. I get some sort of idea in my head and then I often play with several yarns and stitches before deciding which ones work best. I like more “feminine” designs that have beautiful drape on the body and I also love designs that are somewhat dramatic, so that they make a statement and draw positive attention to the wearer. I keep my knitting journal handy so that I can write down what I am doing – much easier to erase than to try to remember the pattern design after I’ve completed most of the project.