Steph: Hi Susanne! Â Thank you for being an interviewee. What are your favorite items to knit for gifts?
Susanne: I must admit Iâ€™m not much of a gift knitterâ€¦ Certainly I have made knit and crochet gifts in the past, but while well received, havenâ€™t seen much or any use as far as I can tell. My husband must be the worst offender: I made him a pair of slipper socks when he was complaining about not having warm slippers to wear. This must have been my second pair of socks ever. The only time he had them on was when I made him for my project page picture.
I guess Iâ€™m firmly in the selfish knitter camp. Two notable exceptions are my children: they are very knit worthy and are regularly recipients of hats, scarves and cardigans.
Which of your patterns are great for gifts?
That really dependsâ€¦ For newborn babies my favorite is theÂ Sweet as Pi baby cardigan, which can be made less geeky by using the sheep or rabbit picture instead of the Pi symbol. Most of my friends really appreciate the Pi though.
I like the Pi symbol too! What other patterns do you recommend?
The IJskristal Slouchy Hat makes a lovely gift as well and is relatively fast to knit up.
My personal favorite, however, Â is the Moerbei shawlette: it can be used for dressing up or down, can be worn as a scarf or more shawl-like. That color! That texture! A touch of lace too! Â When I bought that yarn I had a vision of what it should become. I worked on the design and sample when on holiday in France and it came out exactly as I envisioned. I so love it when things work out like that.
Which are most popular?
My most popular pattern is without a doubt the Handspun Delight. The big blue green one in the pattern pictures is also, hands down, my favorite go-to shawl when I just want to get warm and cozy. It is extra special for me, because I made it with various different skeins of my own handspun yarn.
Which do you think are great but overlooked?
The Gladiool Hat & Cowl Set! Almost everybody has one or more skeins of multi-colored heavy weight yarn that are just hard to find the right pattern for. That is specifically the type of yarn for which these patterns were designed. These patterns are relatively new though, so it is very well possible that the folks having yarn like this stashed somewhere in the back of their closet havenâ€™t found it yet.
Any new designs for the GAL?
Certainly! I have just released the Zoel Hat and the matching Zoel scarf is currently in testing. I also just opened up the test for the IJskristal Convertible Scarf/Cowl, that matches the IJskristal hat. Both will probably be released somewhere mid-December.
I would also like to add, that people are always welcome in my group (La Visch Designs) for questions and fun.
Thank Â you Susanne!