Designer Spotlight: Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre

Today we have Lucia Rodriguez in our Designer Spotlight. Lucia was born and lives in Spain. Her patterns showcase texture and color, and I know you’re going to enjoy learning more about her!

Pepita Tee Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Pepita Tee © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in CaMaRose Pimabomold 2/8)

Loopy: Hi Lucia! Thanks for being in our spotlight today. How long have you been a knitter and who taught you to knit?

Lucia: Hi Loopy! Thanks for giving me the opportunity in your space! I’ve been knitting for around six and a half years and I learned by myself. My first workbook was Margaret Radcliffe’s circular knitting workshop!

Kitelochi Shawl
Kitelochi Shawl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Magpie Swanky DK)


Loopy: Thank goodness for good books and videos, for those learning to knit without in-person help. Not the easiest, but at least there are options there. What is your favorite type of item to knit?

Lucia: I love knitting sweaters and jackets, although my most valued patterns are shawls.

Kokebi Sweater Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Kokebi Sweater © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Uncommon Thread Merino DK)


Loopy: You have some beautiful sweater patterns. I love the textures that come out in your patterns – whether in the sweaters or the shawls or the cowls. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?

Lucia: Well, I supposed that everything has been a challenge considering that I started knitting relatively recently and designing a year less than knitting.

Craspedia
Craspedia © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Uncommon Thread Posh Fingering)


Loopy: That was certainly a quick jump right into designing, once you learned. What spurred your interest in designing?

Lucia: I actually learned to knit so I could design. It was my goal even before I starting knitting. I had a fashion company, and I found it very interesting to design handmade garments to sell them. Then the objective changed and I designed for others to knit.

Valentina Shawl Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Valentina Shawl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Malabrigo Arroyo)

Loopy: That’s coming at this from the other way around – wanting to design knitwear, so you had to learn to knit! Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

Lucia: The latest one is always my favourite one, although I have a few that I love. But i prefer to keep the secret about it!

Patricia Hat
Patricia Hat © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Malabrigo Rios)

Loopy: I have several of your patterns that are my favorites, now. And you’ve got me thinking about trying brioche again, because your brioche patterns are so beautiful. What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?

Lucia: I love to have the idea, and starting knitting it. I do not love so much to write the pattern, it’s a bit boring.

Easy Peasy Shawl Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Easy Peasy Shawl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Dream in Color City)


Loopy: I think that would be my favorite and least favorite, too. Do you do this business full-time, or on the side?  And is that hard? Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?

Lucia: I can say that designing is my main job, although I develop other related activities such as giving online workshops and I also work for Rowan Spain as an external commercial advisor.

Justina's Cowl
Justina’s Cowl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Uncommon Thread Merino DK)

Loopy: Your Rowan Spain job must be a good way to stay connected to the larger knitting community, too. Does anyone else in your family knit?

Lucia: No, no one in my family knits. My grandmothers knitted, both of them, and they did it very well. One of them was even an excellent designer, but neither taught me, and neither did I have any interest in learning. In my family, everything related to female manual labor was not transferable. Women of my generation had to be professionals outside of our home and that type of work was considered old, outdated and even sexist. Now my family is very proud of my work, but it has been a long way to raise awareness.

Andrea Shawl Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Andrea Shawl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Wollmeise Pure)


Loopy: It’s nice that you have a family history of knitting, and then you also have the benefit of living in a time when that is more respected. I’m not surprised that they are proud of you! Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?

Lucia: I live next to the Atlantic ocean and I love going for a walk, watching the sea with music in my headphones and time to do it, because I don’t have much time. I also love the cinema and of course traveling. And what I like the most after knitting is cooking. I enjoy it so much that I couldn’t live without cooking!

Atlantico Cowl
Atlantico Cowl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Malabrigo Rios)

Loopy: What a beautiful place to live – so close to the ocean. I think I would walk more if I had that view! What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?

Lucia: Being with my husband. We don’t have much time to be together so that’s the best idea I can think of right now. 🙂

Uxia Shawl Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Uxia Shawl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Dream in Color City)

Loopy: Maybe a walk along the ocean with him! Ok, last questions: Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors? 🙂

Lucia: Night. I can knit until 1 am almost every night. I was a coffee girl, but now I’m starting to love tea! Always Continental and solids, please!

Leonor Shawl Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Leonor Shawl © Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre (try it in Malabrigo Rios)


Loopy: Thanks again for being with us today, Lucia. It was lovely to get to know you a bit more!

Lucia has set up a code for her Ravelry Pattern shop. This gives you 20% off one of her patterns. The code is: theloopyewe and is valid June 11-18, 2021.

Happy Knitting, and pop back to the blog on Monday to see what our July Camp Loopy Challenge is going to involve!

Sheri

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