Hello friends! Today we have knitwear designer Cassie Munksgard in our Designer Spotlight. Cassie lives in Northern California and I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her today. Lots of really fun striped patterns, if you’re still looking for your July Camp Project! (Pattern links go to Ravelry, yarn links go to The Loopy Ewe.)
Loopy: Hi Cassie – thanks for being in our Spotlight today. How long have you been a knitter and who taught you to knit?
Cassie: Hi Loopy! I started knitting right after moving to California in 2007. I moved here from Iowa to be with my (now) husband and didn’t really have any friends in the area. He was working on some further education after college and so my evenings were very open and I was BORED. His sister had taken up knitting and I wanted in! My impatience found me on youtube figuring it all out, and in no time I was on my way.
Loopy: That seems like it was a smart decision on your part. And fun to have a sister in law to sahre this with. What is your favorite type of item to knit?
Cassie: I’m a little bit of a shawl junkie, and you’ll generally find me happy as can be stitching away on one.
Loopy: I do see a lot of beautiful shawls in your designs. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?
Cassie: I don’t like knitting to be a challenge for the most part. I choose simple and soothing patterns, something to let my mind be at rest after a day of work. I’d like to think that this is the kind of pattern people are looking for when they find my designs.
Loopy: Well that is definitely the kind of patterns I’m always looking for. I agree with you. When did you start designing, and what spurred that interest?
Cassie: I started designing the second I picked up the needles, but I never put ink to paper with it for a long time. It took me a little while to find online resources to find patterns so I just made things up as I went. Mostly scarves for my family using stitch dictionaries. Once I found Ravelry, I no longer needed to do so and just purchased patterns from others, until a cowl I wanted just didn’t exist, and there it was born.
Loopy: Aren’t stitch dictionaries fun to experiment with? I think every knitter should have at least one in their knitting library! Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?
Cassie: I’ve thought long and hard on the answer to this, and it’s probably the one I’m designing right now because it’s the most ME. I love simple texture and classic design elements and I’m revisiting this in a big way with a collection for fall. But in the meantime, the pattern I keep going back to is Olema. THAT shawl is what I’m all about as a designer, and you’re about to see a whole lot more.
Loopy: I like the stripes in that one and am imagining it in all kinds of color combos. What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?
Cassie: I love looking at a pile of yarn I love and noodling on all its possibilities as a design. Not so much love for typing it all out.
Loopy: I don’t think many designers like that part so much. The creative part is just more fun. Do you do this business full-time, or on the side? And is that hard? Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?
Cassie: While knitting is my passion, I have a full time job working in finance, which I also love. It’s a good balance for me, even though we all wish we had more knitting time. Right?
Loopy: For sure. It would help if at least the weekends could include 36 hour days. Does anyone else in your family knit?
Cassie: My Grandma Betty made intricate lace doilies and afghans when I was growing up. She taught me how and so I have a little bit of muscle memory in that department, but I don’t understand the first thing about crochet. I bet I could still whip up an acrylic pot holder that’s sure to be melted within a week.
Loopy: It’s special to have a grandma that taught you to knit. Carrying on the family tradition! Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?
Cassie: My husband and I are big outdoor enthusiasts. We enjoy hiking, drives along the coast, and visiting as many National Parks as we can get to.
Loopy: You’re lucky to be living in such a beautiful place with quick access to the ocean and those wonderful drives What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?
Cassie: Knitting under the shade of a redwood tree overlooking cliffs on the coast. Too dreamy, right?
Loopy: Not too dreamy at all. It sounds relaxing and inspiring, all at the same time! Ok, last question: Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors? 🙂
Cassie: Morning AND night? Can I choose that? Or maybe I’m neither? /Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening / Solids have my heart.
Loopy: Maybe you’re a “middle of the day” person? That should be an option. Thanks again for being in our Spotlight this week!
Cassie has set up a code for 20% off one of her patterns through her Ravelry Pattern shop. The code is: LOOPY20 and is valid July 2 – 9, 2021.
Have a great weekend!