Designer Spotlight: Martina Behm

mostly-warmness-The-Loopy-EweIf you’re one of our regular blog readers, I know you’re all familiar with Martina’s patterns, as I think I have linked to her fun and popular patterns more than anyone else’s here in the blog! She has so many popular designs that work beautifully for multi-colored skeins of yarn (the ones you buy because you love the color combination, but then you’re not sure what you’re going to do with it?). And the Nuvem that I made continues to be one of my favorite wrap-arounds in the winter and on airplanes. Here’s a little peek into Martina’s life and her designing. Enjoy!

Loopy: Thanks for being in the Spotlight today, Martina! So how long have you been a knitter, and who taught you to knit?

Tubularity-The-Loopy-EweMartina: I learned how to knit when I was 8 years old – that’s more than 30 years ago – phew! My grandma Lisa taught me (she will be 90 next year), and my first little project was a light blue garter stitch scarf for my doll. Still my favorite stitch pattern!

Loopy: I guessed that garter stitch might be your favorite, as so many of your patterns use that stitch. I think that’s one reason so many people love your patterns. Easy to make but unique and fun at the same time. What is your favorite type of item to knit?

Martina: Triangular shawlettes, obviously, and anything that has an interesting construction or geometrical shape, and as few purl stitches as possible! I have a very inefficient method of purling, and I guess that is the reason why I like to knit and design purl-free patterns.

Miss-Winkle-The-Loopy-EweLoopy: You always seem to be so innovative in your designs. I don’t think anyone misses the purling. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?

Martina: That would be the “Tabi Socks” by Veronik Avery from her book “Knitting Classic Style”. They have a very pretty, delicate lace pattern on the top of the foot that I was unable to memorize, so I had to look at the chart all the time. But they were surely worth the effort, they turned out very beautifully. I knit them as a birthday gift for my mom a couple of years ago and she still treasures them and wears them on special occasions.

Trillian-The-Loopy-EweLoopy: I went and looked those up. Those are pretty. It almost looks like cobblestones going up the front of the sock. Lucky for your mom! When did you first start designing, and what spurred that interest?

Martina: When I had my first child, I knit some children’s garments from an old eastern German pattern book that I had found on e-bay. It was from the 1950’s and the patterns were not really patterns, but rough guidelines. Often you were asked to shape something according to a schematic, without it telling you exactly how many stitches to decrease. So I learnt how to do that and also how to adapt those patterns to heavier yarns. (In the 50’s, apparently they knit everything on size 0 needles). At the same time, I started reading Elizabeth Zimmermann’s “Knitting Without Tears” that tells you that yes, you can knit anything you want as long as you know how to calculate a few things. And she was really innovative in constructing knitted items. I liked Hitchhiker-The-Loopy-Ewethat. And at some point, I started making up my own.

Loopy: That’s where your innovative streak comes from! Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

Martina: That’s a very hard question. Usually it is the one I have just worked on, and right now it is the next design for my Strickmich! Club, which turned out beautifully! The one I like most construction-wise is my Matchmaker, which is a big, triangular cowl knit entirely in garter stitch. The shawlettes I wear most are my striped “Ecken + Kanten” (“Corners + Edges”) and “Miss Winkle”. I just think the little loops are cute!

Matchmaker2-The-Loopy-EweLoopy: What is your favorite part of designing? And your not-so-favorite part?

Martina: I love playing with geometric shapes, sketching and figuring out what would be the easiest way to achieve a certain effect. Swatching is also great because I get to play with yarn and see if my plan works – it is wonderful when it does! One thing I do not like that much is translating my patterns. I always write them in English first (although English is not my native language, you can probably tell) because I think the English knitting language is much more concise and easier to understand. I then translate everything back to German, which is fiddly. You really have to pay attention and it is not very creative, so that is really not my favorite part.

Nuvem-The-Loopy-EweLoopy: That’s so interesting that you write it up in English first. I’m actually happy that your patterns are in English at any point in the process! Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing? And do you do this business full or part time?

Martina: I am a mom and I have two kids (5 and 8 years old) and a husband, and I take care of most of the housework. So my designing is part-time. I used to work as a freelance writer for “Brigitte Magazine” here in Germany, but I have given that up in favor of knitwear design. I really enjoy being my own boss (at least during the times when my kids are not around). I do this part-time and my husband is helping me with a lot of things like organizing our Club. I am getting the feeling that it is very important to not be on your own with your business and have Endless-Rainbow-The-Loopy-Ewesomeone to team up with. The dyers I have worked with for our club are a great example – they all have business partners, husbands, or grown-up children working with them. Sure, even if you are a team, still something difficult may come up, but you are not alone. And if everything runs fine, you can enjoy it together!

Loopy: It’s always nice to have family help in the business. I’m fortunate to have that, too. Does anyone else in your family knit?

Sleeves-The-Loopy-EweMartina: Now that you have me thinking about it, it turns out no one really knits. My grandma used to knit socks for everyone but gave that up in favor of Norwegian-style embroidery which she enjoys and loves a lot. My mother can’t really knit because she had Polio when she was a child (no vaccines back then), so she cannot use her left hand the way knitters usually do. So I try to knit her every hat, sock and shawlette she desires, because she cannot do it herself. She helps me with the sewing machine in return! My 8-year-old son actually prefers to crochet. But I recently taught my husband to knit garter stitch, and I still have hopes that he will pick up his half-finished potholder again one day!

Viajante-The-Loopy-EweLoopy: The only trouble with that is that he might want to share your stash as he gets more into knitting. You’ll have to make sure he starts his own stash! Are there other hobbies that you enjoy as well?

Martina: I love to play the piano, and I play the guitar a little bit, badly, but enthusiastically.

Loopy: What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?

Martina: Driving to the shores of the Baltic Sea, preferably the island Fehmarn where my family used to spend their summer vacations on a camping site. I would walk on the beach, pick up pebbles, breathe salty air and enjoy the view.

Ecken-plus-Kanten-The-Loopy-EweLoopy: That sounds beautiful! Ok – last question – Morning or Night person? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors?

Martina: I have my best hours and feel most motivated to start new projects after 10 pm at night. Sadly, that is the time when I have to go to sleep because school starts at 8 am here in Germany, and we have to get up at 6:30 to get everyone ready. I have a very hard time getting up in the morning, and I try to compensate with lots and lots of coffee.  I am a continental knitter, and although I am curious about the “throwing” method, I am just a tiny bit too lazy to try it. And solids or multicolors – that depends, of course! Knitting with multicolors is just plain fun, especially when you can achieve some pooling, striping or spiraling with it. When I knit my latest pattern “Endless Rainbow”, it was pure joy to see the colors emerge and the effect they create next to each other. But for some projects, solids are obviously the way to go, especially if you are doing complicated cables or lace. So, really, every kind of yarn has its place in the this world – and, of course, in my stash!

Naiada-The-Loopy-EweLoopy: Everyone needs a well-rounded stash! Anything else you’d like to add?

Martina: When can I come see your lovely store?

Loopy: Ha – ANY time. We would love to have you visit! 🙂

So have you made some of Martina’s patterns? Or do you have some on your list to make? Which one(s)? Martina is offering our Loopy blog readers $1 off of one of her patterns, your choice! Simply enter the code: theloopyewe upon checkout. This offer is good between July 11 and 18, so pop over and pick one!

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Designer Spotlight: Hunter Hammersen

Delias EucharisI’m excited to have Hunter Hammersen in our Designer Spotlight today. Hunter’s books have always been in my personal library (and even on the “special books of inspiration shelf“!), and I can’t wait for you to get to know more about her today.

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

Hunter: I more or less taught myself in college. I figured out something resembling the knit stitch and made a very ugly rectangle. Having never been very good at taking small steps, I then decided that I was clearly ready to work intricate cables. I got Elsebeth Lavold’s Viking Patterns for Knitting, picked out the most complicated cable pattern in the thing, and decided to whack it on a scarf. Unfortunately, I had no real concept of gauge or yarn selection. I picked out some nubbly blue acrylic stuff from Walmart and needles to match. And by match, I mean ‘look pretty with the Lycaena Virgaureaeyarn,’ they were totally the wrong size. I then proceeded to tackle the cable pattern (more or less figuring out how to purl and wield a cable needle along the way). The nubbly bits hid the cable almost completely, and the yarn/needle combo resulted in a fabric so dense it could be used to hold up a sagging porch. But I did make cables. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to add on more yarn, so I was stymied about 6 inches in. I put the needles away for a while after that.

Polyommatus Corydon HatI picked it up again a few years later, this time with lace. I thought that a skein of laceweight was long enough that I wouldn’t ever have to worry about joining on new yarn. So I tried Knitty’s Branching Out scarf.

Along the way, I learned to do increases and decreases. Unfortunately I did not learn about winding my yarn into a ball. Instead I would open up the skein, wind off ten rounds or so, twist the skein closed, and knit that yarn. I did that for the whole scarf. I did learn rather a lot about picking knots out of laceweight yarn. I also found that you can use up that seemingly endless skein of yarn long before you’ve reached the hoped for length of scarf. I’ve still got this (rather short) scarf tucked away in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. I took another break after that.

Smerinthus Ocellatus CuffThen in 2007, I decided to try socks. Socks yarn came in tidy pre-wound balls, and came in the right length for socks. So I wouldn’t have to deal with loose loops of yarn or figure out how to join on more yarn. It took me two months, but I managed a pair. Another soon followed. And then another.

Loopy: That is the best learn-to-knit-journey I have read. You made some GREAT mistakes! (And by mistakes, I totally mean you took a few detours on the most effective route to knitting.) Funny! What is your favorite type of item to knit?

Chrysanthemum Frutescens SocksHunter: It’s sort of a tie between socks and swatches. Which I know sounds dreadfully odd, but it’s true. Socks were my first love, and I still feel they’re more or less the perfect knitting project. But they take a long time, and I don’t get to as many of them as I’d like. Swatches, on the other hand, are instant gratification (and most of my knitting is swatches these days, as I swatch, and write the patterns, and then have other lovely folks actually knit the samples you see in the books).

Loopy: Plus you get cute little squares of patterned yarn with swatches. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?

Hunter: I don’t really think any of the things I’ve knit have been challenging (at least not after I figured out some basic stuff like picking the right needles and winding my yarn…). After all, you Pinus Silvestris Hatcan make your way through any project if you just take it one stitch at a time. For me, it’s usually external factors (deadlines, pesky life stuff intruding on knitting time, sore wrists) that make things tricky.

Loopy: Well some of your patterns look magnificently challenging, but I agree – one stitch at a time usually gets you there. When did you start designing, and what spurred that interest?

Hunter: I am terrible at following instructions. So I started mucking about with other people’s patterns to make them do what I wanted very early on (and ruining some perfectly good socks along the way I might add). It was some time in 2009 when I realized that I didn’t have to start with someone else’s pattern and modify it…I could just make it myself from the start. And when you combine ‘terrible at following instructions’ with ‘alarmingly bossy?’ Well, writing instructions to tell other folks how to do what I did seemed like a natural next step!

QuiescentLoopy: And you are so good at it! Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

Hunter: You mean besides whatever I’m working on now? Because really, I’m terribly inconstant in my affections. Whatever I’m playing with at the moment is usually my favorite. But if I had to pick, I’d say I’m rather taken with the Quiescent slippers I put out earlier this year.

Loopy: What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?

Hunter: Getting to make things /exactly/the way I want. That’s actually the answer to both of your questions! Getting to be as picky as I want is fabulous, except when I find myself getting too tied up in the details, and have to make myself step back and stop obsessing.

Rubus Suberectus ShawlLoopy: Yes, it can be a two-edged sword, for sure. Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?

Hunter: It depends on what you mean by outside of pattern designing. In addition to designing, I publish my own books. That means that a fair amount of my time is spent talking to photographers and printers and freight companies or trying to sort out a shopping cart system for my website or doing my accounting or any of a host of alarmingly non-yarny things. The vast majority of my work time is spent doing things that support the business as a whole, rather than actually working on designing patterns. But I suspect that’s the case for anyone who actually turns this into a job!

WhippersnapperLoopy: Those tend to be the not-so-fun parts for an especially creative person, don’t they? Do you do this business full-time, or on the side? And is that hard?

Hunter: Full-time. I was working on my doctorate in history when I started publishing books. Somewhere along the way, I realized the books had become my full-time job (and that writing books was a lot more fun than being a professor was going to be). So I made the switch. It’s hard work, but I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.

Loopy: That was a good switch, then. Does anyone else in your family knit?

ColophonHunter: Not really. I think my mom and sister know how to knit and crochet, but neither actually do it.

Loopy: Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?

Hunter: I might just be slightly addicted to modern board games. The yarn stash takes up a bit more space than the games, but it isn’t ahead by much.

Loopy: Modern board games? Interesting. (I didn’t know there were enough games out there to rival a yarn stash.) What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?

GnomonHunter: Someone (someone other than me) should fix me a tasty breakfast, then I will lounge around reading all morning (possibly reading until I doze off and take a little nap…which always feels like the most decadent thing ever). But please do come wake me when lunch is ready, as I wouldn’t want to miss that. I think a nice game after lunch sounds lovely. By the time that’s over, it will likely be time for dinner. And after dinner we should go hang out in the back yard and have a little fire.

Loopy: No knitting in your day off? But then again, if knitting is your job, it wouldn’t be a day off, would it? Ok, so … Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors? 🙂

Narcissus Pseudo Narcissus SocksHunter: Morning! Don’t ask me to do anything requiring brain power after about 4:00 in the afternoon. It won’t go well. Tea…lots and lots of tea. I may have about two dozen different loose teas in the tea cupboard. Yes, tea cupboard…old ironing board cabinet in my kitchen now dedicated to tea storage (um, and there may be seven or eight kinds of honey in there too). And I may well be known to take a tea strainer and good tea with me on even the shortest of overnight trips…in case of emergency you understand. Combination knitting, more or less. Actually, don’t watch me knit. I’m fairly convinced I do it ‘wrong.’ I have, in fact, been told by lots of people that I do it wrong. I’m content to blithely ignore them and keep going. It seems to be working out ok so far. Solids. Or better yet, some lovely semi solids.

Loasa Lateritia SockLoopy: Well now I really want to see you knit sometime!

Hunter has generously offered all of our Loopy blog readers a 15% discount on her individual patterns, or ebooks. Click over to her Ravelry pattern page to check out all of your choices. The code for the Rav discount is: theloopyewe  and it will work from today through next Friday, June 27th. You can also find her hard copy books here (and there is a 10% pre-order discount already running there until 6/26, for her latest book). Also, be sure to pop over to her blog to keep up with her designing adventures and other fun things. She has cute cats named Douglas, Barry and Levon, she has a delicious sounding recipe for Brown Sugar Basil Iced Tea, and I want her Tea Cabinet. The whole thing, all filled up like that.

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Designer Spotlight: Joji Locatelli

Make A WishI’m happy to introduce you to Joji Locatelli in the Designer Spotlight today! Joji’s sweater and shawl patterns always catch my eye as I’m poking around Ravelry, looking at projects. I know many of you are big Joji fans, so hopefully you’ll learn something new about her today!

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

Joji: Thank you so much for having me! I learnt to knit as a child (my Mum taught me the basics), but only knitted a couple of scarves back then.  When I was in my mid-twenties I suddenly felt an urge to knit again, and since I couldn’t find any patterns or ideas that I liked, I searched on the internet and I got absolutely hooked by knitting and the world of knitting blogs and communities.

SONY DSCLoopy: There is a lot to find on the internet. I’m glad it drew you back to knitting! What is your favorite type of item to knit?

Joji: I like knitting just anything, but sweaters are the projects I enjoy the most. They have so many different parts and pieces… You never get bored.

Bohemian GirlLoopy: I really love so many of your patterns. I need to get better at completing sweaters, and not just starting them. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?

Joji: I never think of a technique or a level of difficulty as challenging… But I remember that I found Boxy challenging because I would need to knit so much, and I wasn’t sure about how it would fit me.  It was a leap of faith, so I knit all those miles of stockinette and I only tried it on when it was finished and blocked.  Luckily, it’s one of my favorite designs now.

Boxy1Loopy: That has been a hugely popular design! (It’s on my list.) When did you start designing, and what spurred that interest?

Joji: I think I started “designing” when I was a little girl, even before actually knitting.  When I was young, I would tell my mother what I wanted to wear so that she could knit it for me.  She explained to me how a sweater should be constructed (knitted flat, in pieces and then sewn), and she taught me how to do the calculations according to her gauge and my size. She was a bit lazy with maths, so she would always tell me that if I wanted that sweater done I needed to give her the numbers of stitches to cast on and such. So it was easy for me to design my own knitting projects when I started knitting myself. It was a long, amazing road from that point to publishing my patterns for other people to knit.

Old RomanceLoopy: It sounds like she handled that just right, in terms of setting you up for future designing success! Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

Joji: This changes all the time, usually my latest one is always the favorite, and in this case it’s Old Romance.  I love the beautiful romantic look, the flattering lines and the delicate lace.

 Loopy: That one has a fun detail going down the arms! What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?

Joji: My favorite part is being able to use my creativity!  Anything can happen when you design knitwear.  The stitches can travel just any place. My least favorite part, ironically is precisely doing the maths required for all sizes…

Autumn BlushLoopy: You must have burnt out on pattern math early on! Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?

Joji: Just being a Mum. 🙂

Loopy: Do you do this business full-time, or on the side? And is that hard?

Joji: I am at the moment doing it full-time, or at least as much as I can handle, and I don’t think it’s any harder than other job.  In fact, it’s much better because it’s my dream job.  So I feel blessed.  I would never complaint of having to work too much.

MeridienLoopy: It sounds like a perfect way to work around being home with your family. Does anyone else in your family knit? 

Joji: Well, my Mum does!  She lives very close to us, so we spend long afternoons knitting together and chatting about new projects.  I still couldn’t convince my husband to try it out, but my eldest son seems to be interested in it (my youngest is still very busy trying to stay a baby as much as he can).

Loopy: I haven’t convinced my husband to try it, either. Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?

Joji: Not as much as knitting!

Sunset ShawlLoopy: What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?

Joji: I’d say the perfect day off would be with my husband and boys around, sightseeing in a big city, with a knitting project in my bag.

Loopy: Finally – Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors?

Joji: I am a night owl, I could stay up late until dawn, drinking coffee, of course. 🙂 I knit English style, most of the time with straight needles, one of them under my right armpit (unless knitting in the round)…  and I prefer semisolids.

NeonLoopy: Thanks again for popping in on the blog today!

Joji is offering our blog readers one of her patterns at $1 off, between today and May 2. Check out her patterns on Ravelry and pick a fun one, then pop over to The Loopy Ewe to get some yarn to go with it! The pattern discount code is: theloopyewe

So, who has already knit one of Joji’s patterns, and what did you make?

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Designer Spotlight – Verybusymonkey

VerybusymonkeyThe more I knit, the more I find that I like patterns with texture. A mixture of fun stitches that “pop” on the socks, shawls, sweaters, or hats that I’m working on. (Ok, not on the sweaters, since I don’t make them. Much. But I favorite textured sweaters with high hopes!) Today’s designer has patterns that always catch my eye, when I’m scrolling around on Ravelry. I love what she does! I’m happy for you to get to know a bit more about Stephanie from Verybusymonkey.

Solar Flare ShawlLoopy: Hi Stephanie! Thanks for being in our Designer Spotlight today. How long have you been a knitter, and who taught you to knit?

Stephanie: Hi Loopy! A big thank you for asking me to do this! I learned how to knit when I was pretty young, probably 7-8 years old, but I didn’t like it much at the time. I thought it required way too much counting, I preferred crochet, which I did for many, many years – I’m pretty sure most of my relatives and good friends have afghans as evidence of this! I re-discovered knitting about eight years ago and haven’t looked back since!

Cadence SocksLoopy: Lucky for us that you re-discovered knitting, and pattern-designing in the process. What is your favorite thing to knit?

Stephanie: I really enjoy knitting shawls. I love the loose gauge (easy on the hands), and the magic of blocking them. They create such elegant garments, and you can use luxurious yarns to create them.

Canyonlands ShawlLoopy: And shawls are so wearable. Around the shoulders, around the neck – great for warming up. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?

Stephanie: Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I like a good challenge in most things so I’m not sure anything I’ve knit stands out in that way. Mostly projects become challenging for me when I don’t like knitting them (that is, they are too fiddly, or hurt my hands) or I’m not happy with the yarn/pattern combo. Generally speaking though, I like to knit/design things that look complicated but are not actually so, it is supposed to be relaxing after all! 🙂

Geology ShawlLoopy: Your patterns have a lot going on in them, which is one of the things that I really like about them. When did you start designing and what spurred that interest?

Stephanie: I started designing in Summer 2008 when my baby horse was born. Horses are not a practical hobby as most people are aware, so at the time I thought that perhaps if one of my hobbies could pay for itself that would be great. 🙂 I found that I really enjoyed it! As an academic/teacher in my “real life”, I enjoy pulling together different ideas/elements and being able to explain/show things to people in a way that make them easy to understand Coriolis Effect(hopefully). I find pattern designing similar to teaching in that way. I also like to learn new things and, as mentioned earlier, I like a good challenge, so whether it be designing new courses or new knitting patterns, I like the creative aspects and elements of discovery of both.

Loopy: Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

Stephanie: Hmmm, another tough one… There are so many that I’m proud off and love to wear all the time. I suppose the one I am most proud of is the Olympic National Park shawl. I was really excited the day I managed to design a shawl to look like a forest! 🙂

Olympic National ParkLoopy: That one is pretty cool. A forest around your shoulders! What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?

Stephanie: I really like the challenge of coming up with something different and yet accessible/appealing to many people. I still haven’t figured out how to anticipate what people will or will not like, but there’s something really exciting about releasing a new pattern and seeing what kind of reception it gets.  As for my not-so-favorite part, I suppose it has to be the unproductive, negative comments I sometimes get. I had one person contact me to tell me she didn’t like the way my pattern is written, will never buy one again, and that she Coriolis Shawlconsidered her purchase of the pattern a “gift” to me. I feel like there’s nothing constructive in doing that. We’ve all tried patterns we don’t like, but there’s nothing to be gained from going out of your way to tell a designer that. It wasn’t as if she was asking for help, she just felt the need to be critical. I know you can never make everyone happy, but it is sometimes frustrating that people feel the need to make hurtful and unproductive comments.

Loopy: I don’t understand that about some people, either. But on the positive side, I know you have a HUGE group of fans out there, and that should more than make up for a few frustrating people! Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?

Helen SocksStephanie: Yes, in my non-knitting life I teach college students about monkeys (amongst other things)! 🙂

Loopy: I’m thinking maybe you should be teaching them about sheep, alpacas and goats. But ok, monkeys! Do you do this business full-time or on the side, and is that hard?

Stephanie: I design part-time, and it is hard. My academic work load varies from semester to semester and I commute to where I teach, so the amount of knitting time I get varies. Lately, I’ve been teaching a lot (which is great) but it has seriously cut down on my knitting/designing time. Luckily, with academia comes summer break so I plan to do LOTS of knitting/designing soon!

Garden Patch SocksLoopy: Good – something to look forward to for the rest of us, too! Does anyone else in your family knit?

Stephanie: Most of my family has been or is creative/artistic in some way, but I’m the only one who is into “fiber crafts”. One of my grandmothers used to knit, but she stopped long before I had any interest in it.

Loopy: Are there any other hobbies you enjoy?

Stephanie: Yes, my first love has always been horses. Ever since I could talk, it’s all I ever wanted. I now have two that I adore greatly.

Saturn's RingsLoopy: What would be your favorite way to spend a day off? (I’m guessing it involves knitting and horses!)

Stephanie: I am naturally a morning person, so waking up early to enjoy my coffee and knit is how I like to start my days. Once the sun is up, I will gladly play with my horses all day until the sun starts to descend and then it’s time for knitting again! I should add that my cat likes to join in (or interrupt rather) the knitting time by sitting on me, he’s rather a large cat… 🙂

Loopy: I’ve got a couple of cats like that! Now – Coke or Pepsi? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors?

Malachite ButterflyStephanie: I am not one for sugary drinks, so sparkling water, definitely coffee, although tea sometimes too, English, and semi-solids (of course there are some more subtle multicolors really draw me in).

Loopy: Thanks so much for being with us today!

As a special for our blog readers, Stephanie is giving a $1 discount off of any one of her patterns when you use the code: theloopyewe. The discount will be good from today (4/11) through next Friday (4/18).  Bonus – Stephanie is also running an anniversary sale on her patterns for the month of April, so if you find multiple patterns of hers that you’d like to buy instead of just one, you can take 10% off an entire purchase by using the coupon code: VBManniversary2014. Pop on over to her pattern shop on Ravelry and pick something fun! I’m currently making her Saturn’s Rings pattern and have learned a couple of new stitches in the process. I’ll share that with you soon.

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