We can't guarantee you good weather on the 16th March, but we do have some warm rays of a different kind for you...meet Dani Sunshine from Lioness Arts! When did you start knitting?
I learnt to knit as a child, but I took up knitting seriously a few years ago after I was given a pair of hand-knit socks by a friend. I asked her to teach me to knit socks (she was very patient) and I never looked back. I've never tried spinning, I'm afraid I'd enjoy it too much!
What was your first knittingvproject?
A Spurs football scarf for my dad. It had alternating blue and white squares with 'Tottenham Hotspurs' written on, a letter stranded into each square (I had no idea how ambitious it was at 9, I just did it.) Of course it was full of holes, I wish I knew where it was now ~ I think about that now when a technique seems too hard.
Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?
I'll have knitted samples of most of my designs, printed patterns and plenty of yarn in a variety of bases and colours, here's little taster:
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Seeing what people create using my yarns and patterns. I played a small part in their project and that's an amazing feeling ~
How many WIPS have you got?
Lots! But I usually only work on one thing at a time. I get startitis, then something catches my attention, and I'm monogamous.
Do you use Ravelry?
Yes. I love ravelry. You can find me there as lionessknits. There's also a friendly Lioness Arts ravelry group.
Have you got a favourite pattern designer and why?
Veera Valimaki. I really love her work and she inspires me to look at my knitting differently, to experiment. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
What's on your needles right now?
A hoodie. I made one for my son (pictured below), and he loves it. It's in my own hand-dyed BFL DK, which is one of the yarns I'll be bringing to Edinburgh Yarn Festival
If you had to pick just one kind of yarn to knit with/ tool to work with / fibre to spin for the rest of your life what would it be?
I can't pick just one. I am a real gadget geek, I like my fancy stitch markers, notepads, cute and quirky tools. I am usually in love with whatever I'm knitting with, and want to knit with that forever, so right now it's Bluefaced Leicester.
I'm really looking forward to Edinburgh Yarn Festival!
Thanks for coming all the way from Brighton!