Next up: OMA
We know many of you will be excited to get your hands on Lilith's skeins, and frankly, so are we!
When did you start knitting/spinning/crocheting?
I don't actually remember when I first learned the basics of knitting - I think it may have been in the Brownies. Although I'd learned the basics fairly early on, I didn't knit at all until about ten years ago, when a friend got quite into knitting - she wanted to go along to the Glasgow Knit & Stitch group, but was too shy to go by herself, so she dragged me along! I picked up some random yarn & needles just to have something to take with me, and got completely hooked. I met a spinner through the Glasgow group who let me have a go on her wheel, and loved that as well, then started reading up on spinning & dyeing. I started experimenting with dyeing yarn & fibre just for my own use, but loved the dyeing process so much that I was quickly producing more than I could use myself, so I thought I'd stick some online & see if anyone else liked it....
What was your first knitting/spinning/crochet project?
I can't remember what I ended up doing with the random yarn I bought to take along to the knitting group, but my first proper project was Ysolda's "Arisaig" cardi, which I ended up swapping to a friend for more yarn (I put on some weight & it didn't really suit me anymore - now that I'm back in shape I really want to knit it again!).
Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?
What product/pattern are you most proud of?
My current favourites are the two Shetland laceweights I dye - they've been custom-spun for Old Maiden Aunt Yarns and they're absolutely gorgeous. They're both worsted-spun, so they have a lovely bloom & halo once they're knitted & blocked. There's a traditional 1ply cobweb laceweight and a heavier 2ply laceweight - I think of that one as a "gateway" laceweight, for those who are a little scared of the cobweb 1ply!!
How many WIPS have you got?
Surprisingly for me, I only have two projects on the needles at the moment, and I'm quite close to finishing one! There are a few things that I'm dying to cast on though, and I should be getting my first parcel from Cookie A.'s 2013 sock club next week, so I expect that number will increase quite soon!!
Do you use Ravelry?
I'm on Ravelry too much sometimes! There's an Old Maiden Aunt Yarns group on Ravelry which is a great way to get to know some of my customers better, and see what my yarns become once they've left my studio, which is great - I don't get as much time as I'd like to knit with my own yarns, so it's lovely to see the beautiful projects that my customers make.
Have you got a favourite pattern desiger and why?
I love Karina Westermann's designs - her lace patterns are interesting without being too fussy or "flowery", which suits my style - I much prefer geometric lace patterns & clean lines. I also really like Heidi Kirrmaier (PiPiBird on Ravelry) and Kirsten Johnstone (assemblage on Ravelry) for the same reasons - geometric patterns with clean, simple lines that are still interesting to knit. And I want to knit almost everything from Kate Davies' new book!!
What's on your needles/hook/spindle right now?
"Boardwalk" by Heidi Kirrmaier (using my own Shetland 2ply & Shetland cobweb, held together - the resulting fabric is fantastic!) and "Wellwood" by Michelle Wang (using the discontinued Rowanspun 4ply). I've got a thing for fine-gauge wooly sweaters & cardigans at the moment!!
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?
Yikes, that's difficult! At the moment, I'd have to say Shetland wool - it's such a lovely fibre and quite underappreciated (although i think Kate Davies is singlehandedly bringing it back!). I do love my luxury, silky soft blends, but there's something beautiful about a proper *wooly* wool.
We are excited to have you on board, Lilith!