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Shirley S.

Meet the Author

Hey there, can you introduce yourself?

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I´m 46 years. I studied Industrial Design in Berlin at the University of art.
Since 2001 I live in a small town in the northern of Germany with my husband, my two daughters, our dog an 4 chickens.
After Studies I worked as a digital interface designer . But I missed to work by head AND hand ;).
In my free time I have always done something creative. So in 2009 I decided to found my on label, Capstatt - The Workshop for Handmade Design.

Tell us a bit about the book?

I had this idea about the modular principle. And during the whole work on this book, I was always fascinate that it works so easy. Each cuddly animal is knitted in one piece using the same basic pattern, but for each animal I designed an individual face. It was wonderful seeing how it becomes a mouse or a lion or a zebra.

What was the inspiration behind it?

My inspiration are often my two daugthers. The idea for the little animals was that they become a little friend that can sit next to them during a class test.

Which is your favourite project?

My favorites are two of the animals. The mouse because it was the first one. And the zebra. I love the nose.

What is your craft space like?

I have the great fortune to have a nice, bright craft space in my house, with lots of drawers full of wool and other things to be creative.
Trough the patio door I can step directly in my garden, in good weather I sit and knit outside.

Have you always been creative?

Yes, I have been always creative: knitting, painting, working with paper, sewing also working in the garden or cooking could be creative work. For me, a day without being creative, is a bad day.

When did you first start crafting?

I was about 8 years, my mother taught me knitting. My first project was a sweater, but it becomes a really big blue mohair tent ;)

Who are your crafty heroes?

I love the works of Marianne Isager. She is a danish designer. She makes wonderful knittings.

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere and anytime. When I go for a new project, it comes to my mind no matter where I am. It can happen during a walk in the forest or while shopping in a mall.

What's next for you?

I am working on a new book. It will be published in summer 2014. This project is totally different from the cuddly animals.

Publisher's Description

A cute little pig, a cuddly lion, a big-eared elephant, an irresistible cat, an adorable sheep and a whimsical unicorn are just a few of the characters in the enchanting woolly menagerie. Children and grown ups will love the different characters, and knitters will be delighted with the easy methods of making one. Warm and full of personality, the animals are developed from the basic shape with ease, with knitters having the choice of different ears, arms, legs and tails to accentuate individual features. A start up section shows them how, close up photographs are accompanied by instructions and charts and the way the author designer has paired the animals up for ease of reference is charming. Knitters of all skill levels will find much to enjoy in this book if they are seeking the perfect way to create a special gift for a child, or if they are looking for new ideas.