Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
I'm a 42 year old mum of two sons, marriaged. The typical german housewife, I suspect. I used to be a master of photography and photoshopper until I get my sons and stay at home.
Tell us a bit about the book?
I'd tried to make a good choice from all knitted items with typical problems: rolling edges, a bad backside etc. Problems, that the technique doubleknitting solves.
But I also want to go away from those boring beginner scarfs and develop something for the expert knitters.
There is a big part about the technique itself: holding two strands of yarn simultaneously, knitting front and back at the same time, Cast on and much more. Then, of course, more than 30 projects to knit from the beginner's scarf to more challenging mittens, hats and socks.
What was the inspiration behind it?
I was trying to figure out that doubleknitting thing and made some swatches and patterns and during a knit meeting my friends told me "You _have_ to write a book about that stuff!". That idea hasn't went out of my head since then.
Which is your favourite project?
I love all. That's the reason why they are in. If I have to choose, I would name the flowered socks. They annoyed me during the knitting process, but since I had finished them, I was surprised how practial those socks are: no more leftsided socks in the laundry!
What is your craft space like?
You wouldn't want to see that in real ( my husband recommend to attach a picture, though). A big desktop with a very big monitor on it, a lot of notes, swatches, skeins of yarn,... a shattering large pile of everything I expect to need; including headphones, because I need to hear loud music while working. The view out of the window next to me goes to a small hill with an old castle on the top. On the other side stands my spinning wheel which I use to let flow my toughts.
Of course, there is a box on the desktop for a cat. There is allways a cat on duty in it. In case I need some floof to pet, you know?
Have you always been creative?
Yes, of course! Since I can remember I was creative. Allways at work, that brain. I can’t live without doing some funny things and collect facepalms, especially from my family.
When did you first start crafting?
I'd learned knitting and crocheting at school when I was about 10 or 11 years old and I hated it. I had to crochet a potholder and it was all but retangle. I've learned to love those things since my sons where born and I wanted to make them something special.
Who are your crafty heroes?
my absolute hero about crafting and DIY was my father. He was doing everything he needed by himself. If he couldn't do something, he was trying just as long as he get it. His special phrase to me was allways " Geht nicht- gibt es nicht". German for " 'no way' doesn't exist"
I like deeply the dadaism too. Such artists like Man Ray or Salvador Dali. I love the way they said "don't ask 'why', ask 'how'. "
Where do you find inspiration?
huh... from everywhere, I think. I see a pattern in a landscape or stones of a wall and think: "Hey, look! That's amazing!". That's all. Luckily I remember those things when I sit at my computer. It helps to stay a bit childrenlike. Play with patterns, with notes, with swatches and yarn and ask "how", not "why".
What's next for you?
After the knitting double book I'd wrote a lace knitting book, then a novel and a story collection. Now I sit here and wait for the best offer from a publisher *hint, hint*. Just kidding. I never know what comes next until I do it.