Friday, August 17, 2007

Question 17 0807



Who is your current favourite designer?


My favourite these days is Hanne Falkenberg of Denmark. I appreciate her use of colour and texture. Some of her work looks so tailored. Take a peak at her Tweedie (below).



Special notice: This month I will be picking one entry, at random, to receive 2 hanks of Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Heather fingering yarn in Highland Mist (enough to make a large pair of socks). The prize winner will be chosen on Sunday, September 16th, 2007. If you would like to be included in the draw please send me your email address to fingersfancy at inbox dot com once you have posted your submission to the comments section of this post.
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45 comments:

wendy said...

The designer whose creations I have most enjoyed knitting recently would have to be Jane Sowerby. I was given her book Victorian Lace Today as a swap gift and have knit several of the designs and just love looking through the book at all the beautiful delicate lace shawls and stoles.

Samantha said...

My favorite designer is Hannah Kaminsky from bittersweetblog.wordpress.com. She's so creative, she thinks of the cutest things to knit and crochet. She makes patterns for everything from a Hostess cupcake hat to a kiwi bird that can sit on your shoulder. She proves that you can knit pretty much anything if you have your heart set on it.

Brenda said...

right now Cookie A for her socks...love the monkey!

Sarah said...

I think I have to vote for Eunny Jang. Everything she makes is just stunning.

Anita said...

Nancy Bush, Love her socks, the lace shawl in Lace Style Magazine. She has a classic style that is timeless.

Anita

Anonymous said...

...dotty...says

Cookie A.

I just can't get enough of the sock patterns she's shared on knitty.com.

(If I win, you can contact me on knittinghelp.com with a private message, or on flickr.......the name is the same on both) Thanks for letting me play !

Marion said...

That would be Cat BordhĂ­ for me. The way she makes the moebius looks easy, her felted bags and catbeds.. love them!
Thanks for letting me play!

Joan Callaway said...

I'd have to say Wendy Johnson for her toes-up sock patterns, although I'm just now putting one from Cat Bordhi's new book otn right now.

KarenK said...

My favorite designer du jour is Elsebeth Lavold - classic designs, lovely interpretations of timeless motifs.

Suse said...

My favourite designer is currently Glampyre/Stefanie Japel. I like her symbiosis between historically inspired or girly and wearable. I have only knitted two of her designs but the patterns were very well written, which also endeared the designer to me :-)

Cherryl said...

I can't pick just one right now, I am knitting socks using patterns from Friendly Socks and love the ones I have done so far.

cherryl220@yahoo.com

Georgi said...

My favorite designer is Elizabeth Zimmerman. Her designs are timeless and she makes them look so simple.
But I love the tweedie you show, it looks like it good be used for a suit jacket it is so sleek. I want that pattern :-)

Georgi

Bonnie said...

I am just getting into more intricate designs and have been blown away by Cookie A and Elizabeth Zimmerman. I mention both altho I haven't actually tried Cookie A's monkey socks, yet. They are on my to-do list for this winter.

LizzieK8 said...

I've just discovered EZ and have both the Baby Surprise Jacket and the Mobius Jacket OTN at this point.

Ruth in N.J. said...

Currently it's Cookie A. for her sock designs. As an obsessive sock knitter, I am enamored especially of her Monkey pattern. I think I could be happy just making Monkey socks out of all my gorgeous sock yarn stash!!

Kathleen Taylor said...

Kaffe Fasset- not so much to knit (since I don't do intarsia much), but just to look at. I can pore over his pattern books endlessly, marveling at his use of color.

Janette said...

I love Wendy from Knit&Tonic. Her kid patterns are wonderful and simple. Worth every penny.

superpet said...

My current favorite designer is Teva Durham (Loop-d-Loop). She has great shaping and attention to detail that make unique projects. I knitted one of her sweaters for DD (half on the bias and half sideways--can't remember the name)and she gets comments everywhere she goes.

Lynae said...

Charlene Schurch....by far....mostly because her books help ME design

Carissa said...

I would have to say my current favorite designer is Jenna Adorno for her contributions to knitty.com. My favorite has to be Tempting II!

Linda H said...

It would have to be Charlene Schurch. I am knitting her socks from the first book right now.

Karen said...

I think Cat Burhdi gets the nod for her innovative pproach to coak design; bringing us something new!

Wendy, the knit'n guru said...

My favorite right now is Joan McGowan-Michael of White Lies Designs.

Julie said...

Charlene Schurch, just love her Sensational knitted socks and the more sensational knitted socks! Got a pair on the needles now, fixin to do the gusset decreases!

VR said...

Right now I'm in love with the intricate color-work in Eunny Jang's patterns. Each item is a masterpiece!

Becky said...

I am also a new fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman. I'm learning a lot from her. I also like the simple patterns that Alexandra Virgiel does (Artisokka.com) and am making Rose, which is Soleil (Knitty.com) with sleeves.

Kelly said...

I'd have to say that Cookie A is my favorite designer at the moment. Her socks are amazing and really fun to knit. My family really enjoys recieving socks that have been knit from her patterns as gifts :)

Martha said...

Elizabeth Zimmerman and her daughter Meg Swanson are my favs. EZ taught me to think about my knitting and not just follow patterns. It's scary but very liberating.

monica aka gloria patre said...

For me Elizabeth Zimmerman tops the list. Her Baby Surprise Jacket is a classic. After her Eunny Jang and Cookie A are tied. Eunny's work simply blows my mind and Cookie A's socks never cease to amaze me!

Lynn said...

my favourite designer at the moment is Dorothy Siemens for fiddlesticks knitting, she has beautiful lace shawl patterns. Her patterns are very well written.
lstitch@vianet.ca

Anonymous said...

My top of the list designer is Norah Gaughan. I really want to buy her Knitting Nature book - if I can stop buying sock yarn long enough to save for it.
-Rachel B.

Gramma Phyllis said...

For socks I love the ideas I can glean for Charlene Schurch. For Other knitting no one can beat Elizabeth Zimmerman. She gies all of us the freedom to make whatever we are making all our own, even when we use her patterns.

Marie said...

I've been thinking about this recently. My DH reached his tolerance limit on my needlework magazines, so I've been sorting through and passing on the least interesting issues. In this process, I noticed that most every time I saw a design and thought, ohhh, I love that one is was by the same designer. Norah Gaughan's creatitivity is inspiring!
Marie in ABQ

Allison said...

I just finished a pair of Pomatomus socks, so at the moment it's Cookie A. I'll probably do another pair of Monkeys soon...

HumorMe said...

I am fascinated by the work on designer Jane Slicer-Smith. Her Harlequin Jacket featured in issue #85 of Knitter's Magazine just blows me away! Rosina

OH Sue said...

I have to say that my fav is Joanne MM from White Lies. She designs the sort of things I like to wear, clear instructions, great size range.

jeanius said...

Hi! (from kh too)
I'd have to say, right now I am in awe of Wendy knits amazing socks and her ability to create beautiful socks even while on drugs! :lol: I have saved her available free patterns, and drool over her designs she posts on her blog. I missed all of her patterns at the loopy ewe. not that I could *actually* do them.. (i have no chart readin' skillz) :)

earthchick said...

Wow, it's a tough call. I love EZ, Cookie A., Nancy Bush, and Sivia Harding. But I think the one that tops my list is Glampyre/Stefanie Japel. I love pretty much everything she has designed, and my favorite sweater I've ever made is one of her designs (Easy V-Neck Raglan).

Anonymous said...

I love the designs by Joan McGowan-Michael from White Lies. My next project will be from her pull over's.
Also (it would be a tie) I love the stuff by Cat Burhdi. I am making a cat bed now!

Megynn said...

Wow, this is a tough one! Right now I'm really digging Cookie A.'s sock patterns. I'm working on Hedera right now, and I've been thinking of buying her German Stocking pattern. Yay for socks!

dustinac said...

Hi, I'm from knittinghelp.com too...This is a hard question I love all the ones mentioned above. Like Jeanius I also missed Wendy's patterns on loopy ewe...hopefully I can catch them later this week...right now I have a lot of Melanie Gibbons (pink lemon twist) Patterns on my to do list. I have the Moon Dance stole on needles and the MS3. Her lace patterns are so beautiful...so my answer today is Melanie Gibbons lol.. : )

Anonymous said...

Right this moment I am loving Cookie A., for the Monkey Socks pattern. :O) And my all time fave would have to be Elizabeth Zimmerman for being her! And for her way of making me know I can do it. Thanks for the question! Cool idea. samm in canada

Sylvia said...

I am having fun with Cookie A.'s patterns. The Monkey socks are really fun to knit!

Carolre said...

I do not know if she is favorite designer but the Catalina Shawl by Gabriella is the only pattern I purchased the day I saw it. I had to have it and I am now looking at her other patterns as well.

Leslie said...

Veronik Avery all the way. Her designs look so classic, but with subtle touches to make them so much more interesting than everything else out there. She is truly an inspired designer.