I’m so behind with my MKAL! THE MOVE (as I’ve begun to think of it) stripped me of my ability to knit for a couple of weeks, and now I’m finally getting back into it. However, that means that I’m just starting the second clue.
I love how the yarn is knitting up, and the color makes me shiver with delight. The simple linear design of the lace at this point soothes my soul. I found the repeat pretty easy to memorize (no easy feat during this tumult). In the second clue, I get to add in the second color which will spark things up a bit. I can’t wait to see the next bit!
Before I made THE MOVE, I wrote to Bev of BooKnits, the designer of this beautiful shawl, and asked her a few questions about her life and design work.
You create such beautiful lace patterns (and your shawls always look gorgeous)! What drew you to designing lace instead of just knitting it?
I really fell into it – I never had any intention of designing but I had a skein of Faery Wings and couldn’t find a pattern for a wide and shallow shawl for just one skein so I started to knit something that would work for me. When the shawl went up on my project page I was asked so many times to write the pattern down and so I did. I had no idea of what would follow.
What is your favorite thing about Mystery Knit-Alongs?
Mystery Knit-Alongs seem to be a bit like Marmite or Peanut Butter – you either love them or hate them. It is wonderful and very flattering to be trusted by so many knitters to come up with a design that they are confident enough they will like without seeing it first. For me what I love about a Mystery Knit-Along is the friendliness of it all, the chatter and planning, the pleasure everyone gets from showing their chosen yarn and beads and the support and encouragement that is shared within the group – it is magical to see.
What is your current favorite design of your own?
That is such a tough question. It changes often but I do have a permanent soft spot for both Spellbound and Wintersweet. I have managed to hold onto my Wintersweet but having knit four Spellbounds I still don’t have one of my own – as soon as they come off the needles there is always someone at my side saying ‘oooh can I have that?’, usually my daughter who wears my shawls to work almost every day. Saying that, my newest pattern, Moonflower, might be sharing the favourite spot with Spellbound and Wintersweet. I loved knitting it; this shawl it will remain mine!
What is your current favorite design by another designer?
There are so many wonderful and totally different shawls that I like but I particularly love Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki. I keep trying to find the time to cast on and make one for myself but I just don’t seem to manage. Maybe I should make it a New Year Resolution for 2017?
How did you come up with your name “Boo Knits”?
It was when I had written up Dragonfly Wings, my first shawl, and I had to decide quickly. I am quite a private person and was more than happy to hide behind a name and remain pretty anonymous. Mindy Ross (Mindy Ross Designs) and I are friends on Ravelry, we used to have our own private KALs together. We were discussing design names and I suggested Boo Knits, she laughed and told me I couldn’t possibly use Boo as a design name but I didn’t see why not and will confess to being stubborn so went ahead with it anyway. I had to come up with something short and sweet very quickly and Boo Knits seemed a good name. It was much later that I remembered that my son, as a baby, used to call my daughter Boo-key when he couldn’t say her name. Maybe it was a subconscious thing.
So charming and delightful – just like her designs! If you are interested in learning more about Bev and her beautiful designs, she blogs at The Yarn Room and you can find her gorgeous and inspiring lace designs on Ravelry.
Time for me to get back to my knitting now! I’ve got to catch up!