|Copyright Amanda Collins|
I am absolutely thrilled to have been involved (for my small part) in providing the yarn for this beautiful pattern by Amanda Collins... Fearlas Mor.
As a thank you to Amanda I wanted to do two things, firstly give an interview and introduction to the sock pattern and then tomorrow open a giveaway!
Here's the interview;
|Amanda's Ravelry store.|
I started knitting mainly because I seem unable to sit at peace. If I haven't created something (if only two rows of sock) by the end of the day, I just feel like I've not quite finished my day. Beginning with crochet blanket squares (which didn't manage to turn into a blanket, but they're still here, there's still hope!), I moved into knitting because I felt like there were more options with shape and texture to play with. Since then, I've become slightly addicted and feel a little lost if I'm without either my knitting or a good book.
When I'm not knitting I have quite a busy day job, so never manage to get as much done as I'd like! For example, I've just finished working a twelve day run, so unfortunately knitting has taken a back seat this month. 2 weeks annual leave now though, and I intend to take full advantage of the uninterrupted knitting time!
When and how did you decide to start designing your own knitwear pieces?
About two years ago, I was sifting through patterns trying to find something I wanted, and it just wasn't quite there. The first item was a small fox purse - over time the items have gradually grown in size and difficulty, so we're currently at the lace sock stage :D Maybe there'll be a garment soon... I'm quite a determined person, so I'll tend not to give up until I've managed to make what I set out to.
Where can we buy your lovely patterns?
All of my patterns are available on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/amanda-b-collins), and there are also some on Etsy along with my stitch markers (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OwlPrintPanda). I'll also be at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year (14th - 15th of March in the Edinburgh Corn Exchange)!
|Amanda's Etsy shop.|
So tell me a bit about your latest pattern, Fearlas Mor...
Fearlas Mor is inspired by one of the myths of the Scottish Cairngorm mountains - the Grey Man, or Fearlas Mor.
Apparently, he roams the mountaintops waiting to waylay hopeful climbers. He has been reported as a ‘presence’ rather than a tangible being, and those sensible scientists have thought of a few explanations. My favourite explanation is of the ‘Broken Spectre’, which is apparently a phenomenon which occurs when a break in the clouds allows us to see a reflection of ourselves on the next cloud.
Some still feel the Grey Man is a manifestation of the spirit of the mountain – which is cool, if a little creepy.
Please come back tomorrow to enter the competition... win a pattern and a skein of yarn to knit it with!
Have a wonderful day... Sara x