HEADERS_wp9_take_5_rangel What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? I love Arbre’s sweet three-petal center and the movement of the lace patterns. They can draw your eye outward or inward. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? The edging is a classic lace motif with patterned rows on both right and wrong sides. It’s fun to work and watching the edging come together with the live body stitches is one of those magical things in knitting. FLATS_wp9_take_5_2 What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? Right now it has to be my Escalier cardigan that I knit up in Shelter. It’s in Nest, a lovely neutral that goes with everything I own, and has the most perfect buttons. I made it for myself last winter and it’s been my go-to sweater ever since. Three things that are inspiring you right now? 1. New yarn. I picked up a bunch of new yarns at TNNA (a needle arts trade show I recently attended), and I’m aching to try them out. In particular I’ve got some bulky that need to be swatched right away. 2. Business women! I have a couple groups of creative women that I check in with regularly, and I got to hang out with so many talented people at TNNA. I’m feeling motivated and inspired by their accomplishments, skills, and hard work. 3. Indie work. I recently finished a book that I’ve been working on with Interweave, and while I’m so excited for that, having time to focus on independent designs has got me revved up. Look for new indie patterns out this fall, and the book next spring.  
  This interview is part of our Take 5 series—a collection of bite-sized interviews with designers about the inspirations behind our newest collection—Wool People 9 .

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