HEADERS_wp9_take_5_ivy What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? Gyre is a visual representation of concepts of geometry; I love that each ray moves across the fabric at an exponential rate and creates something larger than the sum of its parts. And I really love the part where the rays shift off the bed of honeycomb lace and travel across the ribbing at the edge. It feels a bit like art reaching outside the edge of a painting, onto the frame! Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? I'd like to encourage knitters to read their fabric on this one; after the initial set-up, it's totally possible to work Gyre without the charts, just by keeping track of the rate at which each ray needs to shift. The rays all shift on a base count of 1-2-4-8—the first ray shifts every row, the second every second row, the third every fourth row, and the fourth every eighth row—so as long as you can keep track of increasing and decreasing in the lace to maintain the stitch count, you can intuit what’s next. And the charts are always there to double-check your work! FLATS_wp9_take_5_ What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? One of my very first designs was a pair of simple striped mitts in reverse stockinette, the Earl Grey mitts. I’ve worn out two pairs and need to get around to knitting myself a third. I also have a pair of plain stockinette socks I knit probably five years ago out of handspun that I adore. They're tall, squishy, and have been darned about three times each. I'll never give them up! Three things that are inspiring you right now? Right now I'm getting really inspired by pattern: floor tile, modern quilts, sacred geometry—the act of building shapes within the framework of a larger, cleaner shape. It's fun to see how that translates to knitted stitches!  
  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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