HEADERS_wp9_take_5_raabe What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? I really like Mirepoix’s lace border; looking back through my sketches I see it's one I've wanted to work into a design for years now. It would also be fitting with a completely plain stockinette or garter stitch body. During swatching I realized the border also looks great in garter stitch (replacing knit for purl on the wrong-side rows) instead. Can you tell I have a hard time picking a direction to take each of these basic elements? The versatility of a motif like this one can be a blessing and a curse. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? One of the things I enjoyed most about knitting Mirepoix is that the lace borders on the long sides of the rectangle are worked together with the body. Many stoles require you to pick up stitches around the entire body and work circularly with very long rounds. As useful a technique as this can be, I don't really care too much for picking up stitches along a side edge—stitch-to-row ratios can be tricky, even in a forgiving lace pattern. Completing two of the edges as you knit the stole simplifies the border work quite a bit—the only knitted-on sections are at the short edges. FLATS_wp9_take_5_3 What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? That would be my Birch shawl, designed by Sharon Miller, in a soft grey cashmere/silk. I reach for it three seasons out of the year, every year. It still looks as it did the day I unpinned it from the blocking board despite frequent and sometimes careless use. The yarn—Filatura di Crosa Superior—lives up to its name. Three things that are inspiring you right now? Drawing, writing, and filling up my Hobonichi Techo.  
  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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