HEADERS_wp9_take_5_buraya_kefelian What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution?  When working on something relatively simple in silhouette, I try to pay special attention to details; they become key attractions against the canvas and help to balance the entire look. In Koto's case the overall patterning is rather minimal, but I am particularly pleased by how the hem and neckline arches correlate without interrupting the general flow of the patterning. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about?  This design utilizes short rows, but since there are so many techniques for working them, I have chosen a relatively new-to-me method of shadow short rows. This curious method allows the short rows to become invisible, as the wraps are hidden within the stitches and then integrated into the canvas of knitting afterwards—which also renders this fabric completely reversible. So if you are ever planning to wear your knit with both sides as public, this technique is perfect to learn. FLATS_wp9_take_5_9 What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? Ever since I got my Shadow pullover from Wool People 1 back I have worn it religiously every winter. With jeans or skirts, even wool shorts. The cabled texture on that sweater is just so balanced with the lightness of Shelter—it just can't be beat, whether layered or worn on its own. Plus it's in my go-to color: grey. Three things that are inspiring you right now?  Just three? Architecture, urban and industrial design, kirigami—to name a few that I turn towards of late while researching for my designs.  
  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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