Designer Interview Week: Karin Kemper!

Karin Kemper

Designer Interview Week wraps up today with Karin Kemper, who is also a first time contributor to Holla Knits with her upcoming Devon Cardigan! She blogs over at I Knit 2 Purl 2, and tweets at @iknit2purl2.

1. When did you first fall in love with knitting? 

I learned to knit from my grandmother when I was about 9 years old.  She did it all – crocheting, knitting and embroidery. She always had something to knit or crochet with her.  I read Little Women and the Little House on the Prairie series about that time and, like most little girls, wanted to learn how to do all the handcrafts that the books talked about.  First, I learned how to crochet, then we moved on to embroidery and, finally,  knitting.

2. What made you want to start designing? 

I was inspired by all of the independent designers on Ravelry.

3. What was the best design you’ve ever knit? 

Irish Hiking Mittens

So far my best design is Irish Hiking Mittens which is an adaptation of the Irish Hiking Scarf.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s portable.

4. Who is your favorite designer/who are some of your favorite designers?

Ysolda Teague, Jared Flood, Allyson Dykhuizen, Adrian Bizilia, Kirsten Kapur and  Nancy Bush are names that come to mind.

5. If you weren’t a knitter/knitwear designer, what would you be doing? 

I started knitting again as an adult when I started taking my children here and there and everywhere.  Knitting, especially portable knitting, is a great way to pass the time during sports practices, dance classes and carpool lines.  If I’m not knitting, you can usually find me with a book.

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