The Gift-A-Long is still going on! Have you joined the fun? Remember it’s more than a sale, it’s a KAL/CAL and contest too!
Today I have an interview with one of the hundreds of designers that are participating in this years’ event. Erica Mount is a new-to-me designer who creates beautiful works of art on the canvas of the mitten! Having never designed mittens myself, I am in awe of Erica’s talent and creativity. Please have a gander at her designs and check out her Ravelry group.
Here is a link to Erica’s Gift-A-Long bundle. Remember, you can use the coupon code: giftalong2014 to get 25% off until November 21st.
HZ: You design beautiful mittens! What draws you to the mitten over other projects?
EM: The first pattern that I knit in stranded color work was a mitten pattern, Hippocampus, by Tori Seierstad. I think this set me on the path.
I love that mittens can be useful and beautiful at the same time. They are also very visible, so I can enjoy looking at them when I wear them.
Mittens are a good match for my personality. I get bored quickly and prefer starting projects to finishing them. I’d probably never finish anything as big as a sweater. You may notice that some of my mitten designs are different on each hand. This was done to keep me from getting bored after knitting the first one.
HZ: What inspires your designs?
EM: Growing up in Nova Scotia, I saw my fill of lighthouse artwork, and always thought of it as something for tourists to buy. When I moved away to where there was no ocean, I appreciated it more. Then I very badly wanted a mitten with a lighthouse on it and could not find a pattern, so I had to make one. That’s how Moonlit Coast began.
HZ: When did you begin knitting? Designing?
EM: I was taught to knit a few times before it stuck. In 2010, I was pregnant and I wanted to knit something for my baby, so I learned again. My first attempts were without patterns. I remember making my mother some horrible, lumpy, mittens in bulky yarn, that were full of holes. She said that she liked them, but that can only be because she loves me.
Then I discovered Ravelry and its pattern search. I knitted several stranded mittens from patterns. In 2012, My toddler niece asked me to make her flower mittens, and I couldn’t find any patterns that fit what I was looking for. I drew a simple orchid chart in excel and published it to Ravelry, in case anyone else needed flower mittens.
HZ: What’s your favorite yarn?
EM: For colorwork, I really like Cascade 220 fingering. It’s got a great color selection, is soft, and just a little bit sticky.
I recently tried Fleece Artist merino 2/6, which is local to me, and absolutely gorgeous. I really can’t say that I have a favorite, though, because there are so many great yarns that I love for different reasons, and I’m sure I’ll discover more.
HZ: What’s next for you?
EM: I’ve got a couple more mitten patterns that I’m working on. One called “The Swordsman in Love”, which is similar to The Spear Maiden’s Heart. I’m trying a selbu style thumb for the first time on this one. People who have seen it say that it reminds them of a playing card.
In future, I would like to try a hat or cowl, possibly socks, (likely in color work), but I’d like to finish up the mitten ideas that I’m working on first.