Got your cup of cocoa? Tea? Let’s settle in for a chat with Ashwini.
Find her patterns on Ravelry.
What excites you about the GAL? What’s your favourite part?
I love the sense of community, and getting to know other knitters and designers. I’ve even had the chance to meet some GAL participants in real life, after meeting them initially during a GAL! I also like the opportunity to knit other people’s designs and not worry about the designing and grading, since most of my other knitting during the year is for publication.
What makes you excited about being a designer? What part of the process do you find rewarding?
I love seeing the things that I imagine come to life. I can make garments exactly as I like them, and I’m happy to see that they appeal to others too.
Are you a full-time or part-time designer?
Part-time. I’m a scientist in real life!
Does the place you live affect how or what you design?
Yes, very much so. I live in New England where it’s cold and wet most of the year, so I enjoy designing wool sweaters that will keep me warm. I don’t work much with plant fibers since they’re not very insulating and become wet easily.
What’s your favourite thing to design?
Wool sweaters! But I aim to make them sleek and feminine, because I want to look stylish while staying warm. I want sweaters that I can wear to work and then go directly to an opera or ballet in. I feel like there aren’t many sweaters that can serve as corporate or evening-wear, and I’m trying to fill that gap.
Are you a big gift knitter? What’s your favourite knitting to give?
I love knitting for my mom and my husband. Both are most appreciative recipients. My favorite things to knit are garments, so I aim to gift sweaters, though I’ve also gifted socks on occasion.
If someone were to knit you a present, what would you most love to receive?
Socks. I love wearing hand-knit socks around the house, but don’t particularly enjoy knitting them. I’d rather spend my efforts on a gorgeous sweater that I can show off! However, I always like to have a couple of pairs on hand. I often take the GAL as an opportunity to knit socks, since it’s more fun to do it with company.