Welcome to the first in our Featured Artist Series!
Symone graciously granted us an interview and the chance to showcase some of the work that she’s created with fibres from the Gallery. We’ve published that interview here for your enjoyment.
Hi Symone! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a Trinidadian native who’s been living in New Brunswick, Canada for 6 years. While knitting, and everything knit related, was initially just a hobby that I picked up to pass the time (I’d always been curious about the craft), it soon became so much more to me than just a fun pastime and wove itself into my life in a way I never expected. My love of knitting, yarn and travel is what inspired me to start blogging about my knit adventures; and Wanderful Knits was born.
How long have you been knitting?
Do you do any other fibre arts?
Knitting is my main craft but I’ve been dabbling in the art of yarn dyeing and pattern designing. Would love to learn how to weave and spin.
What are your favourite yarns to work with?
I’m always open to trying new yarns but my favourites would have to be Diamond Dyeworks, Ancient Art Yarns, Sweet Georgia, Cascade Yarns, La Bien Aimée and Vivid Wool.
Fibre wise I stick more to merino, alpaca and llama (especially of the baby variety) and for weight I mostly stick to fingering, DK and worsted.
What is one technique you still want to learn?
Steeking! It looks so daunting but I’ve never been one to run away from a challenge and I’m just waiting for the right pattern to test out this skill. There are also different techniques when it comes to dyeing yarn and I’m interested in learning as much as I can so I can take the visions in my head and apply them to some blank skeins.
What do you like best about the Gallery?
Where do I start? First and foremost I have to say Lynn. Not only is she an amazing and lovely person but she’s so experienced and is always open to answering any of my questions (sometimes there’s a lot) and sharing best practices. She’s created such a warm atmosphere in the store and every time I visit I feel like I’m going to visit a friend as much as I’m going to engage in a shopping experience.
Do you have any tips, tricks, or hints you’d like to share? A favourite tutorial?
Try it all! Don’t limit yourself. When it comes to your craft don’t think about what others are doing or compare yourself to them. Follow your curiosity and craft your own journey.
Thank you so much, Symone!
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