today’s feature is on designer Stana D.Sortor aka Fifinka on Ravelry.com
My username is Fifinka and my website is stana-critters-etc.blogspot.com/
Hello, Stana! Welcome to our blog, Just in case people don’t know who you are… Who are you? Where are you?
My name is Stana. I am a dreamer, artist, photographer, writer, and designer. Originally from Europe, I live on the East Coast of USA at the moment.
How did you get into designing? Who taught you to knit? Can you crochet?
My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was a little girl. She tried to teach me knitting as well, but it took me a while to actually enjoy it. Nowadays I hardly crochet, but spend plenty of time with knitting needles and yarn.
Couple of years ago a friend of mine asked me to explain to her a knitting pattern that she had trouble with, and at first I did not understand it as well. I have spent a lifetime with knitting but never really used knitting patterns. I always improvised and made up my own stuff. Anyway eventually I figured out that particular pattern and was able to help her. After I joined Ravelry I have received messages from other knitters asking for patterns for my creations, so I tried and wrote my first pattern. I still keep trying and working my way through it.
I love your designs, Stana, your use of clever details in your toy patterns is both creative and beautiful, what inspires your designs?
I try to keep my eyes open and let the nature and world around inspire me.
Do you find yourself working often in a specific style or is every piece different for you?
It varies. Sometimes when answering the call for submission I work within their set guidelines. But for toys, I am free and playful and let my imagination go wild. Of course there is always somebody asking for something specific, and as every mom in the world I try to make my child happy by knitting whatever is on the never-ending and ever-evolving list.
Who are your yarn heros? Do you have a favourite yarn or brand you love to use?
For toys I prefer to use cotton, or acrylic (for my charitable donations). Otherwise I let the colors and yarns speak to me.
What is your favourite part of designing? Is there a least favourite part of designing?
Playing with yarn and knitting needles and watching the finished project come to life, is probably my favorite part. My least favorite part is sitting in front of computer and type.
Who are your design heroes? What is about them that inspires you?
Too many to list.
What do you see yourself doing/exploring in 2015? Is there something you’d love to learn?
Hopefully by the end of January The Knit Season my e-book will be ready. After the work on this e-book is finished, perhaps a week or two without deadlines.
I still would love to try Entrelac and play with polka dots in double knitting.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2015! Thank you for taking time to chat to us, Stana! If you’d like to see the Stana’s latest work, check out her website:
Stana’s critters etc:
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