ANKESTRICK which goes by the username fallmasche is my new favorite designer on Ravelry. I stumbled upon her while I was surfing patterns on Ravelry and had to stop by and tell her how much I enjoy her creations. Here are some of my favorites....
Her designs are elegant but wearable. I love her natural colors and flattering designs.
Anke was nice enough to answer some of my questions.
Who is Fallmasche?
Hello, my name is Anke. I wanted to knit something after several years of not knitting and was looking for a shawl pattern on the internet. There was a nice one: "clapotis" on ravelry. Because clapotis was made out of dropped sts "Fallmaschen" in german, I took this name as my username. I was hooked on this pattern and made 5 or 6 of them.
How did you learn how to knit?
I learned it from the women in my family and in school. I always like to craft and from time to time knitting was my favorite for some months, maybe years.
When did you decide to start designing and why?
During my knitting times, I always made my own designs, but I hate sewing and could not get the shape I wanted when sewing. When I learned the top-down seamless knitting from all the talented ravelry designers I knew immediately, that I would be able to make the garments I like to wear. I love to see how it grows and being able to test the fit at every stage of the process. (especially the neckline, my favorite part of a garment)
What is your favorite pattern and why?
My own or in general? My own favorite is always the next one I have in my mind. My first and all-time favorite on ravelry (after clapotis :) is Snowbird by Heidi Kirrmaier and than Holl by Kirsten Johnstone. Some day I'll knit them …
Who is your favorite designer and why?
I love the cool plain style of Kirsten Johnstone (assemblage) design.
I could feel the joy playing around with knitting possibilities itself in the pieces of Heidi Kirrmaier and I love how she modeled them.
I admire the output and nonchalant style of Isabell (lilalu)
I admire too the simple but still charming pieces from Veera Välimäki.
And I like to put Nicole (chirimoya) on the list. Even if she didn't publish here own designs, she always interprets a pattern with her own sophisticated style.
Where do you find inspiration?
Sometimes from the enthusiasm of trying to tape the full potential of seamless knitting itself. Sometimes from designs I saw on the street or in shops. Sometimes it is just enough to touch a nice yarn and the garment appears on my inner eye.
What are your favorite colors and fiber to work with?
My favorite thing is to knit with two threads of different yarns and colors to make the garment more lively maybe a little mysterious. I prefer to use natural based fibers.
You designing something at the moment and when do you believe it will be ready for the public?
I am planing to release my "Birdsong" ebook with several patterns. They all will use my new favorite neckline in different shapes. Very easy to knit and made for the warmer period of the year. I finished two (Tschilp and Zalp) of maybe 4 patterns, so it will take a little time until I will be able to publish it.
I have to say I am pretty excited to see what these new designs will look like!
Anke has been so generous to offer one of my readers a pick of her patterns. You get to go look at all her patterns and decide which one you would like. My personal favorite is the Walnuss since it is so versatile and usable.
This giveaway will be open til Monday, May 20th 2013.