Well, things have been a bit slow around here lately. The blog was down for several days thanks to an attack on my host’s server and I’ve been trying to crawl out from book-related work (deadlines approach!).
But I’m back today with the first of a series of interviews with designers!
Katherine Vaughan, KTLV on Ravelry, was nice enough to answer a bunch of questions about her designs, the creative process, what she loves and hates about designing and, of course, The Princess Bride. If you want to get to know her even better and see more of her designs, you can visit her website at www.ktlvdesigns.com (she’s also a much-in-demand tech editor).
You’re KTLV on Ravelry and design under the name Katherine Vaughan. Do you like to go by KT or Katherine?
In general in the knitting world I go by Katherine, but I’ve had the nickname KT for so long that it’s hard to break (and so I hardly bother). In my other career (academia) I find that the gender-ambiguous name “KT” can be very useful in what is still a male-dominated world. In knitting, however, I feel like having a female identity is equally useful—so I go by my full name of Katherine. It’s also a handy way to separate the two sides of my working life, kind of like having a secret identity!
I don’t really know that I have a particular style. I tend to avoid anything dealing with colorwork, except maybe for simple stripes and occasionally a bit of mosaic work, but I also dislike stockinette, so I suppose you could say that I specialize in texture and form – focusing on accessories and, surprisingly, baby blankets. In North Carolina we don’t have much call for heavy woolens, so I also tend to gravitate to either non-wool yarns or to smaller accessories (or both).
Have any questions for KT? Feel free to ask here!
Sarah BarbourKnitting and crochet designer/teacher and stay-at-home mother to three lovely little girls. Recently relocated to Oregon from the Illinois and enjoying my new life as a West Coaster.
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