Hunter Hammersen, author of CURLS, visited us in HD today on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird. Everybody sounded wonderful!
Hunter says she has some guilt about having to give knitting more than one try before she was hooked. First try in colllege, nope, a couple of years later, no again, again in 2007 with a pair of socks began the dawn of understanding.
She almost immediately began tweaking her work, then after being requested to write the patterns down, she did. In 2009, Hunter began posting patterns online in Ravelry, she says she posted about 14 patterns, knitting till it hurt. Her first book, out in 2011, the next year her first self-published books, CURLS is her seventh self published and another will be out this fall, with a sequel to CURLS out next summer. SO VERY EXCITING for fans of her beautiful designs.
Writing CURLS came about because she created a swatch that she liked the shape of, appreciated that it could be made with many different yarns into a really pretty, wearable accessory. The gauge issues is non-existent, because if you create a swatch and like how the fabric looks, you’ve got gauge. You can create really big or small as you prefer, if you’re petite and just want something to wrap around your neck or tall like Marly and Hunter feel the need for more cover — Go For It!
Hunter says she can’t imagine knitting a sweater, that her attention span isn’t great enough. Shawls work for her, especially the less fussy the better. Choosing yarns for CURLS was eclectic, so that knitters could see that THEIR favorite yarns could work they range through all the yarn weights, then the colors (all the names are based on colors) so everyone sees the stitch definition. (She’s promising to make the names easier from now on!) Hunter also makes the cast-on easier, with just a few stitches rather than many hundreds to mess up!
Nacarat was the one that Hunter knit herself and has fallen in LUST with, as it seems to fit her and her wardrobe. Icterine is another that she is admiring whole-heartedly, for the color and giant cables.
When Marly asked if she is being tempted with knitting these designs again, Hunter gave us glimpses to look forward to, in that the sequel she mention will be done in all grays (but not the same gray!) which many find is easier to imagine in your beloved colors. She learned so much when putting together Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet (another Ravelry link), that she’s taken down her earliest patterns and recreating them, keeping in mind as a knitter, what would she hope to see in a pattern.
I can find two episodes that Hunter Hammersen was on Yarn Thing before (and today is not the last time either) if you’d like to hear them, here is the link to her visit in October 2013 and earlier the link to her visit in August 2012. Follow Hunter at her website www.violentlydomestic.com and she has a Ravelry Group.
If you missed getting to hear this live, it can still be heard as an archive: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/07/14/hunter-hammersen-author-of-curls