Dress-to-Impress Author, Pam Powers called into the YarnThing podcast with Marly Bird from California and we appreciate the earlier day for her. With a name like Powers, perhaps she has extra energy earlier in the day? No, that’s too punny.
Pam said she began knitting when taught as a child by her grandmother, but didn’t really delve into it until much later when looking for something to do. At that point she felt she had to learn to knit again, but she took to it quickly. It wasn’t long before she was adapting patterns, which she felt was easy for her.
Someone asked her about a shawl she was wearing, if the pattern was for sale, and all about Ravelry. Pam went and immediately wrote the shawl’s pattern and posted it for sale. It being her first pattern, she feels now that it was pretty poorly written. She took classes at Stitches West, with teachers like Edie Eckman, Barry Klien and Lily Chin who taught classes on pattern writing and designing. She also found a tech editor that she still uses and feels that in her business that made the biggest assist.
Marly asked the impossible question that we all wonder about where Pam finds her creativity. Pam’s response was that it comes to her in a natural way, (as the way Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ explains it) inspired from things she sees around her. When she was approached at TNNA about writing a book, she hadn’t thought to put together a book proposal yet, her editor proposed a collection of scarves. Dress-to-Impress: Knitted Scarves (This is the Ravelry link so you can peek at the designs!) includes many different kinds of knitting projects from lace and cable-work, slipped stitches and colorwork, all beautifully photographed. When she began to put the collection together, she started with shapes, so this is not a collection of rectangles, but includes kerchiefs, cowls, ascots… so the pieces in your wardrobe are more like jewelry-type accents and less like utility.
The book is available through Amazon, here is the link!
If you missed getting to hear this live, it is still archived at this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/03/26/dress-to-impress-author-pam-powers or in iTunes.