Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams was our guest today on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird, calling from Kelso, Washington.
Laura has visited the podcast before and since then has moved from Southern California. She and her husband, Dave, are enjoying the different climate. Dave has been a big help to Laura with Fiber Dreams Blocking Wires. Marly uses them and finds them a great tool for her knitting AND crochet.
Blocking wires are so helpful in giving your finished projects a professional look, making the pieces conform to their designed measurements. Many of Laura’s designs include lace and the blocking wires bring out the intricacies of their architecture.
Speaking of Laura’s designs, her most recent design was with Fiberista yarns, a beautiful shawl with a toothy edge called Great White (available only through Fiberista at the moment). Twist Collective also featured a shawl recently from Laura called Spinner. It features a wingspan with options between 39″ to 71″ and delicately beaded in laceweight yarn. Some of her patterns are self published, such as the recent Mountain Laurel Cardigan, which features a bit longer length, a scoop-neck, 3/4 length sleeves, and and outstandingly beautiful lace pattern in the sleeves and back. It has been a policy with Laura not to reknit any of her designs, but with Lalique she had to make an exception, as it was knit with Sanguine Gryphon yarns who wished to be the official model for the pattern and she is very small. It’s been too popular to go without having a sample of!
You can keep up with Laura Patterson through her website/blog and FiberDreams.com and for our ease, she’s everywhere else as Fiber Dreams, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Her Designs in Ravelry can be found at THIS LINK.
Laura Patterson previously visited the Yarn Thing podcast in 2011 and 2010, so it’s very nice to get caught up with her since she’s moved to Washington. If you missed hearing THIS live, it is available as an archived episode where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/01/21/laura-patterson-fiber-dreams or in your favorite podcast catcher, like iTunes or Stitcher Radio.