Corrina learned to knit about ten years ago, after a move to Florida and she says, once she learned she ‘wanted to learn all the things’. She also began teaching at her Local Yarn Store, realized that she needed to teach her own designs than those of others. Ravelry became big at about that time, and a couple of her designs were popular there. Designing then became a full-time career, as she was trying to support her boys, now in high school.
Her first design never was published there on Ravelry, is a toe-up sock. The next was a cable hat, the Snappy Hat, a Free Pattern that has over 5,00o projects linked to it. She followed the trends in Ravelry, became inspired by the cravings for shawls (see her Gaenor shawl pattern), the use of hand-dyed yarns and feels that her career was made by the sales of her patterns there.
Picnic Knits came from her thought that most of knitting designs are advanced beginner patterns, she believes ‘easy as a picnic’. Her friendship with Heather Zoppetti, began before founding Stitch Sprouts, but Corrina felt that she was not ready for that level of distribution at the beginning. However, Heather’s guidance was instrumental along the way and has been the map Corrina needed, even including her route to her new book. (Here is a link, for those interested and may have missed it, to hear Heather’s visit with Marly last year.)
Warm Days, Cool Knits: Light Knits for Every Season is a collection of garments and accessories that can be worn in warmer climates or in the summer season, is published through Interweave. The book includes the Lochlan Cardigan (a zippered hoodie) which was included in the Knitting Daily TV show, that Marly remembers seeing on the show. It’s a special favorite for Corrina, as with the yarn and the fabric created by the knit/purl chevron design creates a stretchy fabric, it was beloved by the show hosts for the way the chevrons meet up at the shoulder. The Mayella and Fayola shawl patterns are a wrap-you-up style of generous sizes.
During this visit, Marly let Corrina know that there was a door prize from the Marly Bird Designer Dinner at TNNA, this Ottlite, great tool to help the handcrafter get a LITTLE more of their work done.
If you missed getting to hear this live, you can still catch as an archive http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/06/09/warm-days-cool-knits-author-corrina-ferguson or in iTunes.