We're thrilled that ImagiKnitter Jules Lustenader has her pattern published in Twist Collective January 2018. Congratulations Jules!
Cabrillo is simply gorgeous!
Many of you may remember Jules. She worked at the shop a while back and is still knitting away here in San Francisco!
We had an opportunity to ask Jules a few questions.
1. How did you learn to knit and how long have you been knitting?
I first learned how to knit from a best friend in high school, but quickly forgot. It wasn't until college when I relearned backstage at a play I was in and I haven't put the needles down since! That was roughly 5 years ago.
2. When did you get interested in colorwork?
Not sure when or how it started, but when people ask me to imagine "knitting", I always see a classic Fair Isle sweater first. Not sure why, it's just glued there in my head. My first colorwork project was coincidentally my first sweater project and I still wear it every Winter.
3. When did you start designing?
I started designing knitwear a few months into working at Imagiknit in 2013. Being surrounded by yarn and patterns all day was more than enough inspiration. My first design was a Valentine's Day hat called Hearts on Repeat. It was published on my birthday in 2014 and it's still one of my favorite patterns. (Shout out to Diane for testing it for me!)
4. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Now that I'm not in the yarn store every day, I find inspiration from my yarn stash. It may sound silly, but when I see a skein of beautiful hand-dyed wool, I can't help but picture what it wants to become, even what it needs to be.
5. What are your favorite things to knit when you are not designing?
I adore sweaters, which is ironic because I live in San Francisco where we hardly need them! When I see a sweater design I love, I have to knit it regardless of how the weather is outside. I also enjoy knitting socks and hats for loved ones.
6. What do you have in the works for the future?
My goal for 2018 is to publish a new pattern every month. So far, I have a shawl pattern I designed with a local yarn dyer set to publish in March and another pattern that will be published in Interweave's knitscene magazine this Fall. I also received yarn support from LoveKnitting and Malabrigo for patterns planned for release later this year. It's a tough goal I've set for myself, but all the support I'm receiving from third parties is tremendously helpful.
We can't wait to see your next published patterns!
Click here for more designs by Jules (Juliana Lustenader Designs).
Her instagram is @knitbyjules.
Again - congratulations Jules! You've come a long way in such a short time!