A new book by Andrea Jurgrau is out, featuring a collection of lovely lace inspired by knits of the past. More than patterns, she takes the time to guide the reader through her design process; explaining how she interprets an antique pattern into something new, different, and oh-so-lovely.
New Vintage Lace is available now from Interweave, and features shawls, scarves, wraps, and hats that Andrea designed based on original lace doily patterns.
A nurse and wonderful lace designer, Andrea has a structured way of working that I find inspiring. The book is beautiful, and the projects timeless. I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea as I explored the pages of her book.
Read through the interview, and then find out how you can win your very own copy of New Vintage Lace!
[KW]: If you could have a retreat weekend with 3 knitters/fiber artists (living or dead), who would you invite, and what about their work inspires you to learn more from them?
[AJ]: Only three? That is tough. Elizabeth Zimmermann would be right up there. How about Herbert Neibling? Maybe Marianne Kinzel? But I would also love to chat with Hazel Carter and Evelyn Clark. EZ was the knitting author I first found as a teenager and I loved her approached. No spoon feeding. Knitting is for thinking people. She taught me that there are no rules knitters have to follow. I would love to chat with Mr. Neibling about his design process and charting. But if I think more about it I could continue on with the list of knitters I want to meet!
[KW]: How do you store/catalog your vintage patterns?
[AJ]: I keep them in binders on a shelf, but have started to scan them and have many stored on my computer/CDs now. I have them in folders by style and or probable designer.
[KW]: Any plans for another book?
[AJ]: Indeed. I already have more than half of the pieces knit and out with test knitter! Say no more!
[KW]: Is there a "purl of wisdom" that you'd like to share with other knitter/crocheters out there?
[AJ]: I like to remind people that knitting is a pleasure. I knit as the "zen" in my otherwise hectic and often emotionally draining professional life as a healthcare provider. Knitting is about the process for me. I also spin yarn, for the same pleasure. Try not to get hung up on the product and live more in the process. It works for me!
All photos courtesy Interweave Knits.
I have a copy of New Vintage Lace to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, simply post a comment on this post by midnight, July 1, 2014. I'll do a drawing on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 to announce the winner!
Thank you to everyone who posted a comment about Andrea's book! There were 10 comments before the deadline for the drawing, and the random number generator chose #8 as the winner!
Congratulations, Sara Greer - you're the winner!
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Over the past few weeks I have been talking about AIDS Walk SF, and wanted to share a video about Project Open Hand (the recipient of my fundraising efforts). Putting the impact into words isn't always easy. Please take a few minutes and watch this video for an example of how making a donation can really make a difference:
...and for those who really want to hear what's going on in the fiber/knit/designing world, the unfortunate thing is I can't say much about the book. I CAN tell you a lot of really amazing yarn has found its way to my studio, and a number of pieces are either complete, or nearing completion. Writing a book is certainly a labor of love, and I can't wait to share its story with you!
As always, thank you for your support and for sharing and talking about the fundraiser with your friends. Together, I'm confident we'll be able to reach my goal and that money will make a real difference in the lives of others.
Here's hoping the rest of your week is amazing!
Sharks can be scary... but not this one!
OK, The fundraiser for AIDS Walk SF is going wonderfully. There are a LOT of fantastic prizes up for grabs as incentive and a way to say "thank you" for those who donate.
Yesterday, Pamela Haschke, the Executive Director of Halos of Hope donated a custom, hand knit shark hat as a prize! She says the winner may choose the traditional "Great White" (pictured here) or the San Jose Sharks colors.
Pam is going to knit the hat for the winner, so the prize will take about 30 days to be shipped once it's accepted.
In addition to this, there are a LOT of other really great prizes, and more will be added.... included other really lovely handmade items. Everyone who donates and signs up for the drawing is eligible for all the prizes... and each $25.00 you donate earns you another chance.
My goal is to raise $10,000.00 for all the deserving HIV nonprofits that benefit from the Walk. Together we have raised $2,200.00 as of this morning, and I'm confident that number will continue to go up.
THANK YOU for your donations, for your "likes" and "shares" on Facebook... for talking with your knitting groups and yarn shop owners about the fundraiser (and the chance to win all these prizes)
To see the current list of prizes, and for the donation link, visit here: http://www.kylewilliam.com/aids-walk-sf.html