The Designers of our Wollmeise yarn club
We are very proud and happy that the designers Åsa Tricosa, Melanie Berg, Nicolor and Sue Grandfield agreed to join the Wollmeise Yarn Club. With a lot of enthusiasm and happy excitement, all four have quite keenly pondered how to enrich our Yarn Club with innovative designs worthy their chosen women. Here we would like to introduce our artists briefly.
Åsa Söderman is a Swedish knitter who lives in Germany with her Danish husband. Åsa designs things she likes to wear, things that are missing in her closet, things begging to be invented. Her style is simple with great attention to the telling or funky detail and sometimes a slightly mad construction. She likes to think of her work as well crafted in the Scandinavian design tradition.
Clever solutions to tricky knitting problems please her, and she is very fond of seamless and top down. Expect the unexpected as you begin an Åsa Tricosa shawl or work your way from one shoulder to the other in a Ziggurat sweater. She also likes to share her moves, so you’ll find many photo tutorials and there is always step by step guidance in her patterns.
"Do I really want to join a club that wants me as a member? When it's the Wollmeise Yarn Club, yes! First of all, who would not want to be associated with this group of seriously talented, unusual, headstrong, confident, courageous, pathbreaking women? Pity it doesn't rub off. Secondly, I would sign up for anything that comes from Claudia's brain – and dye baths. Finally, I have a special connection with "my" woman. I will tell you about her and it when my design & the Wollmeise yarn she inspired have found their way to your mailbox. You'll just have to wait!"
Melanie lives and knits in Bonn, where she shares with her husband, their three young children and with a lot of yarn a little house.
In her designs, she breathes new life into the knitting scene - her creations are modern, casual, and especially wearable. Whether jeans or dress, jacket or skirt - a shawl as Drachenfels, Ashburn or Sunwalker always fits.
Melanie loves to work with hand dyed wool. The vast quantity of beautiful colors as well as the subtle shades which give each model a touch of depth, make a knitting project even much more interesting and exciting. She skillfully plays with the different tones and combines strong colors with neutral ones, to maintain a pleasing balance.
Her guides are clearly structured and easy to understand - not only the finished piece of knitting, but also the way to it should be fun!
"I was excited when I was invited to contribute a pattern to the latest Wollmeise Club! Taking part in an event that honors strong and opinionated women is something I'm very happy about - we can learn so much from these characters, and the stories of their lives are well worth telling. I hope that our designs will reflect this, and bring the journeys of theses women a little closer to all of you."
Nicola Susen stands for clean lines and simple design - namely as a graphic designer as well as in her work as a knitwear designer.
Her penchant for logic and mathematics following, Nicola began her career as a programmer.
Arranging, optimizing and appropriate shaping was exactly what she wanted to do. Only her beloved strong colors missed out.
By working as a graphic and knitting designer this deficiency is resolved. »Nicolor" is not only a name, but also program.
Nicolors knitting instructions are under the sign "Maximum freedom": That means, jackets and sweaters in her program can be knitted with any yarn and in any size, some even without a knitting gauge.
Her clear and unobtrusive design goes not in competition with the color. On the contrary - both complement each other perfectly. This is also the opinion of those who knit these intructions. In Ravelry no yarn is so often used in Nicolors projects as Wollmeise in all variations.
"Ich freue mich sehr, Teil dieses wunderbaren Themas zu sein. Die Recherche dazu hat mich tiefer und tiefer in die Geschichte hinein gezogen und mir ungeahnte Informationen über diese Zeit gegeben. Lasst Euch überraschen!"
Sue Grandfield (RiotousAssembly on Ravelry) is an English knitter living in Melbourne, Australia with her Tasmanian husband. Their work sees them travel the world, and knitting is the perfect companion on those long journeys!
Sue’s love of travel means she can often be found knitting socks, shawls and accessories, small portable items that are great for knitting on the go, but there’s always a larger item on the needles too! Sue’s designs feature beautiful yarns in fabulous colours and are often inspired by her passion for photographing curious details from the world around her. She loves to research, explore and reinterpret traditional knitting techniques and her style features simplicity with a twist, attention to detail - sometimes elegant, sometimes riotous, but always fun to knit!
Sue loves to teach and pass on her love of knitting.