Kith & Kin designer interview: Marie Godsey
Marie Godsey from Long Island, NY is the designer of the Rue Le Moyne mittens from the Kith & Kin collection. I think these are a great stash-busting pattern and the perpendicular stripes on the cuff add a fun twist to the classic striped mitten.
Was there a specific inspiration for your mitten design?
For this call, I knew I wanted to do a striped mitten as soon as I read it. Although, a simple striped mitten didn't seem like enough, thus the vertical stripes on the cuff were added.
Most of the issues were worked out during the prototype. My decreases for the top were just not working out, it turns out counting correctly is important when knitting.
Can you describe your favourite pair of mittens that you've ever owned?
Ever? I'm not sure I remember every pair but my current favorites are a pair of handspun alpaca with a cable running up the back of the hand. So warm and cozy.Which type of needles do you usually use to knit mittens: double-pointed needles, two-circulars, magic loop…?
I'm not a magic looper. I use dpn for both mittens and socks. I notice that I knit at a tighter gauge with metal than wood though.
Is there a place that inspires you?
I'm from a rural area, (unfortunately transplanted into the suburbs) I grew up outside, swimming in ponds, riding quads and pulling piles of snow from freshly covered pine trees on to our heads. Most of my color inspiration comes from nature although most of my pieces are practical for outdoor use.
Fire Island Light House, Fire Island, Long Island, NY
What is the fall and winter weather like where you live? How many months of the year do you wear mittens or gloves?
Fall, my favorite, typically seems short while winter drags on forever. Fall begins around the middle of September but depending on the climate this year will only be around until early November. Then, the cozy sweater weather ends and the coats, sweaters, mittens, hats, boots come on. Winter can last from mid-November until early April.
What was the first thing you ever designed?
A shawl based on a texture in a rock wall in our neighborhood.
When you aren’t knitting and designing, what are you doing?
I'm not supposed to be knitting all the time? I work in a group home setting for adults with mental illness which takes up most of my day. After work, I'm a mom, wife and Girl Scout Leader.
Do you do any other fibre-related crafts besides knitting? Crochet, spinning, weaving, sewing, quilting...
I knit exclusively. The spinning wheels are calling my name but I haven't given in yet.
Where can we find you and see more of your design work?
Thank you Marie!
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