jaykayknits: Tell us a little about yourself.
jkk: Pattern design is definitely no easy task. What process do you use when designing?
js: I usually have an idea in mind. Then I try to sketch it out. But mostly, it is knitting, ripping, knitting, ripping, and extensive note taking. It isn't the most time efficient method, but I need the visual representation of the design in addition to the word or chart. Once I'm happy with the design, I write up the pattern, do the math for different sizes if needed, and send the pattern out to be test knit in some cases. Then I send the patterns out for publication, and wait.
jkk: What fibers do you enjoy knitting with the most?
js: I prefer knitting with natural fibers. I really love merino wool because it is soft and usually shows stitch patterns well.
jkk: Do you have any particular yarn that you would recommend to the readers?
js: For socks: I'm really loving ShiBui Sock at the moment.
For garments/etc: Cascade 220, it's one of the best workhorse yarns around and comes in a great variety of colors.
Kids & Toys: Berroco Comfort. I know it's acrylic, but it is super soft, comes in great colors, and, best of all, is washable.
jkk: What inspires you daily?
js: I read a lot of blogs, some knitting, some not. I like seeing what other knitters are making, what modifications they make, and how they like the finished product. I browse Etsy and Flickr. almost everyday. I find inspiration in a wide variety of mediums.
jkk: What is your most prized possession (handmade or otherwise)?
js: Hands down, the stuffed lion my husband gave me in our third month of dating. It looks quite bedraggled now, but I still love it and take it with me everywhere. (that is SOOO sweet!!)
jkk: If you could live ANYWHERE in the world, where would you live?
js: Somewhere with all four seasons. Preferably with a great, local farmer's market, a large body of water, and a yarn store. I would say the Pacific Northwest, but I've never even visited there, so I can't say for sure. :-)
jkk: Finally - if you could have any super power, which one would you choose?
js: To knit with my mind. I'd get a lot more done that way!