Spotlight on Angelia Robinson

Category: Featured Projects, Guest Bloggers

ASR Headshot 2-032015The Fairmount Fibers team has worked with many talented designers. Angelia Robinson is the designer behind a number of crochet patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns. Angelia was generous and kind with her time to answer a handful of questions for this designer spotlight. We’re pleased to share her responses with you!

Felted Crochet Tote in Wool Clasica
How did you first come to work with Manos yarns? 
I met Lisa at TNNA a few years ago. It happened to be right around the time that I was also working on a commission for one of Vogue Knitting’s special crochet issues. I mentioned to Lisa that I had been assigned Manos Clasica to use in a felted tote bag, and she said she had not seen felted crochet before. So I showed her pictures of the work-in-progress and we talked about it. After the trade show I sent in a few swatches and sketches, and we’ve been working together ever since. Shown above is the #05 Felted Tote, from Vogue Knitting Crochet 2013 Special Issue.
Angelia Robinson Designs for Fairmount Fibers

Do you have a favorite base or colorway in the Manos Yarn line?
My first favorite was Silk Blend. I’ve designed several garments with this base, and I’m always pleased with the results. I love the drape, softness, and sheen that the touch of silk adds to the wool. But my new favorite is definitely Serena. The sport-weight cotton/baby alpaca blend is perfect for spring and summer garments and accessories. I live in Los Angeles, and our climate doesn’t give us a lot of opportunities to go full-on wool. Blends like Serena are a must in my personal yarn stash. Shown above, left to right: Viedma in Silk Blend, Geranio in Serena, and Tembetari in Serena.

Cowls by Angelia Robinson

How did you get started knitting / crocheting / designing? Who taught you?
I learned to crochet as a child. My mom taught me, but I only picked up the chain and single crochet stitches at the time. I was just too impatient! About 12 years ago I stumbled across a crochet club at my local library, and I was literally hooked! The women in the club were so wonderfully generous with their time, wisdom and yarn as they reintroduced me to the craft. Soon I was crocheting again and knitting, too. Membrillo in Fino is shown above left, and Minas in Silk Blend is shown above right.

 Angelia Robinson crochet sweatersWhere do you draw inspiration from?
I am inspired by the challenge of making a garment both fit and flatter the body. This is a completely selfish concern because my pear-shaped form is not always easy to dress. So when I start a new project, I usually begin by asking myself, “How would this look on me? Could I wear this out in public?” I love to browse through vintage fashion books, magazines, and thrift stores for inspiration. Just looking at silhouettes, hems, necklines and other vintage details always sparks new ideas in my head. I also like to reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters. Not only is the process of dismantling and unraveling old sweaters a lot of fun, but it has also taught me so much about fit and garment construction. Above from left to right: Pineapple Cardigan in Serena, Siracha Twinset in Silk Blend, and Mint Breeze Cardigan in Silk Blend.
Gloria swatch
Do you have any Manos currently on your needles or hook? Maybe a peek at a future design in Manos? 
I recently finished a scarf and mitts set in Gloria which will be part of the Fall 2016 Accessories release. I used a fun zig-zag lace stitch which works up very quickly. I love the way subtle color variations in the yarn play across the lace.
Thanks again to Angelia for sharing with us! Take a moment to check out her designs in Manos Yarns and feel free to share your crochet projects with us on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter or Instagram!