Spotlight on Angelia Robinson
The 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!
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.
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.
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.
Where 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.
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.