My first featured independent designer of the 2014 Gift-A-Long is Anjali M of Affiknity Designs. (All photos copyright Affiknity, used with permission)
I asked Anjali my Five Questions, and here is how she answered.
1) Tell us a little about yourself.
I work full time as a programmer and knit and design in my free time. I live with my husband and my 6-year old son in Bangalore, India. I like to travel, read and take long walks on the beach (sad there is no beach in Bangalore). I have not yet made up my mind on what I love more: tea or coffee. I am a novice photographer and a budding baker.
2) How did you start designing?
It all started with a simple wish to make a blanket for my baby when I was pregnant. After searching high and low for a pattern, I couldn’t find any that I liked. I decided to make one up myself (I didn’t know the term designing then). I hunted down a nice stitch pattern in my stitchionary, worked out the gauge and thus was born my first ever pattern, As Sweet As Honey Baby Blanket. I enjoyed the process so much that I continued doing it.
3) How would you describe your design style?
I don’t really work towards having a distinct style, but I always keep in mind the practicality of the knitted piece and the interest of the knitter. I try to keep my designs simple, yet add one interesting element to it. To name a few: Hira has beads, Texo Pullover has cabled pocket and Dyvest has interesting cable transitions.
4) What is your favourite pattern of your own design?
It is so hard to choose! For purely sentimental reasons, I would say ‘As Sweet As Honey Baby Blanket’ as it was my first design and also it was made specially for my baby.
5) Are you doing any gift knitting this year?
Oh yes. I am so excited to see so many great patterns offered for sale and KAL. I am planning to make a hat for my son. Allotrope Hat looks interesting. I might decide to make a baby cardigan if my mood strikes.
Thank you so much Anjali for answering my questions so thoughtfully! It’s a pleasure to have been able to feature you on my blog.
To celebrate the Gift-A-Long, Anjali and I would like to offer you the opportunity to win one of her patterns. To enter, have a look through Anjali’s patterns and leave a comment below telling us which is your favourite. Leave your comment before midnight MST Wednesday, November 19th and I will do a draw the next day to choose a winner. Good luck everyone!
10 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY – Featured Independent Designer: Anjali M”
My all time favourite is As sweet as Honey Baby Blanket. Will knit this blanket soon. My next favourite would be Grown up Hira. Thanks for the giveaway.
Hira is very pretty.
Her Tanvi sweater would be perfect for my friend’s grandaughter.
wahoomerryf on Ravelry
All of Anjali M ‘s designs are lovely. I really like the Texo Pullover. Great work.
with Pat, the designs are lovely and Anjali’s responses interesting. I love love love the baby blanket.
Grown up Hira is my fav too
Texo Pullover is wonderful, love the front pocket 🙂
Audrey 2 is a brilliant pattern – would love to knit this up. Thanks for the contest!
Janet at YarnTaxiDriver on Ravelry
Jann Leclair, you are our lucky winner! Please send me an email at kate dot bostwick at gmail dot com with your Ravelry ID and I’ll get Anjali in touch with you. If you don’t have a Ravelry ID then your email address will do.
I love the As Sweet As Honey Baby Blanket!