Yesterday I met….

Some of my early stranded colourwork.

A most interesting knitting designer.  His name is Abbott Smith and he designs under the name BlackSmith Knitting and I would describe him as a Renaissance man.  He is an artist, teacher, photographer, has done some blacksmithing, has made his own knitting needles, has no fear of learning and 18 months ago he decided to teach himself to knit.  As an artist Abbott is passionate about colour and how colours play off each other and this was a big focus in our conversation.  It should be no surprise that the type of knitting he is drawn to is stranded colourwork.

After only 18 months of knitting Abbott is now designing for Jamieson’s and works with their Shetland Spindrift yarn.  To date he has designed 2 hats (tam or toorie styling) with the most incredible colour shadings.  You can see some of his work on Ravelry – it is truly gorgeous.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work.

Rainbow Mittens

I think that I am about to work on a little more Fair-isle!

Happy Knitting


About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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