Cynthia Levy, Knitting Designer
One of the great things about the Gift-A-Long on Ravelry is the opportunity to get to know other designers. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Cynthia Levy, a knitting designer. Many of Cynthia designs incorporate amazing and lovely cabling. She has published a number of beautiful knit sock patterns as well as some quick-to-knit designs that would be perfect for the holidays that are fast approaching. After you get to know her a little bit better, check out her gift suggestions and get stitching!
How long have you been knitting and how did you first learn?
I’ve been knitting ever since I was a pre-teen figure skater. I considered it essential to have a sweater and mittens to coordinate with every skating outfit and the best way to collect them was to make them myself. The first thing I actually remember knitting was a fair isle yoke sweater to match a skating skirt. My mother was used to my habit of jumping right into a complex project, instead of ever starting a new hobby with something simple, so she agreeably purchased the yarn and delegated any necessary assistance to my grandmother.
What is your favorite design of yours, why?
One of my favorite original designs is Snow Flurry Mittens. I live in the Canadian sub-arctic and -40C is normal winter weather. Anything warm and cozy is bound to be well loved by me. The pattern was a bit of a challenge to get just right so I’m quite proud of it. The snowflake pattern is worked with the mitten held inside-out, so that the pattern stitch can be easily accomplished in the round, and a variety of needle sizes are used to accommodate the gauges of the various stitches.
What is your favorite project of yours, why?
I absolutely adore Julia Farwell Clay’s Bartok Tunic pattern published in Interweave Knits Spring 2013. I fell in love with the pattern the second I saw it. I made my tunic in the yarn and colors specified in the magazine, but shortened the length and narrowed the sleeves. It’s the most comfortable sweater ever and garners compliments everywhere.
What are your favorite knit tools or notions?
I have a real weakness for double-pointed sock needles. My current favorites are Knitters Pride Karbonz and Kollage square needles. And I have recently become a fan of pretty stitch markers. I recently acquired some stitch markers from Caliope’s Fibre that make me happy whenever I look at them.
When you aren’t knitting, what are you doing?
If I’m not knitting or designing, I’m probably toiling away at my more than full-time day job. But if I’m not working or knitting, I certainly won’t be idle. My husband is a private pilot so our summers are dedicated to enjoying our little Cessna floatplane. My other activities include pottery, quilting, weaving, tole painting and stained glass, as well as fishing, camping, hiking, gardening, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Too many interests, too little time!
Where can we find you?
The best place to find me is on Ravelry as redtiger. I spend way too much time gazing at all the great patterns and yarn displayed there. My original designs are available through my shops on Ravelry, Craftsy and Patternfish. I’m also on Twitter as Redtigerdesigns.
Thank you Cynthia! Your designs are beautiful and inspiring. I’m a huge fan of your gorgeous cabling. Keep warm (-40C !!!) and happy stitching!