Melanie Berg aka Mairlynd est une jeune designeuse tricot allemande qui propose des modèles modernes et totalement en phase avec notre époque.
Elle crée avant tout des vêtements et des châles qu'elle aime porter au quotidien. Et le moins qu'on puisse dire est que cette talentueuse créatrice a du goût.
Je vous invite donc à découvrir toute sa collection de patrons de vêtements et d'accessoires tricot sur sa page Ravelry.
A l'occasion de la sortie de son nouveau patron tricot, le cardigan Chasing Butterflies en laine Traveller de Dragonfly Fibers, des kits tricot sont proposés en exclusivité chez Madlaine.fr en série ultra-limitée.
La gentille créatrice s'est également prêtée au jeu des questions-réponses pour Madlaine.fr. Retrouvez ci-dessous l'intégralité de son interview en anglais.
Pour la version française, rendez-vous sur le site Madlaine.fr!
We have been talking for few months together and now it's time to introduce yourself to french knitters community. Your designs meet more and more success here in France so let us discover Mairlynd in ten questions!
Q#1 : First, may you say a few words about the woman behind Mairlynd ? Where are you from ? How old are you ? What means « Mairlynd » ?
Melanie Berg: Hi all, and thanks so much for having me here today!
My name is Melanie, and I'm living with my husband and our three kids in Bonn, a lovely little town in the western part of Germany. I'm in my thirties, and only a year ago I decided to quit my day job to work as a fulltime designer - one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life!
Mairlynd is the name of my line of knitting patterns, but there's no meaning to it - no secret to share. I like the way it reads and sounds - it's a bit mysterious on the one hand, but clear and straightforward on the other.
Q#2 : You used to work as an IT specialist, how did you come to knitting patterns design ? Leaving your job for designing patterns is a very important decision, which event helped you to make your choice ?
My mother taught me how to knit when I was a young teenager, but it was only after our first daughter was born that I picked up my needles again. I wanted to create something for her - something warm, something to protect her, so knitting felt like a very natural thing for me to do.
I started to work from patterns, but very soon began to tweak these - add a little extra, leave out other things. From there, it wasn't far to developing my very own patterns, and thanks to platforms like Ravelry, it was easy to share them with the knitting world.
The decision to leave my old job hasn't been one I made over night. I'm writing knitting patterns for more than six years now, and in the beginning I never thought I'd be able to make a living from that. But as time passed, I started to feel it would be possible, so after carefully pondering everything, I decided to go for it!
Q#3: When we look at your designs gallery, there is a real homogeneity in your creations : texture,
geometry, stripes and neutral colors seem to have a huge importance in your creation process. May
you say a few word about your inspiration sources ?
That's so hard to put into words. I think inspiration is all around us - all the time. We see and notice the things that surround us and save them mentally, and at a certain time in the future, it might happen that we get back to this image in our mind, consciously or unconsciously, and incorporate it into something new. This is true for everything - colors, shapes, materials... It's a never-ending game of combining and re-building.
Q#4 : Name three designers that inspire you.
There are so many! But three women I really admire are Bristol Ivy, Justyna Lorkowska and Suvi Simola. Each of them has her very own style and I just love their work.
Q#5: Do you have a special knitting routine when you start to create ? Do you need some particular
conditions to work ?
I like to begin with the yarn - look at it, hold it in your hands, really get a sense of how it feels and behaves. Whenever I can, I try to do this “with an open mind” - I want to listen to yarn to find out what it wants to become.
Color also plays an important role in this: How to arrange them in the most appealing way?
Once I have had a little time to think about that, I usually draw a sketch of how I want the finished piece to look like. The next thing is figuring out the math - how to place increases and decreases to achieve the right shape and fit. And the next thing is probably the most fun one - the actual knitting!
Q#6: You seem to love designing for women especially. And what about children or men ?
Designing for women seems like the most natural thing for me to do, as I'm a woman myself. I want to wear the things I design, I want to enjoy and show them.
However, some of my shawls are definitely unisex - depending on color choice, they work perfectly for men, too. And I have made some designs for kids, too - there are baby blankets and mitts, things like that.
I'll definitely stay focused on designing for women, but the occasional kid or men knit might happen, too.
Q#7: What new knitting techniques would you like to experiment in 2016 ?
I've not yet gotten around to playing with two-colored brioche, but that's definitely on my list.
Q#8: If you have to adopt a wooly animal, would it be merino sheep, alpaca or angora rabbit ?
An alpaca, most definitely! I love looking into their eyes - they seem so patient, so calm. And they look cute as a button!
Q#9: What is the strangest place you have already knit in?
It's hard to name the strangest... none of them really felt strange to me! I've been knitting on the bus, in the car, at the ballet lesson, waiting for the kids, at the swimming pool, at the doctor's, at the parent's evening, in countless cafés and restaurants, at the playground, at soccer matches, and pretty much everywhere else, too.
Q#10: An advice for the knitting beginners ?
Don't be afraid of anything! Experiment and try out all the things. The worst that might happen is that you'll have to rip back - but that's not the end of the world, and there's always something to learn from a mistake.
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