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23 Responses

  1. Monika

    Loved the questions AND the answeres! :o )

  2. connie

    Great questions, Lauren. This (and Kate’s interview tomorrow) were the ones I was most excited to read. Thanks! :)

  3. whitney

    Thanks for posting this interview, Lolly! Great questions and answers. I’m such a Norah Gaughan fangirl, I was really thrilled when I saw that two of her patterns made the top five on the Reader’s Choice Awards!

  4. Alice

    Great interview, Lolly! I love seeing the sketches. It’s amazing what they transform into in the end :)

  5. C

    thank you for this interview, so we get to know Norah even better. I love her designs and finished my second tilted duster recently, now I plan to cast on something from Knitting Nature for summer. I am looking forward reading the next interviews.
    Very good job! Lolly :)

  6. Emmdy

    I loved your questions – they let Norah show us even more about herself!

    Whenever I’m flipping through a magazine or book and stop suddenly to oo and ah over a design, I’d say that 8 times out of 10 it’s one of Norah’s! I’m seaming up her Architectural Rib sweater right now (and hope to wear it at least once before it gets too warm!)

  7. Heather

    Thank you for this great interview and I loved the questions which gave Nora the opportunity to really share some personal aspects of her life and designing for knitwear.

  8. Toby

    Great questions Lolly! I’m afraid I’d be so starstruck I wouldn’t be able to figure out what to ask. As a big fan of Norah’s I, of course, know that she finds a lot of inspiration in nature yet her response about the desert and Iceland was like a lightbulb moment for me as to how an unfamiliar environment is such an inspiration. It makes so much sense, I just never thought of it that way. Plus it’s an encouragement to me to try to see my own everyday environment with fresh eyes (if Spring would arrive that would help too).

    There are SO many patterns of Norah’s that are on my list to knit. As soon as I finish the last of my UFO’s and gift knits I will allow myself to start one of her designs. There’s a good chance it will be the Tweedy Aran Cardie.

  9. Jenna

    Not only is Norah an awesome designer, but she’s so nice and accommodating to all of us fangirls. My finished results from the Swirled Pentagons Pullover are now up on my blog, and I have many more of her designs in my queue. In fact, I may get Volume 2 with your b-day present. xoxo

  10. Heather

    I have only knit the ‘Target Wave’ mittens–I was instantly smitten by the unique structure and design. I am so excited to know that Norah is a fellow Brown grad!

  11. gray la gran

    pretty cool lolly! i always enjoy these interviews, and look forward to the others as well. i’m not sure if i have knitted a norah gaughan design, but know i love most all her designs.
    to me, she IS a designer, vs. other names (i won’t name) that have lots of patterns in print.

  12. tiennie

    Great interview! Thanks!

  13. julia fc

    Neato, Lauren. I love the alternate sketch. It’s so much fun to get a peak inside those creative brains! I have knit the Aran cardigan, and I love it like mad. The textures and the shaping are all so flattering. Norah really knows how to designs for those of us who are not petite.

  14. Jen

    I made the Tilted Duster in August right after I got my issue of IK. I absolutely love it. And I’ve had the Nantucket jacket queued for what feels like forever, but I’m hoping to start it this spring. And I’m so glad the Tweedy Aran was released so that I can add it to the queue as well!

    Thanks for this Q&A! I love Norah’s designs and this was just a wonderful insight into her design process.

  15. JD

    I love Norah’s stuff, too, but recently I realized that I’d never knit anything of hers, so I used my tax return to spring for the yarn for Joyella. I’m converting it to a cardigan, and it’s such a wonderful yarn and easy pattern that it only took me a week to knit! (the seaming up and working out the button bands is taking me another week… still great for a whole sweater!). I’ve also cast on for the shell tank from Knitting Nature, but I have to put it off until I finish a jacket I’m making to wear to my brother’s rehearsal dinner next week… (but you can see my Joyella in progress at Ravelry:
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jdsjazz/joyella )

  16. Ericka

    Thanks for a great interview with Norah. She is my favorite knit designer! I am currently working on the Snapping Turtle Skirt from Knitting Nature. I’m making it with the new Noro Matsuri, and I love it! No two hexagons are the same, because the yarn has long color changes. I have plans (and yarn) to make a couple more Norah tops before the summer is over.

  17. kat

    Thanks for the fun interview. I’m a big fan of Norah and am shocked to realize I haven’t knit any of her designs. YET. Must get on that right away!

  18. Mary

    Darnit, Lolly. Your interview is so darn polished! And good! :-)

  19. Heather

    Great interview, Lolly! I love knowing that she knits a sample for herself. Makes me very confident in picking up her designs – I’ll be more comfortable and know it will fit a REAL girl! Maybe that’s why I love my Tilted Duster so much! It’s very flattering!

    :O)

  20. Cathy

    Thanks for the interview Lolly.

    I’ve been drooling over Norah’s designs for quite a while now. I knitted the tilted duster last winter and was very pleased with it There was just something about that design that grabbed me. Even though I don’t have a trim and lithe physique I thought it looked pretty good on me especially when I left it open and with the collar turned down. — I also love the Nantucket Jacket — one day I’ll get around to it too.

  21. karin

    Norah is my most favorite designer these days. And I hardly ever even have a “most favorite”, because I like many different styles and techniques.

    I am making a long jacket comprised entirely of Norah’s hexagons, the ones she used to trim the hex coat in Knitting Nature. It’s a project that will take me a while, but you can see the beginnings of in on my blog.
    I think I will call it “Ode to Norah”! I hope to have it done in time for the NYS sheep and wool festival in October.

    Have a good day, and thanks for the interview. I am glad I found your site.

  22. Cristina

    I’m knitting the Honeycomb Henley from Knitting Nature right now. Thanks for this profile and interview. The brilliance of the designs in and the idea behind Knitting Nature “grow” on me the more time I spend with the book. In particular, the motifs Norah generates from observation and exploration remind me of the Arts & Crafts movement. She stylizes natural phenomena in a similar way to beautiful effect.

  23. Moni

    I’ve been looking forward to this blog post since I read about it on Knitting Daily (I’m catching up on my blog reading). Great interview Lolly! You came up with some really interesting questions :)

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