I first met Angela Tong in Summer 2013 at TNNA in Columbus, Ohio. Yvonne had become good friends with Angela and invited me to the lobby of one of the convention center hotels to sit and knit for a while. Up to that point, I was vaguely familiar with Angela’s designs and even had Kouyou in my Ravelry queue, but I really didn’t know who Angela was. For me, it was such a cool experience to be in the presence of a published designer and I have admired her talent ever since. Today, we feature a short question and answer with Angela to get to know more about the designer behind this segment of the Shawl Adventure KAL.
NS: English or Continental?
AT: English. I am a thrower because that was how I was taught. But I when I knit fair isle, I will use both methods because I find it faster.
NS: What was your first published design? What prompted or inspired you to be a designer?
AT: My first published design was the LaReine Shawl (2010). I took an online class from Stefanie Japel who taught me to design a shawl and write the pattern. After taking that class, it felt like something unlocked in my brain. The flow of ideas kept coming. I published a few more designs and then on a whim, I started submitting my work to magazines. I was lucky and they got accepted. That basically launched my career as a knitwear designer.
NS: Any plans to design a sock pattern?
AT: For now, I have to answer no since I am not a sock knitter. I can’t seem to finish a pair. But I will say never say never.
AT: My most popular design is the Kouyou Shawl which is rivaled by the Monsoon Shawl. Coincidentally, they are both Worsted Weight Shawls. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think I would pick the Shizuku Scarf.
NS: What is it like to see your designs “out in the wild”?