9.29.2011

Getting to Know You #5: Alex Tinsley

This week, I've invited over a gal I have a total girl crush on. Not only is she hilariously funny, adorable, and stylish, she's also a great knitwear designer, too! It's Alexandra Tinsley! I first got to know Alex in 2008 by test knitting her hat design, The Delicious. (Here's my version.) Since then, I've kept a keen eye out for Alex's designs, and they've only been getting better!



Here's Alex, modeling her Meriwether Hat & Emrigail Scarf. Isn't she gorgeous?

TSK: So, you seem to design mostly hats, and I am stupid in love with them. I'm not even a hat person really, but there's something about your hats that makes me want to knit them all! Why mostly hats? Is there something about them you particularly like designing? Do you wear a lot of hats yourself?

AT: I do wear a lot of hats, but I honestly couldn't tell you whether that started before or after the knitting. When you've amassed a hat collection like mine (I think about 50 at last count), you've really got to wear them, haha...  I love hats because they usually take only a skein or two of yarn (and I'm very much the type of person to go "Ooooh, pretty yarn!" and buy one skein of it) and you don't have to make two of them. I like scarves and shawls for the same reason, though usually those take a little longer. Plus, at this point I've spent so much time with hats that I can start doing weird creative stuff with them since I know their basic constructions so well.





She really does love hats! Here, Alex's Darla, Wabbit Season, and Phoncible.

TSK: Oh my word, 50 hats? Girl, you really do like hats! I guess that's about the same as my shoe collection, though...(ahem) Soooooo, how long have you been knitting? Was there a moment at which you thought to yourself, "You know, I could design professionally", or did it just kind of happen for you?

AT: I learned in high school, so like...8 or 9 years ago. Yikes! Has it really been that long? I started knitting a lot in college, mostly to help entertain and keep me awake during lectures. I initially started selling the knits themselves, back when Etsy was new and shiny. Eventually, I decided it made more sense to write up the patterns and sell those, because it's very, very hard to make enough to cover materials + time for handknits. Turns out, I like writing patterns a lot better than any of my other career plans!


TSK: What's your background? Are you still in school? Working? Designing full time?

AT: I have a BA in Psychology and what basically amounts to a minor in Visual Arts (my school didn't do minors, but if it had, I would've). I'm not so much using the Psychology degree, hehehe...

As of last October, I'm designing full time, though I'm still building to the point where it can sort of legitimately count as a job. Luckily we live cheaply!


Alex has also published 2 ebooks, Go Go Malabrigo, Volumes 1 and 2.

TSK: Uh-oh, now the next time I see you I'm going to worry you're psycho-analyzing me, haha! Glad the arts won out, for real. So what's up next for you? Are we going to be seeing more hats?

AT: I'm working on a super-slightly-secret book project with my friend/fellow yarnieface/photographer Vivian Aubrey. It's been a bit stalled out (it's really hard to not get sidelined when you're working on long-term things), but I'm starting to put my nose back to the grindstone and crank that sucker out. It will have both garments and accessories, and will be centered around a particular fashion subculture that I think is pretty snazzy, aesthetically. If Vivian has anything to say about it, it'll look awesome. We're hoping to get a print publisher to pick it up, but it may just be digital. We'll see.

TSK: Well good luck with that, Alex! I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing the new collection!

Alex is excited to offer a complimentary copy of one of her ebooks to one lucky reader; to enter to win, simply leave a comment stating whether you'd win Collection 1 or Collection 2! I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, October 5th. In the meantime, Alex is offering 20% off her patterns until October 7th; enter the code "sexyinterview" during checkout! What are you waiting for? Go stock up on some goodies!

You can keep tabs on Alex's design career by finding her on Ravelry, her blog, Facebook fan page, Ravelry group, or Twitter.

Oh, and are you wondering who won the giveaways from Laura's interview? Well, sosoclever won the subscription to Adorn, and Moreen won the kit! Congrats, ladies! If you can drop me a line at thesexyknitter AT gmail DOT com, I'll get you in touch with Laura!

36 comments:

  1. Collection 1, I think. Tough choice! Her hat-knitting is what got me following her blarg (and her Ravelry projects); I'm glad I'm not the only person who knits a ridiculous number of hats.

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  2. Would love to win collection 1! :)

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  3. Collection 1 ! I love everything! :)

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  4. Could I go in the draw for collection 2 please :)

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  5. I'd love to get my hands on collection 2

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  6. I would choose Collection 1. I love the Doublish shawl pattern.

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  7. Alex is one of my favorite designers! I'd be way into Collection 2. Sweetness is so cute!

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  8. Pick just one of them?! Well, if you really insist, I guess I'd pick Collection 1... but both are fab :-)

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  9. I'm in love with the Hypnotica hat (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hypnotica), so I'd say Collection 2.

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  10. (I'm not really entering the contest... but I want to comment!)
    Awesome! I have a total crush on Alex, too!

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  11. Alex is one of the designers for Malabrigo Book 4, as well. I was so excited to have her on board :)

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  12. Rose (Sisterrobinson on Rav)September 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Collection 1 looks divine to me.

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  13. Charlotte (cvd-aviatrix on Ravelry)September 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Ooh, I don't know! I like all the patterns, and have knitted several of them already! In the unlikely event that I win, surprise me!

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  14. Oooh, I love Alex and her designs and her many many hats! It'd be Collection 1 for me, all the way ...

    ( carrot&stick ) on Ravelry

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  15. I'm in love with Collection 1 and I'd love to have it.

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  16. Collection 1 <3!!! I am so glad I found Alex's patterns. I think someone commented on her blog that finally some patterns that don't look like they were made for depressed housewives in the '80s!

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  18. Great interview. I stalk both of you so it's nice to have you both in one place, less effort for me.

    I would love Collection 1 please. Thanks :D

    Kelly

    (removed my last post cos I can't spell for toffee)

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  19. I've been a fan of these hats for a while! I really like the 1st book.

    (Miranda8rose on Ravelry)

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  20. I'm a fan of Alex and her work. Tough choice, but I think I'll go w/ Collection 1!

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  21. Thank you everyone :-) And thanks for interviewing me, Sarah! I am suddenly jealous of your shoe collection (ah, if only I could knit shoes...)

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  22. I need the entire Collection 2 ! While I wait for the winner, I'll go browse Alex's patterns to find my future hat ;)

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  23. I've gotten behind on my blog reading, but Laura told me I won! Woo-hoo! I never win anything!

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  24. I choose collection 1. thanks, Debbie H

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  25. How can I pick just one? I suppose if I must, it would have to be Collection 1. What a tough decision!

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  26. Collection 2--LOVE those two hats, especially Hypnotica. I also have a major girl-crush on Alex:)

    questionable on Ravelry

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