3KCBWDAY3: Designers that make me drool

You know what I’m talking about. You look at a new design and instantly start salivating. Then, you glance at the byline and exclaim, ‘Oh, it’s by so-and-so… THAT’S why I love it!

Some designers have a knack for expressing their unique style and designing gift in every piece they publish… and these are my heroes. What more could you ask for than consistent awesomeness?

Here are my heroes:

Veera Valimaki

website: 100% Rain

Veera has a great eye for color and stripes… and her designs are so fabulously gorgeous (but surprisingly simple and relaxing knits), that I tend to find myself addicted.

What I’ve Knit: 3 Stripe Study Shawls, Different Lines, 2 Still Light Tunics

Next on my list: Color Affection

Heidi Kirrmaier

website: Heidi’s Ravelry Shop

I developed a long faves list of Heidi’s patterns before figuring out that they came from the same, genius designer. No surprise the knit-a-long for my LYS this month is her Vitamin D… everyone’s in love!

What I’ve Knit: Buttercup

Next on my list: Another Buttercup, then Raindance

Spilly Jane

website: SpillyJane at Blogspot

Spilly (Do you call her by her first name? I don’t know!) does amazing fair-isle designs that are modern and hilarious.

Photo from Spilly Jane’s Flickr page

What I’ve Knit: none yet

Next on my list: Swedish Fish Socks, then gnome socks

Stephen West

website: WestKnits

I hate sounding like a groupie… but this dude really does design some awesome shawls! He’s got a touch for geometric designs with awesome colorblocking.

What I’ve Knit: 2 Pogona Shawls

Next on my list: Spectra, then Earth & Sky and Flagstone

And more!

Ah! I can’t stop listing the awesomeness! Here are a few more of my faves:

Photo from Wool Buddy’s Etsy shop

Wool Buddy, who designs AMAZING needle-felting animals… I’m dying to try her owl kit.

(website: woolbuddy.com)

Anna of MochiMochiLand designs of the most fabulous knitted animals and characters. I’m always in awe! (website: mochimochiland)

Shannen of Sweet n’ Cute Creations is the designer of some of the most adorable amigurumi I’ve seen! They really are sweet and cute! (website: Sweet n Cute Creations)

Kirstin Johnstone designs incredibly modern and clever pieces… I’m knitting her Kyuu right now! (website: Assemblage)

Who are your heroes?

I can’t wait to browse through the rest of today’s Knit and Crochet Blog Week post… I’m hoping to find even more faves!

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