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Sylvia is a knitwear designer who has self-published several knitwear design collections. She is well-known for her Waiting for Rainshawl which is one of the first shawls of this design to use short rows and lace together. Sylvia is also a photographer and does all the photography for her gorgeous collections.

Please join us this week as Felicia and Sylvia discuss photographing knitwear!

In this episode, we talk about:
  • 2:05  Felicia and Sylvia reminisce about when they first met at Knit City years ago
  • 4:48 Sylvia discusses her passion to teach other designers photography
  • 7:01 Sylvia and Felicia chat about how perfectionism can interfere with artistic progress
  • 7:54 Felicia asks Sylvia what her process is as a self-publishing knitwear designer
  • 11:07 Discussing the "creative gap" of what vision you have in your mind versus the results you get
  • 11:51 Chatting about moody and dark photography trends coming into fashion and the cyclical nature of trends
  • 17:46 Discussing the challenges of photoshoots and finding models
  • 22:06 Sylvia explains why she left photography school and the issues in fashion photography today
  • 24:49 Felicia asks Sylvia if she keeps photography trends in mind when she does her own knitwear shoots and designs
  • 26:02 Talking about Sylvia's latest purchase of a Lensbaby lens
  • 27:53 The gear Sylvia recommends for photography
  • 28:47 Felicia asks Sylvia how she gets her beautiful "thrown in the air" shawl photos
  • 31:35 Sylvia discusses what she's working on right now
  • 33:33 The difficulty of sizing in knitwear patterns
  • 36:49 Felicia and Sylvia chat about dealing with the discomfort of seeing photographs of yourself
  • 40:43 Sylvia offers advice to those wanting to get into knitwear design or photography
  • 43:35  Felicia asks Sylvia how she manages to publish knitwear designs on her own
  • 47:09 Where to find Sylvia online and her new YouTube podcast
  • 48:30 Felicia's Final Thoughts and giveaway!


Here's Where You Can Find Sylvia:

Instagram: @softsweater


Ravelry: softsweater

Ravelry group:

YouTube: The Wrong Side Podcast

Facebook: Softsweater Knits


Enter the Giveaway for a copy of Gentle Armour:

Sylvia has generously offered our listeners a chance to win a hard copy of her shawl collection Gentle Armour: Five Shawls for Sensitive People! If you'd like a chance to win these gorgeous patterns click the link below and enter this episode's secret word. Thank you so much Sylvia!

Click here to enter the giveaway »



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Thank you all so much for your continued support of our show! Until next time, enjoy colour!


Music Credits:

Playbook of Happiness – by RimskyMusic

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