Sandra McIver had me at hello a few years ago when I saw her lovely designs at the TNNA Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio. Every one of the patterns in her book Knit Swirl are stunning. Trust me, I saw them all! (Yet another thing to add to my bucket list, knit them all!)
She did her homework. It shows. Knitters everywhere sing her praises…so we knew you would like to meet her on a personal level.
Della: What song best describes your knitting?
Sandra: It’s a Wonderful World as sung by Louis Armstrong–because (at least most of the time) that’s how I feel when I’m knitting.
Della: Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Why?
Sandra: I think it would have been fascinating and enriching to have had Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman as parents. They seem to have been thoroughly wonderful people who found bliss in their love for each other throughout 50 years together and left great legacies in their films and in the work their foundation continues to do today.
Della: If I came to your house for dinner, what would you serve?
Sandra: Food from the ‘hood—grilled wild king salmon with herbs from my tiny little garden, and oven-roasted locally grown veggies dressed with some of California’s finest extra virgin olive oil. Dessert would probably be homemade lemon yogurt ice cream made with Straus Creamery yogurt and cream and Meyer lemons from my tree.
Della: What time is dinner?? (YUM)
Della: If you were a knitting notion what would you be?
Sandra: Oooohhhh—that’s tough. I’m a sucker for anything that falls into the knitting notion category. I guess I’d have to say a knitting bag because you can never have enough, and a new one never fails to put a smile on a knitter’s face.
Della: Who has had the most influence in your life? In what way?
Sandra: My grandmother. She was a force to be reckoned with at all times, despite living during a time when women just weren’t supposed to be that way.
Della: You are on ‘America’s Got Talent’, what skill will you show off?
Sandra: Nada, zippo—those sorts of skills, sadly, are not in my wheelhouse. I do have a standing order in for beautiful, pitch-perfect singing voice in my next life. I’m also going to be tall, have at least some athletic ability and straight legs.
Della: Mountains or beach?
Sandra: Happily, I don’t have to choose. We are oh, so lucky to live life atop a mountain ridge.
Thanks to Sandra! Your honest responses have us just swirling to knit one of those stunning designs of yours!!
And if you are not familiar with Sandra’s stunning one seam swirl jackets you need to check out her book Knit, Swirl.
Bet you can’t knit just one!