As part of the original Around the World in 80 Skeins tour, stop 19 was to visit Anjali M, a knitwear designer living in Bangalore, India.
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Hi, Anjali – welcome to the blog tour! Let’s start off with where do you live?
I live in Bangalore, India. This is home and I love this city. The only complaint I have is it doesn’t get cold enough to use my handknits. It doesn’t stop me from knitting though!
How did you get started knitting?
I started knitting when my I saw my neighbor knitting a sweater. It intrigued me and I asked her to teach me the basics. I made my first pair of baby booties (with lots of mistakes) and I was hooked.
What is your design process like? Do you plan it all out before you pick up your needles, or do you let the yarn show you where to go?
It depends. The variegated yarn decided itself that it wanted to be turned into Punto Cowl and Hat. Penstemon took me a few rounds of swatching to get the yarn to agree with me.
Do you have a favorite local yarn store?
Sadly, there aren’t many yarn stores in Bangalore.
What is your go to working snack/beverage?
I don’t really snack or drink while knitting, but if I had to, I would probably go for tea, hot or iced depending on the season.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
There are too many to name. I love Norah Gaughan’s distinct style. Jared Flood is a genius. He brings in his style in every aspect – yarn, design and photography. His designs are a visual treat to the eye.
Where is your favorite place to knit/design?
We used to live in an apartment overlooking the woods. It had a big balcony with a great view of the trees. I used to sit there and knit for hours together. I sometimes had squirrels and sparrows for company. Unfortunately, we have moved from there and the best my current house offers is a rocking chair in a corner.
How does India influence your designs and do you have a favorite design in your portfolio that was inspired by your culture?
The place does influence my likes and dislikes. When I am designing, I try to make it work for the clothing style here. For instance, I designed Grown-up Hira which can be teamed with jeans & top, but works with a saree too. Indian sarees have beautiful brocade designs and Penstemon was inspired by that.