*Five min­uteswith...h D a SU­SANNE FRANK

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Bude brought the bright­est and best of the wool world to­gether in March when top knitwear designer Martin Storey show­cased his lat­est de­signs for Rowan there on 19 March. The event was hosted by Coastal Yarns and as well as an ex­cit­ing line up of de­signs the event in­cluded a prize draw and book sign­ing. Coastal Yarns own­ers An­gela Locke and Janet Bar­r­a­clough were thrilled with the suc­cess of the event and said: “It’s not of­ten this kind of event is brought to the South West so it was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to meet Martin Storey, see the de­signs and the new yarns – our cus­tomers loved it.” www.coastal­yarns.co.uk We talk to designer Su­sanne, who cre­ated the golf club cosies on p65

How did you be­come a designer? I first learned to knit when I was a teenager, and I've al­ways ex­per­i­mented with my projects and made up my own pat­terns as I was go­ing along. When I sold some of the scarves and hats I had cre­ated to designer bou­tiques I re­alised that it had be­come more than a hobby for me.

Do you have a sig­na­ture style? I like to think that my sig­na­ture style is sim­ple and con­tem­po­rary, with a sense of hu­mour.

Do you have a favourite yarn? Why do you like it? I love us­ing Rowan yarns for their wide range of dif­fer­ent tex­tures and colours. And Noro yarns are just amaz­ing, too. Any yarn that has cash­mere or silk in it has me hooked!

What's the best thing about be­ing a designer? It's very re­ward­ing to get good re­ac­tions from cus­tomers, or feed­back from knit­ters who have com­pleted one of your de­signs. A Knit To­day reader sent in a pic­ture of the fox hand­bag that I had de­signed, and that she had knit­ted for a friend – I loved see­ing that.

Where do you get your in­spi­ra­tion? Vin­tage shops and old fash­ion pho­to­graphs can give me ideas for de­signs, but I also get in­spi­ra­tion from vis­its to art gal­leries, or even some beau­ti­ful home­ware shops.

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