Designer Q&A: Laura Reinbach

Laura Reinbach is a native Floridian who resides in a small town in Maine with her husband and four boys. Although she may complain of the cold from time to time, Laura is very grateful she gets to wear her knitted items most of the year. We spoke with Laura about her knitting and design career, and here is what she had to tell us!
—Hannah


Q: When and why did you start knitting?

A: I started knitting about fifteen years ago.  My mother-in-law, an avid knitter who had been knitting since she was a child, was visiting from South Africa. As usual, she was knitting away at something and I was curious, so I asked her to teach me how to knit. I was a ridiculously slow learner at first and always got stuck on patterns! I think for a while I only knit when she was visiting so she could help me when I was confused. My knitting really took off once I discovered Ravelry, though. It was a whole new world, and that was the catalyst for me: I became an avid knitter and have never looked back!

Q: When did you start designing?

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Laura’s Ironwood Shawl from knitscene Spring 2017.

A: I started designing about three years ago.

Q: Who do you most often knit for?

A: I do a combination of professional submissions and personal projects, with a higher percentage being submissions.

Q: What is the most challenging part of designing?

A: For me, the most challenging part of designing is the actual pattern writing. I find myself procrastinating when it is time to write up a pattern.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of designing?

A: The most rewarding part of designing is seeing your idea come to life stitch by stitch, especially when it turns out how you envisioned it. My favorite part of designing is the knitting process.

Q: What was the inspiration for the Spearmint Shawl in knitscene Summer 2017?

A: I wanted something open and relaxed for this summer shawl and was drawn to the uniqueness of the double-twisted drop stitch. It makes it look like the shawl is held together by threads and I think that is such a cool-looking effect. In addition, the added fringe augments the overall aesthetic of the shawl.

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Laura’s Happy Jack Cowl from knitscene Handmade is our happiest cowl of the year!

Q: What is your least favorite thing to knit? Why?

A: My least favorite thing to knit are sleeves. I know they aren’t a thing all to themselves, but they are a part of a thing. I feel like knitting sleeves is such a slow, tedious process and feels like it takes forever.

Q: Do you watch specific shows when knitting? Listen to podcasts? Music?

A: I definitely watch or listen to something while knitting. Generally, if the knitting is fairly easy and requires minimal concentration, I watch Netflix. If it is something that requires a bit more concentration I either listen to NPR, a podcast, or music. And if it is really something challenging, then I don’t listen or watch anything—I just concentrate on what I’m knitting. Otherwise, I will just be ripping out my mistakes every two seconds!

Q: What kind of yarn is your favorite to work with?

A: Nothing beats 100 percent wool.

Q: Have you ever taught someone how to knit? How did it go?

A: One of my boys was interested in my knitting and wanted to learn, so I tried to teach him.  His first project was a garter-stitch scarf, but unfortunately he lost interest.


Find Laura online at www.laurareinbach.com, on Instagram as @laura.reinbach.knits, and on Ravelry as Lulubach.


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Find Laura online at www.laurareinbach.com, on Instagram as @laura.reinbach.knits, and on Ravelry as Lulubach.

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