I’m continuing my Hispanic Heritage Month series today with an interview with Spanish knitting and crochet designer and blogger, Rosalia Fauste. Rosalia can be found online on her blog, El mon de Rosalia, on Ravelry (as rosalias and on her Ravelry designer page), and on Facebook. All pictures are copyright Rosalia Fauste and are used with permission.
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Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet and knit?
Rosalia: When I was a little girl, less than 10 years old, I saw many women in front the doors of their houses knitting or crocheting. I usually stopped to see why her hands moved so fast and that was the way I became familiar with that skill. Later, being a complete teenager, I got my own needles and wool and asked the ladies who came to my parent’s store for teach me to knit. Then, I learned the basics. As a young lady, I was self-taught through knitting and crochet publications.
UC: What inspired you to start designing?
Rosalia: I did some work for Phildar in my university years. Maybe my first creation was a cardigan for babies. I always liked to invent, creating new clothes from old clothes. My first conscious moment for design was through the shawls. I made some but I didn’t write the patterns (Camino de Santiago and Transatlàntico). Later, I considered writing to share them with others. I am right now a humble apprentice designer. I have translated some patterns to Spanish.
UC: You have quite a few shawl designs. What do you enjoy about shawl projects?
Rosalia: I like shawls that combine many techniques and stitches. They are easy to be born soon and are accessories that are always “must have.” I like the challenge posed by mathematical combinations of the stitches turning into beautiful designs.
Right now, I’m designing a new one whose original idea came a year ago. I am inspired by Estonian stitches and lace. I will also be starting two cowl tests. I work full time, so my dedication to design is limited.
UC: Your patterns are available in three different languages (English, French, or Spanish). What are the challenges and benefits of offering patterns in different languages?
Rosalia: I like to offer my designs in different languages in order to reach maximum number of knitters’ or crocheters’ hands possible. Is more work but for now, but that does not matter.
UC: Tell us about your cultural background. What was the yarn crafts scene like where you were growing up?
Rosalia: I was born in a Castilian village and went off to University at 18. I live in Catalunya near Barcelona. I’ve always been surrounded by people who have enjoyed crafts – sewing, knitting and crocheting, and embroidering as well. I have always enjoyed learning new things.
UC: Are there any Spanish- or English-language crafty websites/blogs you visit regularly for inspiration or community?
Rosalia: When I discovered Ravelry, I extended my knowledge extraordinarily by learning how other knitters solve their projects or manage their works. I found many people with whom I have shared good moments, and that leaves a pleasant experience. It has also helped me share my designs.
UC: Where do you find your inspiration? How do you name your designs?
Rosalia: I love many fashion designers and though they all inspire me, I have a few more favorites than others. Anonymous knitters also drive my imagination with their ideas. I am inspired by the old and the new. Also art, painting, nature, and the many colors and shapes that are everywhere. I need to invent pattern and project names that evoke something.