It often takes Anke several months to produce a design from the first inspiration to the finished pattern, because she is constantly refining her blueprint as it is knitted up. So how does she start? “In the beginning it is often a collar, a cut or a drape that inspires me,” she explains. For Anke if often feels like the garment appears very quickly, after all the trial and error, testing and knitting. “Once the design is right, all the hard work is worth it. Then I'm the happiest person in the world," says Anke.
Often she finds that coincidences or accidents lead to the best results. Her inspiration may come from a movie or on a walk, or the knitted fabric itself can become the starting point of the creative process - the interplay of colours or the yarn will speak to Anke. “With experience, I have learned to appreciate the quality of a yarn more and more,” she explains. In fact she really didn’t want to let us have the knitted sample of her pattern back, she loved Yarn Stories Fine Merino so much.
What keeps her motivated to design is the endless possibilities that lie in a ball of wool. As she says: “The best project is always the next one."