Episode 043: Find Your Fade with Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits

The Find Your Fade shawl has recently become one of the most popular shawl projects on knitters’ needles and today, with talk with the knitwear designer behind the Find Your Fade shawl, Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits.

“Shawls, I feel like… those are my creative happy place. Where I feel like I can just grab yarn and cast on and see where it takes me.” — Andrea Mowry

Andrea is one of the many who was lucky enough to learn how to knit as a child from her grandma. By her late teens, guided by the wisdom of the great Elizabeth Zimmerman and her many books, she began trying to work out her own patterns. After leaving her life as a pastry chef to start a family with her husband, her hands found the necessary freedom to begin creating with fiber instead of flour. She focuses on designing knits to fit the modern wardrobe — fun to knit and easy to wear, with clear directions for every level of knitter. She believes in enjoying every stitch and wearing at least one hand knit everyday! Andrea has a great love for indulging in new techniques and skills and then sharing them with other knitters thru her patterns and workshops. Her goal is to leave knitters feeling empowered and inspired, and wrapped up in their own beautiful knits!

Today, with podcast host, Felicia Lo, we talk about Andrea’s design process, how she works very organically with her hand knit designs as well as colours, and how she’s doing it all with balancing motherhood and work.

Where to find Andrea Mowry:

Find Your Fade Giveaway

Find Your Fade shawl pattern designed by Andrea Mowry

Find Your Fade shawl pattern designed by Andrea Mowry

Andrea and I are excited to do a big joint giveaway as well. Andrea will send out Find Your Fade shawl patterns to three lucky winners and SweetGeorgia will send out 2 skeins of yarn to each winner to get your shawl started. To give as many listeners as possible a chance to enter, we will keep this giveaway open until the end of February and then draw a winner after that date. Simply enter your info below and we’ll enter you in the giveaway and also subscribe you to our SweetGeorgia updates, so you won’t miss a thing.

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Music Credits:

The Young and Beautiful – by Ivory Hours
Punchline – by Zoe Sky Jordan (on NoiseTrade)

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  • PennyRae Creates

    Great podcast. I love the background story behind Andrea’s “Find Your Fade.” So many people are having such a great time with this pattern. I think it speaks to the importance of being aware, being true to one’s self, and being brave with creativity. Inspiration is all around us, but Andrea’s story is a reminder/nudge to work through that inspiration.

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  • MNSusan72

    Love the music, love the tone of your voice, love learning about all the people in the knitting world, love the podcast!

  • Jessica Baldwin

    Great podcast! It was so great to “meet” Andrea! I just cast on Marley a few days ago and taught myself brioche in tandem. I especially appreciate hearing how you literally ran to photograph for the release of Find Your Fade! As a mother of five little ones, I totally get it. Thank you for fun, inspiring knits!!!

  • Brenda Reynoso-Pena

    Thank you for this great episode! Andrea is so talented and hard worker. I will love to knit the “find you fade shawl” because it is the perfect project to inspire and truly find your favorite colors. Felicia your yarns are gorgeous they make me dream of beautiful garments.

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