Designer Spotlight - Lisa Doherty

Lisa Doherty has designed beautiful crochet projects out of Koigu. In Koigu Magazine 9, Lisa designed the Garden Scarf, a beautiful crochet piece featuring a number of different colours! (Photo shown below) Here more from Lisa below! 

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What are some quick facts about you? 

I live with my husband John in Wake Forest, NC. We have family nearby in Raleigh and Wilmington.
I'm a freelance violinist/violist in the area. My work is mostly with regional orchestras, pick-up orchestras for choral concerts and musical theater, and small ensembles for weddings. My schedule varies, but it gives me the freedom to work one day a week in a LYS (Great Yarns in Raleigh), create freeform knit and crochet pieces, and design knit and crochet accessories.

How did you begin knitting and crocheting? 

When I was 8 years old, one of my grandmothers taught me to crochet, and I loved it. My favorite projects were granny squares and stuffed animals. In junior high school, I crocheted a dissected frog as a science project and got an A! Around that same time, I learned to knit with my other grandmother. Since then I've almost always had a project on the needles or the hook! 

How has knitting and crocheting affected your life?

Being a knitter and crocheter has affected my life by giving me a way to make things that make me happy, and it has allowed me to meet wonderful people that share my obsession. 

Is there any form of making that you are interested in trying?

As much as I like to knit and crochet, I'd like to try some weaving and rug hooking. More possibilities for all the yarn in my stash!

Who is your designing idol?

My favorite way to knit and crochet is using freeform techniques.  Freeform designers and artists that inspire me the most are Prudence Mapstone, Myra Wood, and Jane Thornley.

What are you making now?

Right now I'm finishing up a sample for the next Koigu magazine! 

Moebius Cowl

This cowl is in Koigu Magazine 8