Clare Devine is a South African designer living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having started her knitting journey in another antipodean location – Australia – Clare has been adapting to the cooler Scottish weather by embracing the chance to wear her hand knits. Sometimes she wears them all at once; it gets quite cold in Edinburgh!
After always saying she would never knit socks, Clare decided to give it a try, and found she rather liked it. So much so, in fact, she started to design them, and authored an e-book of mini socks focussing on heel techniques and sock designs. This brought together her interest in sock construction and customisation with her passion for teaching and led to a series of sock master class articles for The Knitter in 2014.
She regularly teaches sock knitting workshops at several yarn shops in Scotland, with more planned in North East England in the near future. Though socks are her favourite, they are by no mean her one and only: she has also worked with local independent hand dyers to create bespoke design collections for their yarns, showcasing the amazing talent in the indie knitting business.
Born in Johannesburg, Clare was extremely excited to be asked to design for and be involved with Sally’s South African inspired knitting book. Drawing on inspiration from her vibrant, bustling hometown and the fabulous hand dyed yarn by Michelle from Hartlam, she designed Jozi, a beautifully structured unisex sock.
In addition to teaching and designing Clare provides professional editing and layout services to a wide range of business within the knitting sector. She also regularly blogs about knitting and other things at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. Passionate about knitting, travel and people she loves hearing from knitters from all corners of the world.