rocheting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I first learned from my second grade teacher, Gail Crooks. She would stay after school with me and patiently teach me the stitches and also how to follow a pattern. My first project was a floppy, purple hat that I still have to this day. After becoming published, I tracked down Mrs. Crooks to show her just how much she had influenced my life. We have stayed in touch ever since and she has worked from my patterns!
Since then, I have made hundreds of projects and have crocheted just about everywhere. I have been seen crocheting while standing at the bus stop waiting for my kids when they were younger, in cars, on airplanes, and even on my treadmill which I have fitted with a make-shift desk to hold my supplies. Probably the most unusual is crocheting while cutting the grass on my riding lawn mower! That is no easy feat trying to steer the wheel with my knees but there just aren't enough hours in a day to complete all the designs swirling around in my head!
I am passionate about crocheting and cannot imagine a day without a hook in my hand. Well, actually I can. A few years ago, I broke my arm. I was about to go crazy not being able to crochet so I devised a method of holding the hook with my feet and manipulating the yarn with my left hand. I now resort to this method whenever I have overdone it with a crochet marathon and need to give my hands a rest. You do what ya gotta to keep stitching!
I have been designing for about 13 years. My inspiration comes from everything around me and also from within. I can grab a hook and ball of yarn with no particular idea in mind and just create. This is my favorite way to design and normally produces the most unique results.
I am a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America. The guild is an organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of crochet. For more information please visit http://www.crochet.org/
I am originally from Niagara Falls but have lived in North Carolina for the last 14 years. I share my home with my wonderful husband, George and our beautiful, teenage daughters, Chelsea and Shelby.
Unfortunately, my girls have no intrerest in crocheting but it is my hope that this will change in time.
I really love working with Naturally Caron Spa and Country. Country comes in so many amazing colors, offers a beautiful drape and has wonderful stitch definition. The wool blend is the perfect choice for fall sweaters, winter jackets, and afghans. What I love about Spa, in addition to the fantastic drape and the softness, is that all of the colors coordinate. I can close my eyes and pick any number of skeins from my stash and I know that they will compliment each other! Spa is a great choice for warm weather wearables, baby items, even airy, Spring afghans. Both yarns are a joy to work with and produce amazing results.