My Mission Is To Make It Easier For Beginners
I have heard it a thousand times. I know how to crochet (or knit) , but I don't know how to read a pattern.
When I began writing patterns in 2007, I tried to write them for the beginner who had difficulty reading crochet and knitting shorthand. My customers loved the patterns, because they could understand them and they could make a dog sweater that fit their own dog. Occasionally I would find someone who would say it wasn't a pattern at all, because it didn't have the shorthand terms. But for the most part, people loved them and I got great feedback.
Sometimes I went looking for a pattern for something special to make and when I couldn't find what I wanted, I wrote my own pattern.
I sold my first patterns on Ebay, but as soon as I heard about Etsy, I switched. I now sell exclusively on the Internet, on Etsy and Amazon.com for Kindle.
Now it's not just about dog sweaters, but also hats, slippers, jewelry, decoupage, and beads.
I read a 2014 article on CNN Internet News about crafting that confirmed something that I have pretty much always known. Crafting is great therapy. It alleviates depression and anxiety disorders, helps control chronic pain, and is a form of meditation itself. The repetition becomes a kind of mantra, and it helps slow down a racing mind and can give you a feeling of peace and tranquility. When I knit or crochet, I feel connected to all the women before me who used their hands to create warm things and things of beauty for their loved ones. I have arthritis in my hands, and they feel better when they are busy.
I love tatting as much as the crochet and knitting, if not more! I learn from the techniques of others and write my own original tatting patterns. Recently I have started hand dyeing thread to use and to sell. Fascinating!
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