Lovers of Yarn, Welcome!
Why I Design and Why I Blog About It
When I introduce myself as a Crochet Designer, I am usually met with, “Wow. How did you get into that?”
I usually reply, “I used to pray that I would someday become a published author. I just wasn’t specific to God about what I wanted to publish, so He gave me yarn.”
The designing part was easy. I made stuffed toys for my boys that they loved and that I loved to make. I had dabbled in freelancing as a writer in college with very little success, but I knew the basics of submission calls, so I started sending out patterns to magazines.
The Dragonling was first published in Happily Hooked Magazine in 2015, and Oscar the Octopus followed that same year in Crochet! Magazine. I was a published author.
I joined craft fairs, art expos, and wrote freelance patterns full time. I was (and still am) determined to make a go at a career as an artist. For two years, my learning curve was straight up.
So many craft business fail because of burnout. As the saying goes, “Once you get paid to do what you love, you no longer love it.” I LOVE yarn, and I was not going to let my crochet addiction fade away because it was now my job. I have had to get creative with my methods to keep this “work” from being a four letter word.
I found myself helping others who were starting out in the craft business and sharing my failures so others could skip over them and succeed. The blog was a way to keep it all organized. My lessons as an artist, designer, and writer need to be shared so that others can join in this awesome, amazing journey.
I do what I love for a job. I want others to have that too.
So here I am, blogging my heart out and sharing all my ups and downs so that you can see what works and what doesn’t. I’m sharing both my love for all things yarn-related and my love for this business.
We all deserve to do something we love — but getting there requires perspective, and I hopefully I can provide it.
I am a recurring contributor in Crochet! Magazine, Crochet World, Happily Hooked and the Pattern Pack Pro, I Like Crochet, Annie’s special issues, Knotions, and Interweave Crochet. Watch for me on shelves at your local craft store, and follow the blog for first looks at new issues!
I live in Greeley, Colorado with her husband and two sons. I believe in the powers of God, laughter, coffee, and the Oxford Comma.
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