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Hooking With … Becca of Mayhem and Majesty

Hooking With … Becca of Mayhem and Majesty

In this edition of Hooking With … we are finding out more about the very lovely Becca from Mayhem and Majesty! Becca is a designer that I have not had the opportunity to work with … yet. I’m hoping our paths will cross some more 

Hooking With …. Veronika Cromwell

Hooking With …. Veronika Cromwell

Today’s edition of Hooking With features to über talented Veronika Cromwell of Blue Star Crochet. Over the last year I have had the honour and privilege of being in a couple of events with this lady and getting to know her a wee bit through 

Hooking With … Sati Glenn

Hooking With … Sati Glenn

In this edition of Hooking With we are going to meet Sati Glenn from Rows and Roses. She is a designer and a yarn shop owner! Oh my goodness, how fantastic would it be to own your own yarn store?!

Let’s find out more from the woman behind Rows and Roses.

 

Hi Sati! Please introduce yourself …

Hi, I’m Sati Glenn, the owner and artist behind Rows & Roses. I wear many hats, and have been in business since February 2011 crocheting, knitting, spinning yarn, dyeing yarn, weaving, writing patterns, teaching classes, and I just recently opened up Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber, a yarn shop in downtown Seneca, SC.

I’m published with WeCrochet, Interweave Crochet, Expression Fiber Arts, and have a Knotions eBook coming out in October 2021.

I started learning to crochet when my youngest child, Rose, was in diapers. We were cloth diapering and I wanted to make her woolies to go over her diapers. I was so excited about my new hobby that I posted pictures of my finished items on facebook. I just wanted to share with friends and family, and wasn’t intending to start a business.

My pictures blew up! Before I knew it, I had so many requests for commissions that I had to start a business page to keep them all straight. My eldest son, Kory, came up with the name: Rows as in rows of crochet, and Roses because that’s the name of my daughter who got it all started. I always tell people that I tripped and fell into this business, and it sure has been a while ride.

When did you start designing?

I started designing crochet patterns a few years after I learned to crochet. I found out that often I would have “the perfect idea” and just could not find a pattern that worked. So I started designing things. My first few never even got written out, as I was just stitching as I went.

Do you have a blog? If so, when did you start that up?

I do! I started my first blog pretty soon after starting the business page, but after a few post, I fell away from it. I picked blogging back up again just a couple of years ago when I created my website. I enjoy it much more now. It’s here: www.rowsandroses.com/happenings

What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

Plan? Am I supposed to have one of those?

Trivet in Bloom

How have your designs and designing process evolved?

Well for one, I keep notes now and actually write out what I’m doing. For another, I used to only write patterns in one size: my size or Rose’s size, or whoever I was making the item for.

I thought this was just an easy way of getting patterns put out there for anyone wanting to use them. I’ve since become much more conscious of different sizes and body types, and how important it is to try to include all people, so I grade my patterns now. It’s not easy, and my grading isn’t always perfect, but I’m learning and I’m trying!

What designs do you specialize in?

I write all types of crochet patterns, but I guess “drop & swap” is kinda becoming a specialty of mine. There is magic in using three different balls of yarn in one project, and just basically letting them do the fancy work for you.

Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use or do you always try to do new ones?

I love to do everything! I’ve just recently found myself on fire for mosaic crochet, and I intend to start writing patterns there. I’m also rekindling my love for Tunisian crochet, and while I haven’t written any Tunisian patterns yet, I have some ideas….

When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have or do you find yarn to fit the idea?

Everything I do starts with the yarn. I have tons of books, magazines, and patterns in my Ravelry library, but they’re only there so that once I find a yarn I can’t live without (which is often,) hopefully one of the patterns will work!

Carnival Glass

Are there any patterns not your own that you just love?

So many! Spiderdream by Alina Dalichau is one. Desperately Seeking Shallow SC Crescent by Min G. Is another.

Who/what inspired you?

Everything inspires me: nature, my kids, birds…. But mostly yarn. It almost always comes down, in the end, to the yarn I’m playing with.

Of your patterns, which is your favorite and why?

Hmmm… probably Kindred Spirit. It’s different, and not what I set out to do with that yarn. It surprised me. Sometimes the yarn talks. When it does, I listen.

Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?

I keep saying I’m going to learn hairpin lace. Maybe this year will finally be my year.

What are your biggest crochet challenges and how do you plan on overcoming that?

Time. I do a lot besides crochet: homeschool my kids, run my yarn shop, and I am a canvas for my husband who is a tattoo artist. I never feel like I have enough time for crochet even though I do quite a lot of it!

Have you ever lost your crojo and how did you overcome that?

Nope

Heartbeat

What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

Practice, practice, and practice. Sounds cliche, yeah? It’s not. There is so much sense here. Tension problems? Practice. Trouble following patterns? Practice. Reading charts is kinda difficult? Practice. Can’t figure out with your Tunisian, or broomstick lace, or pineapples don’t look quite right? Practice.

Just for you, a gift from Sati Glenn….

FOR SUNFLOWER COTTAGE CROCHET READERS, from now through the end of April, take 20% off all patterns in my Ravelry shop with code SFC here.

Also, there are lots of free patterns on my blog 🙂

 

If you missed the last edition of Hooking With you can meet the fabulously talented Ashley Parker from The Loopy Lamb here.

Hooking With …. Ashley Parker (The Loopy Lamb)

Hooking With …. Ashley Parker (The Loopy Lamb)

Today in Hooking With … we are meeting Ashley Market from The Loopy Lamb. Ashley has a lot of different types of patterns on her site – some of her ami patterns are gorgeous!.   Shall we dive straight into the interview? Hi! My name 

Hooking With – Emma Wilkinson

Hooking With – Emma Wilkinson

In this edition of Hooking With … we meet Emma Wilkinson. I first met Emma through a business coach and she often jokes that we are cousins because we have the same surname. Emma is such a lovely, vibrant personality and I know a lot 

Hooking With …. Sadie Sheppard of Osage County Crochet

Hooking With …. Sadie Sheppard of Osage County Crochet

Sadie is the lady behind Osage County Crochet and has a fun and quirky personality. I have been following her for quite a while and have been a member of her community group for way longer than I have been designing. I am THRILLED that she is part of our Hooking With feature!

Let’s meet the lady!

My name is Sadie and I am the designer behind Osage County Crochet. I am a crochet enthusiast! As well as a full-time wife, mother, and homemaker. I recently began the full-time endeavor of homeschooling my two children. I’m a proud supporter of the Autistic Self Advocacy on behalf of my five-year-old autistic son!

For as long as I can remember I have always been crafty and had a love of creative writing. I learned to crochet when I was a little girl, but it was not until I had my kiddos that I discovered my hidden talent for crochet pattern design! My son was diagnosed with autism and is extremely nonverbal. In the beginning there were times I could not get the dishes, laundry, or well basically anything done! It was a learning curve for all of us!

I did however discover that even on the worst of days when my son and I were cuddled on the floor crying that I could still manage to crochet. I may not have been able to get the washing done but I was able to hold him, love him, and let him sit in my lap while I designed a hat! That was an extremely pivotal moment in my life! It taught me that I still had self-worth, purpose and could pursue my own interests while still being the best advocate I could be for my children.

 

 

When did you start designing?

I have been crocheting for about 20 years, but I started designing 4 years ago.

Do you have a blog?  If so, when did you start that up?

I design paid as well as free patterns. All of my free patterns go up on my blog! I started blogging 2 years ago. www.osagecountycrochet.com/blog

What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

My second passion was writing so it was a natural fit that I should start a blog. I wanted to be able to feature other designers, review yarn, and publish all my free patterns in one convenient place!

How have your designs and designing process evolved?

I started out designing hats. I moved onto designing amigurumi and amigurumi ragdolls. In 2020 I dipped my toes into the world of giant crochet. I designed a 4 ft tall pumpkin and a 5 ft tall garden gnome!

What designs do you specialize in?

Definitely amigurumi!

 

 

Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use or do you always try to do new ones?

Most of my amigurumi is made using single crochet. I love a good bobble stitch though!

When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have or do you find yarn to fit the idea?

The design concept always comes first for me! Yarn and supplies come second. I like designing things on a budget so that my customers don’t have to break the bank on supplies!

When did you start crocheting?

When I was 8 years old.

What made you decide to become a designer?

My kiddos inspired me. It all started with designing things for them. They are so creative. It was my youngest who challenged me to design my giant garden gnome.

Are there any patterns not your own that you just love?

There are so many amazing designers in the fiber community! Spin a Yarn Crochet recently published an adorable Gingerbread Boy! I also love Oliva Laws Art! She designs some really creative things!

 

 

Who/what inspired you?  Does this still inspire you?  Why?

My kids inspire a lot of my design ideas, but my husband inspires me to go bigger and never give up! He sees the good in me even when I struggle to!

Of your patterns, which is your favorite and why?

I love everything that I create but my Mermaid Tail Cross Body Purse was a fun pattern to design.

 

Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?

I am happy with my current knowledge and skill set but there is always room to learn!

What are your biggest crochet challenges and how do you plan on overcoming that?

We bought a house this year, so my blog hit the back burner! I plan to get organized a release a lot of free patterns over on my blog.

Have you ever lost your crojo and how did you overcome that?

I am agoraphobic and was recently diagnosed with autism, so I have my down days. You can’t force a good mood to manifest. Sometimes you just need to take the day off!

What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

1. You are amazing!

2. Don’t give up!

3. Community over competition!

 

Sadie has a free pattern over on Ravelry for you to try! Check out the pop tart purse! (Click the photo)

 

You can find Sadie and Osage County Crochet in the following places:

Blog: www.osagecountycrochet.com/blog/

Fb: www.facebook.com/osagecountycrochet/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/osagecountycrochet/

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@osage_county_crochet/

Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/osage-county-crochet/

 

If you missed the last edition of Hooking With you can find it here.

 

Hooking With: Fay from Stitch By Fay

Hooking With: Fay from Stitch By Fay

Hooking With Fay from Stitch by Fay Welcome back to Hooking With–today, we interviewed Fay from Stitch by Fay.  I must say that I like that she does something different than we do, which is Amigurumi!  Read on to find out more… Introduction Hi! I’m 

Hooking With… Shannon of The Loophole Fox

Hooking With… Shannon of The Loophole Fox

I am so thrilled to be sharing today’s interview with you guys! In today’s Hooking With meet Shannon, a designer that I have met through some events we have been part of and are in the same designers group on IG. She is such a 

Hooking With …. Joey Baird

Hooking With …. Joey Baird

Today in our Hooking With feature I am thrilled to be introducing you to Joey Baird of Jo’s Crafty Hook! Joey and I have ‘known’ each other for a couple of years (as much as you can ‘know’ anyone over the internet!) and have tested each others patterns on occasion. She is a lady with a big heart. You may recognise her if you are part of our Community group on Facebook as she is also a member there. Jo has also contributed patterns in several events, including our first Preemie Crochet Challenge in August!

Let’s find out more about her!

My name is Joey (Jo) Lea Baird and I live in a small town in NE Ohio.  I am happily married and have a grown son and daughter.  My family always came first for me and when my kids were adults I went through the ‘empty nest syndrome’ for years.  I didn’t have any idea on how to fill my time.  But 4 years later, in 2016, I picked up my LOVE of crochet to fill my empty nest and haven’t turned back since.  That’s when Jo’s Crafty Hook was created.

 

 

For years my family, especially my daughter, who was my guinea pig for the new things I wanted to try kept telling me I should open an Etsy Shop.  So for 2 years, 2016-2018 I crocheted enough items to fill up a shop.  In January of 2018 I opened an Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook

When did you start designing?

I started designing in May of 2018.

Do you have a blog? If so when did that start?

Yes I have a blog.  I started my blog in May of 2018.  But it wasn’t until 2019 that I really found my niche.

 

What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

My initial plan with my blog was to share my story about my struggles with Scoliosis and to share my love of crochet.  My crochet designs didn’t really come into the picture until I decided I didn’t want to share sob stories about my life with Scoliosis.

How have your designs and designing process evolved?

My designs started out being Hats and Scarves.  I still design those but not as frequently.  My designing evolved after I started testing women’s garments.  I fell in LOVE with creating something beautiful for others to wear with simple stitches and string.  My sister, who supported me from the beginning, once sent me a GIF telling me I practiced witchcraft.  lol

What designs do you specialize in?

The designs I now specialize in are womens’ garments.  Tops, Sweaters, Ponchos, Shawls, etc.

 

 

Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use or do you always try to do new ones?

Oh Boy!  My favorite stitches change about every couple of months.  When testing patterns for other designers, if I learn a new stitch my mind fills with SO many ideas.  When I learned the N Stitch while testing for you I designed the N’ybody Beanie , the Nellie Summer Tee and the Nellie Poncho.

Right now my favorites stitches are the Argyle Shell Stitch and the Wrapped Double Crochet.  I have designed about 5 or 6 designs this year using the Argyle Shell Stitch.  I am currently designing 2 pocket shawls using both the Wrapped Double Crochet and the Argyle Shell Stitch.  I am hoping to release an eBook at the end of the year with all of my Argyle Shell Stitch designs.

When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have or do you find yarn to fit the idea?

When I come up with an idea I find the yarn to fit the idea.  Like my Diamonds Summer Tee, I came up with the idea and bought a lightweight yarn to use.  With it being summer time I didn’t want to use worsted weight, I wanted something that women could wear with out the tee weighing them down.

When did you start crocheting?

I started crocheting when I was a child but it was only the basics.  I could only crochet the chain and single crochet.  I had some REALLY long chains.  lol

It wasn’t until both of my children were in school that I started making a real effort to learn how to crochet.  My mom would come over every week for over a year and sit with me and teach me how to crochet and follow a pattern.

What made you decide to become a designer?

In 2018 with my Etsy Shop opening I would advertise the designs that others had published.  When a friend asked me to customize a sweater for her it set off a spark inside me.  I wanted to be able to create something of my own.

 

 

Are there any patterns not your own that you just love?

There are SO many patterns by other designers that I love!  I LOVE the pattern you just released on your website, the Mermaid Dreams Cowl!  I really loved how the different colors made the design pop.  I also love ChristaCoDesigns’ patterns and Rachy Newin’s shawls.

 

Who/what inspired you?  Does this still inspire you?  Why?

My Gram is the one who inspired me.  She passed away a few years ago.  She inspired me by creating beautiful dolls, afghans, and home decor items.  She was never afraid to try something new.  That is what really inspired me.  I LOVE trying new things.  I LOVE the challenge it brings into my life because it then causes a deep desire for me to try and design something similar or new.

Of your patterns, which is your favorite and why?

Out of all my patterns my Tulip Sweater Vest is my favorite.  The vest was my very first pattern I designed.  At that time I was SO in love with the Tulip Stitch that I had so many different ideas running through my head.  I do look back through my first patterns from time to time and I see the changes from where I was then to where I am today.

Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?

There are so many amazing stitches and techniques out there that catch my eye, but I really want to learn how to design my own triangle shawl.  I see so many of them and all the different stitches people use to create them and I get SO jealous because I have no idea how to begin or what stitches to use.

 

What are your biggest crochet challenges and how do you plan on overcoming that?

My biggest crochet challenges are adding bundles and eBooks with my designs to Ravelry, LoveCraft, and Etsy.  I plan on overcoming this by trial and error mostly.  lol  I just have to sit myself down, without any distractions and research how to create them.  Once things slow down after the new year, 2021 that is one of my main goals.

 

Have you ever lost your crojo and how did you overcome that?

Yes, there have been a couple of times that I have lost my crojo.  I lost it and I had NO idea why I was feeling so distant from crocheting.  I just put everything aside, I didn’t test for any other designers and I just tried to forget about anything that had to do with crochet.  Then one day I asked myself why would I forbid myself to do something that made me happy and content?  I overcame it by focusing on only what I got out of crocheting.  I didn’t compare my designs to others, I didn’t say theirs is way better than mine, I just picked it back up to make myself happy.

 

 

What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

Three tips that I can offer to other crocheters….

  • Don’t be afraid to try new things
  • Don’t compare yourself or your work to others
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

As crocheters we see so many beautiful and wonderful things that people crochet or design.  We tell ourselves “I can’t make that!”  “There is no way I can do that!”  Everyone has had to start somewhere.  Even designers who have a lot of patterns make mistakes.  You just have to keep putting yourself out there and go at your own pace.  Crochet has SO many wonderful benefits.  Enjoy yourself while you do it.

 

Try her patterns!

Joey has provided the link to her free Nellie’s Poncho pattern here.

You can also find other free patterns she has available on her blog here.

Hooking With: Country Willow Designs

Hooking With: Country Willow Designs

Hooking With: Sheri Ann of Country Willow Designs Welcome back to Hooking With; this week, we interviewed Sheri Ann of Country Willow Designs.  Read on to learn all about Country Willow Designs and be sure to read all the way to the bottom–a lot of