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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…

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 the designers provide a freebie pattern or a coupon code for patterns!

Introduction

Hi, my name is Sheri Ann, I am the owner of Country Willow Designs. I have been crocheting for about 7 years. My father taught me when I was 14, but as a 14 year old it didn’t stick with me.  Designing started for me after my return from crochet in 2014. I love designing and sharing my pattern for free so everyone can enjoy crocheting! I am a mother of 2 daughters, who enjoy crafting as much as I do.

When did you start designing?

I started designing a year after I started crocheting full time.

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

Yes I have a blog. I started my blog shortly after I started designing.

What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

I was looking for something to fill my time with. I was a stay at home mom to 4 step children.

How have your designs and designing process evolved?

I know longer fear designing and using different stitches.

What designs do you specialize in?

Hats and Scarves, but I have many other things.

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

I try to always use new stitches. My favorite overall has got to be cables.

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

I definitely find the yarn to fit the idea.

When did you start crocheting?

2013

What made you decide to become a designer?

To be honest, I tried several times to follow a pattern, but would always go and do something different anyways.

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

Anything from Kirsten Omdhal

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

Theresa Richardson inspired me at the beginning then Oombawka Designs

Of your patterns, which is your favorite and why?

Hmmmm…. The Milan Summer Wrap or the Rouge Infinity Scarf. I love mirrored scarves and both of these have that feature.

Milan Summer Wrap - Free Crochet Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern - Rouge Infinity Scarf Country Willow Designs

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

I do want to learn more cable techniques.

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

Getting more patterns designed and having the seo on my website all fixed. I will work even harder.

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

I lost my mother and became depressed. Talking with a therapist helped. Then in 2019, I battled a severe depression and that was not as easy to come back from.

What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

Don’t fear trying new thing. Patience is a virtue. Learn to read the patterns. Don’t rely on YouTube. There are many older patterns that are beautiful out there.

Freebies!

Included are pictures (above) of free patterns on the Country Willow Designs blog page–click on the pictures to be taken to the patterns!

Thank you for answering our questions, Sheri Ann!

In Case You Missed It…

Last time, we interviewed De Lune Fiber Art.

Also, remember that as of this post (10/27/2020), we’re still doing a BIG GIVEAWAY on YouTube!  Check out the video here:  Also, be sure to follow the instructions for the giveaway–this is very important!  GOOD LUCK!

 

Hooking With …. Allison Bostrom

Hooking With …. Allison Bostrom

In this edition of Hooking With we are meeting Allison Bostrom from Clair De Lune Fiber Art. I have gotten to know Allison a little bit over recent months. We ‘met’ while participating in some of the events over the summer. She is a gorgeous…

Hooking With: Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet

Hooking With: Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet

Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet This week we interviewed Krissy with Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet.  Get ready to meet this lovely lady… Introduction Hi, I am a mother of 5 and grandmother of 4. I live in a very country setting between two mountains…

Hooking With: Christine Longe of Lakeview Cottage Kids

Hooking With: Christine Longe of Lakeview Cottage Kids

Hooking With Lakeview Cottage Kids

Welcome back to Hooking with!  This week, we interviewed Christine Longe of Lakeview Cottage Kids.  She has some great things to say!

Introduction

My name is Christine Longe and I am the owner and designer/maker at “Lakeview Cottage Kids”. I have had my business since 2011 and I design and create “Cute and Cozy Items for Kids and Those Who Love Them”! The name of my business came about because we live on a beautiful lake in Wisconsin, we have named our home “Lakeview Cottage” and our grandsons have come to be known as the “Lakeview Cottage Kids”. Thus, my shop became “Lakeview Cottage Kids”, too!

A Little More…

My specialty is in items primarily for babies and children but also create lovely accessories for other members of the family.  I love designing and making hats and blankets for babies, hats and scarves for children, hats, scarves, cowls and shawls for women, and scarves and hats for men.  My focus is primarily on crochet but also have knitted items. I design patterns, teach crochet and knitting techniques online, in YouTube videos, and in person through courses at local
universities and community groups. I also sell items at local craft markets.

My blog  is www.lakeviewcottagekids.com, an Etsy Shop – Lakeview Cottage Kids, a YouTube channel where you will find all kinds of Stitch and Technique Tutorials, a Facebook page, a Facebook Group and an Instagram account. I have been crocheting ever since I was a teenager but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I thought I would become a business.

I love the creative world of fiber arts, particularly that of crochet and knit and I love teaching others about all of it. My lifelong career has been that of teaching. I was a Family and Consumer Education teacher for 33 years before retiring from that in 2009. So, creating lovely crochet and knit items and teaching others about the art of making them, has come very easily to me. And, I totally enjoy all aspects of my crochet business!!

When did you start designing?

I started designing patterns about 8 years ago. I featured them on my blog (still do).

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

Yes. It can be found at www.lakeviewcottagekids.com I started it around 2012.

What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

My plan was to share my designs and give people a look into my life as a designer/gardener at my lake home. And, to introduce them to finished items in my Etsy Shop.

How have your designs and designing process evolved?

I guess I would say that I started out creating patterns that are for the beginning/advanced crocheter. I continue to do that and have really begun to focus on the teaching side of crochet now.

 What designs do you specialize in?

The designs I have are mainly hats, blankets and accessories like cowls.

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

I like to try new stitches in my designs. It keeps things interesting and there are so many lovely individual stitches and when you combine them, projects are even more interesting! I often think, “So many stitches and yarn, so little time!”

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

I think I get my inspiration from beautiful yarns! I will see the yarn online or in a store and just have to have it. Then the design just kind of starts to take shape. I do have to say that I have much more yarn than inspiration but it all eventually works out. I do have a gorgeous, and very extensive, yarn stash!!

When did you start crocheting?

My story is much like many others. I started as a young teenager. My mom and grandma were quite prolific and accomplished crocheters and knitters. So as I saw them creating such beautiful, and useful, items for everyone in the family, I wanted to learn how to do that, too!

What made you decide to become a designer?

I wanted to try designing because I saw so many people online making and designing such lovely items. So, I thought to myself that I would like to try that, too. And so I did!!

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

I love so many designers and their work! A few of my favorite crochet designers/blogs are:
Heidi at The Velvet Acorn
Sarah at RepeatCrafterMe
Tamara at MooglyBlog
Christine at SweetPotato3
Michelle at TwoBrothersBlankets
Pam at Crochetpreneur

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

The women I have just mentioned above really inspire and motivate me to work hard, create and design. I am also inspired by just browsing through Etsy and magazines. For color combinations and ideas, I love to walk through my garden to see how nature goes about creating fabulous and interesting color combinations.

Of your patterns, which is your favorite and why?

My favorite is an easy baby afghan pattern that I feature on my blog and in my shop. It is easy and works up beautifully in almost any yarn, but I especially like it in a Bernat Softee Yarn in a color combination called, Baby Baby!

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

Oh, definitely! Not just one, but as many as I can try!!

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

My biggest crochet challenge is to stay focused on one project to completion!! I don’t know if any one else has had to conquer this, but I start a project and then think of or see another one, and another one, etc. that I want to work on. It get’s a little crazy because I just want to try so many different things!! Oh, well. Keeps my life very interesting and full!! 🙂

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

No, not really. I sometimes have so many other things going on in my life, that I have to set my crochet projects aside for a bit, but I don’t think I ever lose my crojo.

What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

Never stop learning!
Always be open to trying something new!
Don’t be afraid to ask others for their help!

Try Christine’s Free Pattern!

Turkey Earflap

Turkey Ear Flap: sizes for the whole family!

In Case You Missed it…

Last time on Hooking With, we interviewed Ambassador Crochet.  Check out that post by clicking here.

Hooking With Ambassador Crochet

Hooking With Ambassador Crochet

Hooking With: Kristine Mullen of Ambassador Crochet This week, we interviewed Kristine Mullen of Ambassador Crochet.  Sorry it’s a little late…it IS 2020 afterall… Introduction Hi! I’m Kristine Mullen, designer and technical editor at Ambassador Crochet. I love designing patterns that are perfect for gift…

Hooking With: High Desert Yarn

Hooking With: High Desert Yarn

Hooking With: High Desert Yarn This week, we interviewed Joanna Robinson of High Desert Yarn.  I have seen a lot of pretty Instagram pictures of hers and actually started following her before Sunflower Cottage Crochet was a “thing”.  Read on! Introduction My name is Joanna…

Hooking With: Crystal of ChristaCo Design

Hooking With: Crystal of ChristaCo Design

Hooking With: Crystal Marin of ChristaCo Design

Welcome back to Hooking With!  This week, we interviewed Crystal of ChristaCo Design.  I (Sara) have my own experience with this lovely lady.  I had tested a couple of her patterns before I became a designer and I just loved them!

Introduction:

Hi I’m Crystal, the designer and blogger at ChristaCoDesign.com  I enjoy creating crochet and knit patterns that are simple to make and easy to love. I share free patterns on my blog. The affordable, ad-free pdf versions are available in my Etsy, Ravelry + LoveCrafts shops. I often include photo + video tutorials, so I also have a YouTube channel.

When did you start desiging?

I started designing in 2017.

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

I also started my blog in 2017.

What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

My initial plan was for more of a craft blog to include sewing and kids crafts. As I got into it, I realized my crochet patterns did best, so I began to focus more on those.

How have your designs and your design process evolved?

At first I would just make what I wanted for baby showers, or gifts for family and friends. Over time, I’ve learned what types of patterns do better, developed my style, and learned a lot about what it takes to design a pattern. I’ve also since learned to knit and have added beginner knitting patterns to my blog.

What designs do you specialize in?

I design a little of everything: accessories, blankets, cardigans. But I love designing garments.

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

I actually prefer the basic stitches. I like combining stitches that are eye-catching or create texture, but don’t require the crocheter to learn a complicated stitch technique. There is beauty in simplicity.

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

I have yarn sitting on my shelf that I know exactly what I want to make with it, I just need to find the time to do it. I also might decide on a project first-say a coaster for summer crocheting. I will then choose the yarn based on the features I want in that project.

When did you start crocheting?

I first learned to crochet about 8 years ago now. Like many people I was pregnant with my 2nd son and made a little wobbly yellow (we didn’t know the gender) baby blanket.

The Bobble Cocoon Shrug for kids

 

What made you decide to become a designer?

I stopped teaching to stay home with our four kids. Once my youngest was a year old I started to think about what type of work I could do part time while at home. By this time I had been crocheting and sewing for 5 years and was really in love with creating.

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

I adore all of Sarah’s patterns at Repeat Crafter Me. I used to make all the cute hats for my kids. I bought her C2C book and made a raccoon blanket with that square.

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

I’m inspired by all the other crochet bloggers out there. There are too many to name, but I love the supportive community you can build and the constant creativity.

Of your patterns, which is your favorite, and why?

My favorite so far is my most recent cardigan pattern, the Sera Cardigan. I love how simple the design is, but lovely. I love that the only seams are at the shoulders. It’s also the best fitting design I’ve created.

The Sera Cardigan

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

I still have plenty to learn as far as crochet techniques. I need to learn the crochet i-cord, I just haven’t done it yet.

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

I suffer from repetitive strain injury. For the last year and a half I have been dealing with pain in my arms-wrists, elbows. I have a whole stretching regimen that I have to maintain to be mostly pain free. So I’m constantly managing how much computer work, crocheting and everyday tasks can I juggle without hurting myself. It’s a balance.

 

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

Usually I just take a break, and I think that’s ok. My body usually forces me to anyway. But starting a new project is always fun. Sometimes just looking at a crocheted piece gives me the urge to have the hook in my hand, to stop what I’m doing and grab my yarn.

Mila Shawl by Christaco Designs

What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

1. Practice. even if it’s just 10 mins on a blanket a day.

2. Maintain good posture/stretch/take breaks-see “biggest crochet challenges”.

3. Don’t be afraid to frog it. Take a break, come back to it and if you’re still not happy, frog it.

 

Links

Crystal has provided a link to her Sera Cardigan, here.  Check out her other patterns while you’re there!

Thank you Crystal for taking the time to answer all our questions!

In Case You Missed It….

Last time, we interviewed Ashley of Through The Loop Yarn Crafts, be sure to read all about her, here.

Hooking With: Through The Loop Yarn Crafts

Hooking With: Through The Loop Yarn Crafts

Hooking With Ashley Edmonds of Through The Loop Yarn Crafts Welcome back to Hooking With!  This week we interviewed Ashley Edmonds of Trough the Loop Yarn Crafts: Introduction: Hello! I’m Ashley Edmonds the creator and yarn artist at Through The Loop Yarn Craft. My life…