Over 20 years!!!
How did you learn to crochet?
My Grandma used to make lapghans for the Veteran's Hospital and I learned that way with her.
What’s something you wish you had known when you’d first started crocheting?
Not to be afraid of patterns with more than 4 rows! ha!
Color, creative outlet, wearing something I made, and on and on
Is there a certain type of pattern you love to design the most? Why?
I usually gravitate towards clothing because I love being able to wear or clothe my loved ones in something I made with my hands.
I can never sit down and *try* to think of something to make. It just doesn't work. I would be a horrible "on demand" designer. It just has to come out of nowhere and hit me in the face like a ton of bricks, then tap my shoulder over and over until I sit down and make it happen.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of designing?
Trying to create innovative patterns, stitching, and construction, while still allowing what is needed to offer a range of sizes.
My two favorites are my ET costume which inspired my Blank Canvas Onesie and my Serged Dream Coat. They by far are what I love the most.
I always get asked how can I improve my skills. The number one way I improve my skills is to work the patterns of other designer's who inspire me. After doing something like Sophie's Universe, my brain literally opened to a whole new way stitches could go together. Do patterns that challenge you!