Crochet is something I learned in my childhood from my mom. She didn’t teach me, I just saw what she was doing and started to copy her. It wasn’t something that I liked or wanted to do, but it was just fascinating.
My willingness to design crochet clothes didn’t come from my love of crochet. Crochet was the bridge. I was always fascinated by the idea of making clothes for myself. I used my mom’s old clothes in my childhood and made different things to wear for myself. Once I knew how to use a sewing machine I started sewing clothes because I never imagined that you could do so many things with crochet.
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Let's "Get Squared" With Jenny King!
In a previous In the World of Crochet article, I said that one of the many advantages of attending yarn shows such as Chain Link or sheep and wool festivals is meeting the dynamic people of yarn companies. Let me broaden that remark to include the great designers who create the patterns you love to make.