ACrafty Interview with Pam Harris

Welcome to today’s ACrafty Interview with Pam Harris – multicrafter extrordinare!

Afternoon Tea and Craft on the PatioWhen did you start crafting? PH: I was about 6 years old and I learned to make little Zozobra’s by tying a Kleenex around a cotton ball and sticking on two little eyes. My Mom and I made them as part of a fund raising project for her club during Fiesta de Santa Fe. Most “craft skills” I learned were “useful” – sewing, embroidery, knitting; however, I do recall making little rolled paper beads with my Great Grandmother. I come from a long line of practical women so anything I made or learned to make (even when very young) had to have lasting value. I have pretty much carried that ethic forward throughout my crafty life.

What crafts have you tried and what is your current favorite? PH: You do know I am an incurable dabbler – right?

Knitted/felted snowman.  Pattern from Marie Mayhew Designs.Knitting, crochet, punched tin, polymer clay, beading, wire and beads, quilting, wheat weaving, shaved wood, wet felting, needle felting, weaving, embroidery, temari, soft toys, gourds, English paper piecing, sewing garments and household goods, spinning, decoupage, bread dough sculpture, macrame, paper, hand building and throwing pottery on a wheel….

Current favorite? Besides any craft having to do with Christmas and Winter Holidays you mean? Mostly working with fiber – any and all of the fiber crafts – what I find myself doing most of the time. I like combining techniques – so that several fiber crafts are included in a project

Celebrating St. Lucy Day - St. Lucy, Star Boy, Scandi-gnome and TomteWhat is the biggest project you’ve ever tackled? PH: It is a toss-up between Austrian shades for Diane’s bedroom when she was a girl, re-upholstering a sofa, and a 4 foot by 6 foot embroidery which took forever! I think I have gotten the need for big projects out of the way!!! Now I relish smaller projects and except for knitting and crochet, and I pretty much prefer to use my own designs.

 

First pair of socks!What project are you most proud of? PH: Learning to knit socks!!

Learning to knit socks was a looooong, fiercely fought battle between the part of me who wanted, like everything, to learn to knit socks and the side of me that is intimidated by anything that is not fairly easy to learn the first time. To give you a clue, just casting on required repeated views of “cast on videos!” Can you imagine what I went through learning short rows or picking up gussets? Many “near-tear moments” I’ll admit! (And a bonus – while knitting the first sock, I became an expert at unraveling my work!!!)

I had no one i could turn to for help so I had to rely on the internet. It is a hugely valuable resource for learning to knit or crochet or sew or….. Coming from a time when such a resource did not exist, I totally appreciate how much the easy access to knowledge adds to the quality of and opportunities to learn in our lives.

So, while the socks I have knitted provide welcome and beautiful footwear, they are much more – a constant reminder of the role persistence and unwillingness to give up plays in the process of learning a new skill.

Using Mod Podge to mount fall leaves to small canvasesWhat is the silliest question you’ve received regarding your work? PH: I can’t actually think of a single silly question. I have been frustrated at times by crafters asking me why their project didn’t turn out only to subsequently find out that they did not follow instructions.

 

Filling up mini muffin cups with tiny hexiesWhat is the most common question you receive regarding your work? PH: How do I manage to do as much as I do!!! The answer is that I tend to be very organized and carefully plan my time so that I can accomplish the things I want to accomplish.

 

Fall Leaves, Mod Podge and Mason Jar = Beautiful CandleWhat is your most popular project? PH: Pretty much a three way split between coloring Easter Eggs with Kool-aid, using Mod Podge and food coloring to tint jars to use as lanterns or vases, and using Mod Podge to apply dried fall leaves to jars. While there are several others that drive large amounts of traffic to my blog, these three are by far responsible for the most traffic.

Dutch Canal Houses embroidery to celebrate St. Nicholas Day/SinterclasDo you sketch or plan most of your work before you begin, or do you generally work without a pattern? PH: I use a pattern when and where it is needed – like a quilt or embroidery, knitted piece or a soft toy – however, as often as possible, I like using my own ideas. Some crafts like painting gourds, punching tin, working with shaved wood or beads and wire and while weaving – I tend not to pre-plan but let my muse have her way with me!!

Saori freestyle weaving, Crochet Tooterphant and Winter Solstice Quilt BlockHas a craft or craft project ever challenged you in an unexpected way? PH: I tend to try new things I know nothing about so I often get into trouble – in lots of unexpected ways!!! But I always find a way to make it happen – learn what I need to learn.

 

 

Punched Tin Butterflies massing on my Seasonal TreeHow has crafting affected your character? PH: For me crafting – making – is as necessary as breathing. It is not something I have acquired – something added. It is who I am. It is a natural expression of my predisposition to create. It is how I function on a daily basis. And so, engaging in craft activity brings me joy, fulfillment, satisfaction.

Taking my craft to a blog has brought me in touch with a unique and inspirational group of new friends from all corners of the earth – women (and men) who are authentic, creative, and each brilliant in her/his own way. I am grateful for these connections beyond words. AND I am thrilled that the blog gives me the opportunity to support and share their talents.

Danish Woven Paper Heart BasketsCan you share a story about how your crafting has affected others? PH: Nothing in particular comes to mind. But my heart is made happy hearing from crafters who leave me comments or who write me e-mails and share how much a tutorial I have written has helped them understand the process behind a particular craft.

 

 

 

 

Guess i am going to learn lace knitting!What crafty goodness do you have coming up in the future? Why is it appealing to you? PH: Weaving bags for Diane (daughter – Craftypod) and myself using all hand spun yarns; designing and creating a primstav (more info) using embroidery; learn simple carving so I can carve my own Christmas elves and Santas; knit a Finnish lace poncho from hand spun yarn; and continue testing cookie recipes for the “Winter Holiday Cookies from Around the World” project!
Sweet Pepperkaker addition to winter holiday baking!

 

Many, many thanks to Pam for taking the time from her busy schedule to participate in this interview series! Pam just celebrated her Five Year Blogging Anniversary (a huge accomplishment), and I know she’s got a lot of winter holiday crafty goodness coming up on her blog over the next six weeks. Just look at those cookies above and how elegantly they’re displayed – can you even imagine how beautiful her whole house must look for the holidays? It’s mindboggling!

You can follow Pam’s adventures on her blog Gingerbread Snowflakes, her Flickr photostream (and Flickr sets with picture guides to all her tutorials), and on Instagram (@gingerbreadsnowflakes).

Would you like to be a part of the ACrafty interview series? Just contact me! You might also be interested in reading some more ACrafty Interviews with (Pam’s daughter) multi-crafter Diane from CraftyPodneedlepointer Haruhi Okubo of Cresus-Parpitatter and chainmailler Jeff Hamiltonpotter Nancy Germondbasketweaver Tina Puckettcross stitcher Meredith Cait, the two part interview with textile artist Arlee Barr, and Halloween costume maker Justin Newton.

ACrafty Interview with Meredith Cait

Welcome to today’s ACrafty Interview with Meredith Cait, embroiderer of Hardcore StitchCorps.

When did you start crafting? Did anyone help get you started or did you find your own way? MC: We were always an artistic family in general, but I wouldn’t say I started seriously crafting until I was 17. I’ve pretty much always found my own way with craft. My mom taught me to thread a needle and make a stitch when I was a kid, a friend showed me how to cast on, knit, and purl, and after that I work out the rest for myself. With cross-stitch and free embroidery it was very much on my own. A felted knitting pattern I did involved embroidery, and the book showed you how to do stem stitch. After that I just tried to mimic embroidery I’d seen before. When I found a piece of Aida floating in my craft supplies I decided to give that a go.

What crafts have you tried and what is your current favorite? MC: In high school I did a lot of collage with found objects (I eventually ran out of small, interesting trinkets) and had a stint making earrings. I used to be an extremely prolific knitter, and had a recent period carving linoleum stamps. Embroidery probably is my favorite though, in part for the ease of creativity. You can do SO much with counted and non-counted embroidery. People are also really easily impressed with embroidery!

Unlikely Small AdsWhat is the silliest question you’ve ever received about your craft? MC: Other than “How do you get the back so neat?” I don’t really know that I’ve received any! I don’t talk to many people about my crafts, and never have much opportunity to do it in public. I’m also sort of rubbish at making friends online (especially for someone who grew up using the internet), so I’m still in that “How do I befriend these other crafty folks, oh no I’m sure I’m annoying them, run away” stage.

 photo embr_zps514cdfdd.jpgWhat craft project are you most proud of? MC: It’s a pretty old piece, but I’m so proud of the Mercer Mayer illustration I did on a onesie. I didn’t have any transfer materials back then, so I just looked at the illustration, penciled it on the fabric, and free-handed most of the details. I’m also proud of my Roman mosaic, since it’s the first pattern I made from an image (granting that image was a mosaic…).

 

 

 

 

It Gets BetterWhat’s the largest craft project you’ve ever tackled? MC: I haven’t done much that’s very large. As far as most stitches my Roman mosaic had 12,000. Because I’m disabled and not able to work, I tend to use crafts as my sense of being productive. This makes me focus a little more on the number of pieces I can finish, since that generally lifts my mood when I’m down. I’ve got the most immense pile of finished pieces just sitting around.

What is your most popular (or bestselling) project? MC: Bestselling is definitely my Dalek pattern. It was one of the first in my shop. My most viewed on Flickr is the Robert Frost piece “Never be bullied into silence” with a rainbow border, which makes me quite happy.

 

 

frida photo frida.jpgHas a craft or craft project ever challenged you in an unexpected way? MC: I’m the first to admit that I’m a lazy crafter. Since my focus is generally keeping occupied and finishing things, if something’s hard I often don’t attempt it. I have a piece of non-counted embroidery that’s a portrait of Frida Kahlo. I started it after learning more about her, and feeling like after one of her surgeries she might have developed the same nerve pain disease that I have, given the descriptions. My usual reluctance to tackle more involved stitches or designs was forced to take a backseat because I felt so strongly about working on a Kahlo piece, and had such a strong vision of how it should look. Of course it’s still unfinished, but I’m getting there.

DMC color project finished!How has crafting affected your character? MC: People think that embroidery must require patience, and if I weren’t disabled maybe it would have made me patient, but I do literally have all the time in the world. For me I think it’s helped me calm down or slow down a little. I put on an audiobook, start stitching, and that’s meditation for me and it’s very much a way to help control the pain. I think maybe it’s made me more sharing as well. I want other people to feel the joy of creating their own patterns, even when it means less business for me.

May Cthulhu Devour This House LastCan you share a story about how your crafting has affected others? MC: I have a niece and nephew who live in the same town I do. I mostly give them homemade gifts, and my sister emphasizes it to the kids when something was handmade. When they come to my house they see even more handmade things. The last few times they were here they asked if I’d made pretty much everything they touched. I love that this is their first thought, versus “where did you get/buy this.” Long before kids know how much work goes into something, they do value the handmade, and I’m hoping to start knitting or stitching on canvas with my nephew this winter.

Rice pudding...What is the one question you’ve never been asked about your craft that you’ve always wanted to answer? MC: I suppose it’s maybe WHY I craft. Crafting really has saved my life over and over since I got sick, in a lot of ways. When I had literally no disposable income, opening an Etsy shop meant I could still buy new socks and underwear, afford cleaning supplies and Christmas presents. Having something to keep my hands and brain busy helps cope with the day-to-day tedium and pain. I can’t draw anymore really, and embroidery helps me let out creative energy. Making things lets me feel productive and that’s really important to me.

 photo blackworkquiltfini01.jpgWhat crafty goodness do you have coming up in the future? Why is it appealing to you? MC: I have the start of a series of traditional quilt block designs worked in blackwork going, and I’m hoping to expand on that again soon. I’d love to eventually make a proper quilt out of them. I’ll never be able to become a quilter, as you really do need a lot of sitting up for that (and precision is not my strong suit), so I keep thinking of ways to cheat that. I have plans for a patchwork piece, made of scraps of evenweave fabrics of different counts, colors, and sizes as well.

Thanks so much to Meredith for participating in this ACrafty Interview series! I’ve admired Meredith’s work for a while now through her Flickr Photostream. Her pieces are definitely the kind of pieces I would stitch! She beat me to the punch on the DMC sampler (8th photo down), and I was also inspired by her hilarious “Unlikely Small Ads” (third photo down). That project, based on a segment from the UK TV show “Mock the Week” was one of the reasons I tackled my recently completed “Blazing Saddles” project. I always look forward to seeing what beauty and/or snark she will stitch next!

You can follow Meredith’s adventures on her blog and on her Etsy shop

Would you like to be a part of the ACrafty interview series? Just contact me! You might also be interested in reading some more ACrafty Interviews with multi-crafter Diane from CraftyPodembroiderer Ellen of Schindermania!needlepointer Haruhi Okubo of Cresus-Parpitatter and chainmailler Jeff Hamiltonpotter Nancy Germond, Tina Puckett of Tina’s Baskets, and quilter and pursemaker Linda Martin.

Book Review: Crochet Saved My Life by Kathryn Vercillo

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of finding the CrochetConcupiscence blog. Kathryn’s work on that blog, rounding up the best of crochet from around the web, is to be lauded. Not only does CrochetConcupiscence cover the best in patterns and projects, but also the best in what crochet can do FOR crafters.

Her book, Crochet Saved My Life, is a thorough summary of the benefits of crochet. Through a combination of interviews, article research, and her own personal experience, Kathryn explains the benefits of crochet for mental conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD and addiction, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, for physical conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, restless leg syndrome, and Menière’s disease, and as a tool in occupational therapy.

The book isn’t “light reading,” but Kathryn keeps the writing interesting and direct. The stories around her own experience as well as the two dozen other people she interviewed are presented matter-of-factly – as a way to demonstrate how crochet has benefited their particular situations. And the benefits are many: calmness, focus, relaxation, creativity, productivity, generosity, and increased self-esteem just to name a few.

a crochet hook heartAlthough the book focuses on crochet, as a needlepointer and cross stitcher, I know that I definitely experience the same benefits as Kathryn’s crocheters. Fortunately, I do not suffer from any of mental or physical conditions mentioned in the book, but I still benefit from my craft. Indeed, I tend to think of my needlework as a bit of preventive medicine! I can easily see how many of the same benefits apply toward other crafts – knitting, scrapbooking, woodworking, gardening, pottery, beading, weaving, jewelry making, quilting, just to name a few.

Polymer Clay Crochet Hook HandlesI would recommend this book to anyone dealing with any of the mental or physical conditions listed above either with yourself or with a loved one. I would also go as far as to say that psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, counselors, gerontologists, life coaches, and other professionals in mental and physical health would find this book a very valuable resource in their toolkits.

One final, rather curious, comment about this book. In her chapter on depression, one of the topics Kathryn covers is the sense of touch. She mentions that “a fuzzy pet can be a great comfort,” and that “the feel of working with yarn can be one of those healing touch options” as well. Well, I found the book itself to have a similar beneficial effect! To be specific, the feel of the edge of the book and quickly flipping the pages with my thumb had a very calming effect. In fact, I found myself thumbing the pages almost unconsciously while I was reading. Fascinating!

Visit CrochetConcupiscence for the latest in crochet trends and benefits. And visit CrochetSavedMyLife.com for more about the book and Kathryn’s work.

ACrafty Goodness – Crafty Organization

In today’s ACrafty Goodness I’m diving into some organization ideas that will work for us crafty types.

yarnWe’ll start with Stacey at FreshStitches.com, who wrote this enlightened post about managing “multi-craftual-ness.” She touches on important points about stash and time management, craft-making locations, and recognizing that multi-craftiness means you will have some knowledge about a lot of crafts, rather than mad skillz in just one craft.

Then comes this great stash-busting idea from ButYouCanCallMeMeg. She dug through her fabric stash, put together project bags that have all the instructions and supplies necessary for a project, and then she tackled the projects one by one. She says “You see, my biggest problem has always been actually using my fabric the way I planned to when I bought it. I always end up forgetting about fabric once I file it away in my plastic drawers.” Shoot, I think we’ve all done that – purchased supplies with a project in mind and promptly stashed them away – be it for sewing, woodworking, or any other craft. I believe her idea of project bags is a great way to get focused and productive!

To do [022/365]Claire of The Bellwether collected some very useful to-do lists in this post from March. She provides links for printable to-do lists ranging from very simple to rather elaborate and all of them are fun. They’re suitable for all kinds of organizational styles and minds.

 

 

This post from GetButtonedUp has some nifty ideas on how to display crafts. The article is about kids crafts, but a few of the ideas would definitely work for adult crafts as well. The Ikea shower string idea (about halfway down the page) is attractive and flexible, and the idea from Classy Clutter (near the bottom of the page) I can see being really useful with strips of push-pin depth cork rather than trim.

organize kids artwork by hanging clipboards in a grid on a wallMy favorite idea, however, are these clipboards attached to a wall. It’s simple, inexpensive, and flexible. Not only can you clip papers and fabrics under the clips (without damaging the materials), you could hang things such as jewelry and strings of beads from the top of the clip, and attach nearly anything through the holes at the tops of the clips as well. The boards could be easily painted or covered to match any décor. Love it!

I have more organizational ACrafty Goodness stored up and I’ll be posting that soon. Until then, any of these ideas get you inspired to tackle some crafty organization?

Linky Goodness – Fine Cell Work, Crochet x 2, Quilting, and Scrapbooking

I re-directed this blog less than two weeks ago, and since then I’ve found some extraordinary articles and posts that clearly demonstrate how crafts can make us better people. I realize that I’ve just started to scratch the surface on the topic, and so on a regular basis I will make it a point to share the linky goodness I’ve found on these here interwebs.

Fine Cell Work

fine-cell-work-logoOne of my first inspirations is the amazing program in the U.K. prison system called Fine Cell Work. Prisoners are given training and guidance by volunteers, and they learn job skills and make a bit of extra money by creating some amazing pieces of needlework. Beyond that, their testimonials speak of learning patience, gaining focus and calmness, acquiring a sense of accomplishment and pride, and enjoying the “freedom of creativity.” In a most remarkable story by a man named Andy, he writes that “being able to stitch was a great way to take my mind off what was going on inside my head.”

Crochet Concupiscence

Kathryn Vercillo has a compelling story about how crochet saved her life. Her story is now a published book that also contains the story of two dozen women who crochet to heal. Her blog, Crochet Concupiscence, is a great mix of crochet inspiration, news, fashion, projects, interviews, and more. I’m certain I will feature more posts from her blog in the future. [Note: I’ve purchased her book and it’s being shipped to me as I write this. Stay tuned for a possible review…]

Daintytime

Quilter Sherri Lynn Wood has a very refreshing take “On Being Judged” on her Daintytime blog. Instead of accepting judgment on a piece either by others or by herself, she instead asks herself “…questions as a way to evaluate my work rather than judge it.” Simply brilliant. This is applicable to all areas of our lives, not just our crafts. I think her quilt RGB Modern (shown at right) is beautiful and vibrant (despite the judges comments)!

Geekgirlcrochet

This post by Geekgirlcrochet describes how she uses, among other things, crochet to help her cope with anxiety and OCD issues. She shares her story not to garner sympathy, but instead as a genuine way to explain her situation and to help “…anyone out there who might be suffering in silence and not know how to help themselves or someone they love.”

She says: “Not only is creativity a means to release and express a lot of what you’re going through, it also is a great tool for getting out of your head. Simply making my mind focus on a challenge really redirects a lot of my anxiety.”

Shimelle

Scrapbook page #4My last linky goodness for today, this “Never be afraid to scrapbook yourself” post by Shimelle really resonates with me. I have never felt very photogenic – and she gives the best reasons I have ever encountered to just GET OVER IT. In a nutshell, we need to appreciate where we are and how we look NOW. You’ll just have to read her well-written post – it’s absolutely spot on.

 

Do you know of any inspirational craft blogs or posts that you would like to see in a future edition of linky goodness?

Blog Every Day in May 3 – 9

I’m participating in Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May in a modified way. I say “modified” as some of the topics I’ll combine into one post (like this one). The topics are just peachy, but it would be a struggle for me to make some of the topics interesting on their own. You might ask “what makes me think a combined post will be more interesting?” Good question! Let’s find out.

Day in the Life

Interview Q6To me, every day my husband and family are healthy and happy is a good day. A productive day starts online and ends with a bunch of stitching. I’ve got stitching projects to last me for years, and I’m eager to tackle them all. One thing I will say is that every day I try to do something I really don’t want to do. Be it paying bills or sweeping the floor or trying to streamline the possessions – I try to tackle at least one thing a day. It helps keep my head straight.

Five Fave Blogs

This is kind of tough as I mostly follow twitter feeds and pick and choose the posts that look interesting. However, I’ll throw this list out there:

  • ThisIsColossal – The name is not hyperbole – there’s some jaw-dropping art in the world, and Colossal is likely to find it
  • FastCoDesign – Consistently excellent
  • MrXStitch – U.K. manbroiderer Jamie Chalmers’ blog has opened my eyes to the astounding variety of stitching arts and crafts
  • PostSecret – Raw and unflinching way to empathize and sympathize with humanity
  • Fark – Snarky and funny – check out the 2012 Headlines of the Year winners

Fit and Healthy

On a normal week, I walk about 15 miles, do some time on a stationary bike, and take a 90 minute yoga class. Right now I feel the need to up the exercise and work in a daily 15 minute yoga routine. That’s something I really have to think about as I want to take it seriously and make a permanent part of my daily routine – not just for a couple of weeks.

lotus mudraI have to think that the yoga is good for crafting! The wrist exercises especially combat carpal tunnel and the whole program gets your body moving in ways you don’t normally move, thus fighting off repetitive motion injuries.

 

Interview Q7As for food, my husband and I eat pretty healthy. We don’t eat any fast food except for an occasional sub sandwich. And we just don’t buy junk food – no chips (crisps), no frozen meals, no candy bars. We do keep some dark chocolate in the house, and I do like to bake occasionally. My biggest weakness is the carbohydrates – rice, pasta, bread, and potatoes. Of course, some carbohydrates are necessary so I just try to limit how much I eat of these yummy things. Photo is of my kick-butt Kitchen-Aid mixer. His name is Bruce!

Bank Holiday

In the States, today is just another work day. Later this month will be Memorial Day, which unofficially marks the beginning of summer over on this side of the pond. Will I be doing anything special to mark the occasion? Probably not – just keep doing what I love to do, and that’s to stitch.

PetsScully dog resting her head on my husband's foot

We’re pretty darn dog happy around here. This is Scully. We became her people in February. She’s settling in well, don’t you think?dog Scully and my husband napping on the sofa

First Job

20030724 - USPS - staging area - mail pallet - 100-0001I worked at a greeting card factory for the better part of one summer. We would sort through tens of thousands of greeting cards sorting out printing flaws (ink blobs, misaligned colors, etc.). Sometimes there would be a few pallets (similar to the photo) of cards with a trace of ink dust on the inside. We would have to clean off the ink dust using paper towels and a tiny bit of water. Thousands of cards. Tedious.

They kept the factory cool and humid to keep the paper from curling, so we would have to wear sweaters to stay warm. Then at the end of the day, we would go outside to 85 degree temperatures at 15% humidity and feel our skin tighten as we left the building.

It wasn’t a bad job but it taught me very quickly that I did NOT want to do that for the rest of my life.

Favorite Social Media

Professionally, it’s Twitter, hands down. It’s a great way to see everyone’s stuff and quickly determine if it’s relevant for me.

Personally speaking, it’s Facebook, mainly to see photos and updates from my friends and family, especially those people with kids.

The next BEDM post is about Dream Travel. I’ve been lucky enough to have some great traveling experiences, so I’ll gather some highlights in another soon-to-come post.

ACrafty Interview with Sabrina Larson

Welcome to this ACrafty Interview with Sabrina Larson! This interview is only about her knitting, however, Sabrina is also talented in the arts of drawing and painting in many mediums.

Sabrina is a cultural phenom: she reads and speaks fluent Italian, French, English, and Spanish, enjoys classical music and fine art, has lived in Europe, the US, Egypt and other parts of Africa, and has a great sense of humor to boot. Take a look at her crafty endeavors (click on the photos to see larger views):

interview sabrina larson grandmother cowlWhen did you start crafting? SL: I started crafting in 2009.

What crafts have you tried and what is your current favorite? SL: I have tried Knitting and Crocheting. My favorite is still knitting, although I do not knit as much as before.

 

interview 001dWhat was your biggest craft project? SL: My two biggest craft projects have been a wool cable sweater taken after a UK knitting magazine pattern, and an afghan for my parents-in-law Christmas present.

 

 

interview sabrina larson baby blanketWhat craft project are you most proud of? SL: My favorite craft projects have been a lovely baby blanket for a friend’s baby, a beautiful scarf with Celtic pattern I have knitted for myself, and a shoulder warmer/huge cowl for my 101 year old grandma who is always very cold.

 

 

interview sabrina larson cable sweaterHow has crafting affected your character? SL: When I moved to Canada, I did not know many people and I had to face cold long winter days. Knitting relaxed me and let the time pass by in a very productive way. It usually helps me to zone out and forget about problems.

 

 

interview sabrina larson green scarfCan you share a story about how your crafting has affected others? SL: People always enjoy my knitted presents. So I guess they bring happiness and warmth to those I care for.

What crafty goodness do you have coming up in the future? SL: I would like to learn how to do knitted felt hats.

 

Thanks so much, Sabrina, for being the first in what I hope is a long series of ACrafty Interviews! In the interests of full disclosure, I will say that I am the lucky recipient of one of Sabrina’s scarves – it’s gorgeous!

Would you like to be a part of this ACrafty interview series? Just contact me!