You might say that Lisa Clarke inherited her love of crochet from her grandmother. More specifically, she inherited 123 granny squares when her grandmother passed away in 2011. She then taught herself how to crochet and used her granny’s squares to make special gifts for other members of her family. It wasn’t long before she was hooked and designing patterns of her own! Read more
Posts from the ‘knitter’s spotlight’ Category
With the name a la mode, it’s no surprise that Lori Versaci’s handknit sweater was actually inspired by a look on the runway at New York Fashion Week. It was few years back that she saw a metallic pullover sweater paired with a stiff, straight skirt. It looked like a kind of fashionable armor. Soon, Lori was mixing pattern stitches and knitting her new design. Read more
If there are two things Kathy Ticho knows, it’s coffee & yarn. In fact, she owns a combined yarn shop and coffee house called Knitche, which caters to knitters, crocheters and spinners in the Chicago area, who also enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea. So it’s no surprise that her most recent design combines both these passions. Read more
As I near the end of my very first cable-knitting project, I’m not sure why I waited so long to give this technique a try. I guess I thought something so pretty would be more complicated!
Mary Triplett’s latest design was something of a personal challenge. She often sews teddy bears for people, but this time she wanted to see if she could knit a teddy bear on a blanket using a variety of stitches. “I even had to invent some new stitches because I couldn’t find a stitch that worked just right.” Read more
After 21 years working for an international architectural firm, Donna Palicka left the corporate world and opened her own yarn shop – the Sister-Arts Studio in Chicago. Her goal then, and still today, was to teach the fiber arts to all ages, or as she puts it, “teach love.” Read more
For many people, Labor Day weekend is the unofficial start of fall. The kids go back to school, the air feels a bit cooler and football season kicks off. Read more