Today I am so happy to present to you a very creative and lovely lady I met through Ravelry. She's just a delightful person and a really excellent and FUN knit and crochet designer. I think you will enjoy her work as much as I do!
I found I had a few things in common with Amy B. so it is easier to write a blog post about someone with whom I share commonalities. We found that we have our faith in common and also that our stitching has been made more delightful by sharing rather than by self promotion. Let me share her own words:
"I'm a wife and mother! I love God and like to share the knowledge of all that He has given me!!!
Since I was a little girl I have always been stitching something. I learned to crochet when I was 9 at the knee of my Moma. I was always around a sewing machine, making doll blankets and clothes for my Barbies. In my mid 30's I learned to knit and just took off with it. I love to stitch and it has provided me with a way to clothe and warm my family....and also earn a little extra $$$....which ...is nice :D
I have published approx 32 patterns in leaflets and books, many unpublished crochet patterns in notebooks, a handful published on my blog free for your use http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/ , and many many MANY still in my head. I hope you like what you see.....if you have an idea in your head PM me and we can work out the details. Enjoy!!" https://plus.google.com/+amybstitched/about (She's also a Grandmother now) As you can see she and I have another thing in common... we began our "stitching" career, if-you-will, in our 30's and learned to incorporate it into a bit of a sideline business. She however, is a prolific designer which I have not achieved yet. I am still so busy knitting and crocheting the designs I find to try writing patterns! :)
Amy B's unique perspective on her work, obviously comes from a happy spirit. Her designs are so much fun, and such a joy to work up! One of the patterns I absolutely LOVE is her "Dinosaur Baby" hat and diaper cover photo prop set. As is her custom she gave credit to the designer who created the booties to match the set. Adorable little spikes on the hat and diaper cover are so sweet! She did a great job with the design. You can find Amy B's pattern here http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/2014/04/newborn-dinosaur-baby-hat-and-diaper.html and the pattern for the dino booties here https://www.etsy.com/shop/HookNYarnCrochet. So cute!!! If you look around Amy B's. blog for more than a couple of minutes you'll see she has a great sense of humor :) Check out her latest Princess Leia beanie. http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/ She like so many of us young girls fell for the dashing Han Solo and the handsome Luke Skywalker in the first release of the movie to the big screen. Why not I say? :)
Another aspect of Amy B's blog that I found so endearing and so very valuable was a measure of transparency. So many would have shied away from sharing her heart and how knitting/crocheting has soothed her in times of distress. Amy B is right there for us. None of us are exempt from the stresses and hardships of life. Amy expresses in such personal ways how she has used her work to keep her hands and mind busy in times of tragedy. I appreciate this because few people in this commercial world really take the time to give people a look into what makes us tick. For many of us who knit and crochet... it is those moments of struggle that cement our love for what we do and cannot imagine life without our skill. This quote from her blog struck me in my heart because this is where I often find myself " I think in each persons life, as tragedy occurs, we find comfort in certain things. For me, that thing is the repetitive nature of crochet and knit. When nothing makes sense....and I can't focus.....I'm able to pull out a ball of yarn and a hook (or needle if I'm in the right mood) and just stitch." I did want to share this moment from her blog as a comfort to those who might be struggling right now... people do understand http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/2015/09/comforting-stitches.html I know my readers will appreciate this blog entry as much as I did. Our skill is a gift from God!
For my own part I enjoyed exchanging messages with Amy B. through Ravelry. So let me share with you how you can find Amy B. online and then I will show you my latest attempt at an Amy B. pattern.
Lastly I do want to thank Amy for being so gracious in our message exchanges. When you write to Amy B. you get the sense of someone fully at peace with the direction of her life. Someone with whom you can share your love for fiber arts, faith, and family.
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.