Amy, the gracious hostess of Crochet Jewel, is a prolific pattern designer and avid crocheter. Her designs are simply amazing! She is very active on social networking sites so that EVERYONE has the chance to take part in her patterns and tutorials! I've used her tutorials myself and I have been crocheting for many years. In our online chat Amy said "I have been crocheting for 5 years and like to show my free patterns I create on you tube". Which tells you how gifted she is at designing. I do design, but I am NOT at all gifted at writing my patterns for others to use. She has an exceptional talent for taking complex concepts and making them easier for her fellow fiber artists to understand.
When researching the designers that I want highlight on my blog, my focus is not just the type of patterns the designer writes but the clarity of their instructions. I am dyslexic so by necessity I choose designers whose patterns are well written, planned out, and have been tested or proof read for accuracy. So when it came to my attention that Amy had a large presence on the internet I was able to read some of the comments regarding her patterns all of which were favorable. I also noted especially that when there was a question about any aspect of her patterns, Amy tried to answer with as much detail as possible. Her answers were clear, concise, and very thoughtful.
The Crochet Jewel pattern that caught my attention is the Crochet 0-3 Months Dress http://crochetjewel.com/?p=13678 , because I have a friend due to give birth to a baby girl some time in July. Naturally I wanted to see what other people thought of the pattern, how other crocheters changed the colors of the yarn to suit the recipient, and what yarns were chosen to create the dress. The pattern received really rave reviews! It gave me confidence that this was going to be a fun project to crochet and give as a gift.
The very important point that must be made at this juncture is that Amy works very hard on her designs and out of respect for HER talent and as per her request, she would like credit where credit is due. If this article leads you make one of Amy's designs she'd like credit for designing the pattern. The LAW in the United States is that one cannot copy any original pictures, or charts and claim them as their own nor is it acceptable to copy the words of a designer's pattern. Its not only the law but it goes against the unwritten code most of us who knit and crochet try to live by. Post a link, give credit!
Where can you see all of Amy's designs and how can you contact her on the web? Let me count the ways! She very kindly sent me all the links to her social networking pages, YouTube channel, and webpage. And I quote:
"Please Subscribe to my Crochet Jewel You tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/amray767
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crochet-Free-patterns/204421996298905?ref=hl
My Crochet Site with Free Patterns and Instructions: http://crochetjewel.com/ http://amray1976.blogspot.com/
I want to thank Amy for taking the time to do an interview with me. You are simply fantastic. I have subscribed to Amy's YouTube channel, all her social networking sites, and will be receiving her notifications in my email. I encourage you to do the same!
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