I'm a little giddy about today's indy designer because I LOVE her work and have used elements of her designs in some of my own pieces. Today I introduce you to Elaine of "Down Cloverlaine". http://downcloverlaine.blogspot.com/ She is a mom, grandmother, avid knitter and knit designer. Her designs have to be some of the cutest patterns ever. :)
When I wrote Elaine via private message on Ravelry to ask her permission to use her as my indy spotlight, her response was "I’m not sure why you’d want to blog about me, but I guess I don’t have any objections! LOL!!
I explained that I'd used elements of her designs a few times and thanked her for allowing me to share her work on my blog. I wish I had time to work up all her designs. Some of the work that I've done using Elaine's designs has been for charity and I do not have pictures of those pieces. However here are some pictures of things that I have made incorporating Elaine's designs:
Two baby sweaters one preemie, one newborn size, and the third design is a blanket using the chart for Elaine's "Belle Cloth".
Like myself, Elaine was taught to knit by her Grandmother. However, unlike myself, Elaine has been knitting since she was 6 years old. She says; "Every time I pick up my needles, I think of her." Something else we have in common.
I enjoy "Down Cloverliane" blog so much because its a joy to read. Its uplifting, and honest. She doesn't blurt her family business on her blog but she is transparent enough to tell her readers when her family is going through a rough patch. Her designs reflect her love for her family and for her friends. She does work for charity like many other fiber artists but only talks about that side of her work tangentially. She very often talks about other designers and her favorite yarns. Rarely, however, does she talk about herself... which tells me where her priorities are placed.
Elaine says she doesn't charge for her designs because she enjoys designing. She is super talented I don't have the skills to write patterns so I appreciate her gifts. (including color work, another skill I lack) She says she's been knitting "since the earth's crust cooled" LOL! However, those years of knitting have helped so many people. Probably more than she'll ever know. Check out her blog or look her up on Ravelry "Cloverlaine".
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