When did you first start knitting / crocheting and where did you learn?
I started crocheting when I was six years old. I came home one day from school with the mumps and the doctor sent me to bed. But I kept getting out of bed and in my mom's hair all the time, so, to keep me in bed and busym she bought me a brightly colored, variegated skein of yarn and a large hook and taught me how to crochet. That was it for me. I was "hooked!" And mom never saw me again.
Can you remember the first thing you made?
A super long strip that could have gone all the way from New York to New Jersey!
Who are your favourite pattern designers and celebrity knitters & crocheters?
I don't follow anybody, but I admire some of the talented women in crochet, such as Lily Chin, Doris Chan, Vashti Braha and Maggie Weldon, among others, but I don't follow anyone in my work, their work is only like eye candy to me.
What are your favourite things to stitch and do you have a favorite item you've made?
Toys! They bring such joy and have brouhgt into my life so many wonderful people who love them, that they have become my favorite thing to design and make. All my prototypes go to orphans and the children love them, which is very rewarding for me.
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?
I sometimes stitch while listening to Gospel music or classical music. I love Handel.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I was trained as an artist (painting) so for a long time I enjoyed related crafts. I have concentrated mostly in crocheting because I have such high demand. But I like embroidery, knitting, macrame, weaving, scrapbooking, but I do not have time for them as often as I used to.