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1. Please tell us a little bit about what you do.
"I'm a graphic designer who designs crochet animal scarf patterns. I have also designed a few other crochet patterns, as well as a few knitting patterns. I'm quite taken with the animal scarf patterns now, so that is what I'm concentrating on. I never would have thought, as I was making my first animal scarf, the Cat Cuddler, that I would still be making animal scarves months and months later. I remember thinking, 'I don't want to make another one of these.' That's because I didn't enjoy all the bits and pieces involved: legs, ears etc. I used to be an avid knitter, and preferred knitting one-piece in-the-round sweaters. Well, all that has changed! Also, I have a passion for colored-pencil art, but I haven't done any in years, since I finished design school in 2001. Someday I plan on getting back to creating with colored pencils."
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"Back in design school, color was my greatest source of inspiration. The play of color, the relationships between color, the transitions from one color to another. I especially liked working with complementary colors (those opposite one another on the color wheel). I enjoyed trips to art museums to see how other artists played with color. These days, working with yarn and crochet, I would say it's more about texture and shape. Color is still involved a great deal - I like working with Malabrigo Merino yarn to design my animal scarves. They have a great range of color, and their colors are subtly variable, lending a lovely nuance to the colors of the scarves. Also, I want my designs to come from my own efforts, so I look at photos of real animals (just by doing a Google image search) to study the shape and coloring of the animal for each scarf I want to design. So in that way, Mother Nature is my inspiration for my designs. I look for interesting shapes when choosing which animal to try next. Also, "cuteness" is a factor - I want to choose animals that will appeal to others."
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3. I think your animal crochet patters are just adorable! What inspired you to create these designs?
"I saw a stuffed fox stole on an Etsy treasury one day. Being a cat lover myself, I thought cat lovers would appreciate a cat scarf they can make for themselves, and so undertook designing my own cat scarf crochet pattern. I made two cats, a dog, a seal pup, then a raccoon, followed by the others. I am currently working on a reindeer, an am planning a pig, an elephant and a red panda. The possibilities are endless."
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