I can’t sew, I can’t knit, and I sure as heck cannot crochet. I did try to make a pillow for Ava once while I was pregnant … didn’t turn out too bad, but there is still an opening on one side because I never learned how to do the closing stitch. The closest I’ve come to knitting or crocheting [and this is quite a stretch] is doing one of those latch hooks rug kits when I was a kid. For some people, wielding a pair of long needles [or hooks, I think they’re called] and turning a ball of yarn into something other than a potholder is second nature. Etsy shop owner, Angie of Frolicking Leaves, is a great example.
Angie lived with her grandmother while she was student teaching in 2001 and from those skilled hands, she learned the craft of crochet. She refined her skills, began creating her own fun designs, and opened up her shop in October ’09. Once she perfects a design [which can take days of starting to crochet, pulling apart, starting over, and finally nailing it], Angie can stitch up a pair of booties or an adorable hat in couple of hours. So jealous.
Over the holiday season, these felted crochet ballet slippers [omg i love them] were selling fast, just like her current line of hats. One lucky reader will even WIN A HAT just by leaving a comment. [View Giveaway Details]
Angie is also a mom – two kids, ages 6 and 22 months – and spends a lot of late nights crocheting while the kiddos sleep. She has even helped her daughter open up her very own Etsy shop [Greta’s Paper Art] to sell her crayon creations. What a cute idea!
Just like any mom, we need to find ways to unwind. Angie’s, of course, involves crocheting … as well as a good cup of coffee and an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Don’t laugh – I actually love that show too. :-) Thanks so much to Angie for taking the time to share a little of herself with me … and don’t forget to check out the Frolicking Leaves Giveaway! XO