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National Crochet Month:
Amanda Saladin, Designing Crochet
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Amanda Saladin of Designing Crochet with us today, March 11, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Three Truths and a Lie:
Take a guess as to which of the following statements isn’t true. We’ll try to let you know which statement is “The Lie” somewhere in this post. If we just can’t work it in, we’ll post the truth at the bottom of the post!
- Amanda currently teaches high school family and consumer science.
- She is the proud owner of 10 chickens and 2 ducks.
- Amanda is the proud mom of three little girls.
- She got married in jail.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Amanda’s designs with you.
Buckle Bag, FREE pattern on Amanda’s blog
Jetsetter Sweater, published in Crochet Today! May/June 2012
Amanda had been a knitter for four years before she finally got the hang of crochet in 2006. When she first tried to learn on her own, she just couldn’t see how the stitches worked together. Amanda was teaching elementary art at the time. Her neighboring art teacher knew how to crochet, so Amanda asked her for some help. With her co-worker’s assistance, she finally got it. Her passion for crochet was born!
Amanda’s first project was a sheep pattern from an issue of Better Homes and Gardens Simply Creative Crochet. She still has the sheep she named Gabe.
Although she has a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and has always enjoyed designing, Amanda didn’t put her love of crochet and design together until 2011. She entered several items in her state fair and received 1st or 2nd place ribbons on every entry. At that time, she decided to try her hand at designing. She hasn’t looked back since!
Amanda creates a lot of her designs with beginners in mind, but she still tries to add interesting details or to use yarns with color changes in different ways. Sometimes her students will inspire one of her designs. Other times, the design just springs full-blown into her mind’s eye.
Amanda says her proudest moment was when her first-ever design was chosen as the cover design for Crochet Today! magazine.
About Her Design Process:
I started out almost exclusively designing sweaters. I like little things that make a sweater unique, such as asymmetrical necklines or buttons. I like to sketch out a design and then do the swatch. I’m not one of those designers who can do a swatch and then come up with a design.
Some of Amanda’s Favorites:
Favorite Yarn: Amanda loves cotton: “There is something so crisp and beautiful about cotton yarn.” She also loves chunky wool and acrylic yarns for quick fall and winter projects.
Favorite Thing to Crochet: It changes all the time! She goes through spells: from sweaters to bags to cowls to something else.
Favorite Designers: Robyn Chachula and Jenny King
A Sampling of Books by Amanda’s Favorite Designers:
Visit Amanda’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Amanda’s blog post today! She’ll be offering a FREE pattern!
Find Amanda Online:
Ravelry: faith5280 (must be logged in to see profile)
Designing Crochet blog: http://www.designingcrochet.com
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/amanda-saladin
Amanda actually has two little boys, ages 5 and 2, and one on the way (gender unknown).
Yes, it’s true that she got married in jail. She and her husband wasn’t actually IN jail. Her husband was in the Army and deploying in two weeks, so they decided to get married ahead of time. They got married on the weekend, when the only magistrate available to perform the ceremony had an office in the jail building!
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