||Houston, TX USA|
|I've been a knitter for about 20 years and began to crochet after taking Prudence Mapstone's free-form course several years ago. I also enjoy weaving, spinning and dyeing. In my day job I am a Chemical Engineer and work in technical software;
I have a husband, also an engineer, a 15-year old daughter and 2 cats.
|The first group of colors I put together were spring-like colors that reminded me of bright flowers in the sunshine. I had just taken a course by Valentina Devine and used one of her "swirl" knitting free-form techniques to make the first swatch. This swatch is all-knitted and 13 yarns were used; the piece was constructed as one piece, each bit added to an edge.
|The second group of colors were muted with warm glitter highlights. This piece was all crochet and was created all in one piece, each bit added to the existing swatch. I used 14 yarns, and I kept going until almost all were used up, just making 8" diameter.
|The unusual part about both these swatches was that neither color grouping was in my comfort zone, which is strong, saturated colors, featuring purple. That grouping was third and I haven't yet done a swatch with them!
The part I loved was that I could immerse myself in these different bundles of yarn, and get a different feel, totally inspired by the color and textures of the yarns that I otherwise would not select on my own.