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how did i
Years ago (too many to count), I sold finished crochet items for a while, mainly to newborn photographers. It was so fun to create new and sometimes quirky outfits to capture the style and passions of the parent. Such as a unicorn baby, or a gladiator outfit. (My top 10 baby outfits can be found here.)
But as my shop was on maternity leave following the arrival of my youngest son, a photographer messaged me with a special request. She wanted to know if I could create a design for a little boy fighting for his life. He was being released from the hospital with a rare condition, and doctors were uncertain of his prognosis or if he would live through the week.
Of course, this broke my new momma’s heart. I looked at my son and couldn’t imagine this family’s agony. I stayed up most of the night crocheting between nursing my little one and creating the baby boxer outfit (also in knit).
I’m a passionate designer, creator, and lover of all things artistic. I enjoy working with various mediums, from yarn, paper, wool, fabric, and a camera.
I’m also a photographer, and I enjoy capturing my family’s memories as well as my designs.
But where did pattern writing start? With a unique opportunity to help a family.
I delivered the boxer baby prop to the photographer the next morning (still sewing on the finishing touches as I walked through the door) and stayed to meet this cute little baby.
Aiden has continued to fight bravely and is still striving today. I love seeing updates of him and his adorable smile on social media. He is such a champion and the outfit totally reflected his spirit to keep on fighting the odds.
Once I shared this story on social media, the requests for the outfit came pouring in. More than I could keep up with. Then came the request for the pattern and it just made sense to share this outfit with the world.
I still love seeing images of all the babies in this outfit and will always cherish this sweet origin that became my passion.
Not only do I design cute and custom outfits, but I also sell the pattern in my Ravelry shop, Etsy, and Love Crafts.
My designs have also been seen in Crochet! Magazine, Annie’s Christmas Magazine, My Crocheted Closet Book, The Pattern Pack, Happily Hooked, and Design Wars.
I discovered my talents early in childhood, and my mother nourished my creativity.
I carried that passion into adulthood, earning a degree in fine arts and harassing my children with my projects. My family continues to be my greatest inspiration.
Cheers to our next crafting adventure together!