Today’s featured designer is Ashley from Ashley Designs Corner. Ashley is another of the designers that has been contributing to the challenge for several years, and we’re delighted to have her join us again this year! Ashley designed the Faith Beanie for this year’s challenge. As her bonus for this in the challenge, the code NICUCHALLENGE will get you 40% off all patterns in her Ravelry and Etsy shops during the Challenge. Be sure to visit her Facebook page, too!
Where are you from?
I am originally from Northern Virginia, but for the past 9 years I have been living in San Antonio, Texas.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 7 1/2 years and we have two beautiful little girls, Ava (6) and Holley (4). They keep us very busy between reading lots of books, drawing, playing tball and of course they play with yarn too!
What is your favorite thing you’ve ever made or designed?
My favorite thing I ever made and designed was the Chevron Blanket, it started off as a surprise my daughter Ava and I ended up writing the blanket pattern to include ever size possible. I love this pattern, because it not only is a beautiful blanket but the color choices are endless!
What got you started writing patterns?
About 4 years ago I wanted to learn to crochet (I did a little knitting in high school) and was determined to learn no matter what. After learning the basics, I couldn’t stop crocheting, I crocheted everyday and wanted to make everything. I then started making newborn props and people loved my creativity and wanted me to write the patterns, so I did and it has flourished into me designing more, like textured beanies, bonnets, clothing, blankets and more. Deciding to learn to crochet is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!!
Do you have a favorite yarn/hook/other supply?
I love my Yarnology K Hooks and Vanna’s Choice Yarn
Why are you participating in the challenge?
This is my 3rd year participating in the challenge and I am very excited to be doing it again this year. When my youngest daughter Holley was born, she spent about 5 days in the NICU due to having poor oxygen levels and other complications, and I know as a mom it can be a scary thing when your little one is in the NICU. So if by making a hat for another little baby can put a smile on the parents face and give the baby warmth, then we are helping the babies in our own way.
Download today’s pattern here.