Today’s NICU challenge pattern was designed by Crochet by Jennifer. It’s the Ashlyn Beanie. I love the baby’s eyes in this photo. Aren’t they amazing? You can find Jennifer’s work on her site, Facebook, Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy. Here’s what Jennifer had to say:
Where are you from?
I’m from Hibbing, Minnesota.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I’m married, with two daughters that are 18 years apart. My oldest daughter is 25, and my youngest daughter is 8. I also have a 6 month old grandson.
Who taught you to crochet?
Both of my grandmothers taught me when I was a little girl. One of my grandmothers taught me the basics, and my other grandmother helped me through my first pattern, which was a pair of slippers.
What is your favorite thing you’ve ever made or designed?
I would have to say my Diagonal Weave Beanie or Newsboy. That stitch was one that took forever to figure out but I love the finished result.
What got you started writing patterns?
I had recently become a stay at home mom and started crocheting again. Within a few months I started tweaking the patterns I was trying and it quickly snowballed from there. I jumped into designing very quickly.
Do you have a favorite yarn/hook/other supply?
I am liking cotton/acrylic blends right now, like Lion Brand Cotton Ease, and my favorite hooks are vintage hooks by Hero (they are most similar to Boye hooks).
Do you crochet to background noise? If so, what song/artist/tv show/movie is your favorite?
Generally I sit and have the tv on for noise. I usually put an episode of Dance Moms on from the DVR.
Where do you like to crochet?
Anywhere and everywhere! I crochet at my daughter’s Tae Kwon Do class, her dance classes, while waiting for appointments, etc.
Why are you participating in the challenge?
I love being able to participate in charity challenges like this. I am so impressed with the people who find the time to create so many beautiful items to donate and I love being able to help with that.
And a Bonus: What are you known for with your patterns? I am known for wonderful texture in my patterns. I love intricate, sometimes complicated designs that are a bit of a challenge. I don’t really write for beginners but I do try to include photos for trickier combinations or even video links when available. I also try very hard to include all possible sizes in one pattern. I don’t think it’s fair to sell different sizes separately and try to give my customers the best value for their money.
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