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Behind The Stitches: Cherrelle Shelton

“I’ve always been a creative person. I grew up watching my mom and aunts sewing and making so I always had a desire to learn"

Sam: Where are you from and where are you currently based? Also, should I call you Cherrelle or Relle during our chat?

Cherrelle: My name is Cherrelle, but everybody calls me Relle. I’m from Trenton, New Jersey and I’m currently based in Burlington, New Jersey.

Sam: Have you always been a creative person? Where do you think your love of crocheting comes from?

Relle: I’ve always been a creative person. I grew up watching my mom and aunts sewing and making so I always had a desire to learn. I actually learned to crochet when I was about 7 years old. My aunt was making a baby blanket for my little cousin and she taught me the single crochet stitch. She even let me crochet a small piece of the blanket she was working on. I’ve been crocheting ever since.

Sam: How did you learn to knit?

Relle: I taught myself to knit with Youtube videos and books from my local library…
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Behind The Stitches: Vickie Howell

I've been so excited to post this interview from the moment that I hung up the phone. This week's Sunday inspiration comes from Vickie Howell. Knitter, crafter, and DIY expert Vickie Howell. I had a really hard time editing this one because every step of her crafting journey is integral to understanding the bigger picture. A big reason why I'm able to do what I'm doing now is because of people like Vickie doing what they did first. I honestly feel so grateful to have this interview on the site and I can't wait to hear what you take away from her story.

"It was sort of that day that I got that knitting was more than just knitting. It could be a through-line for communication and community"

Sam: Who taught you how to knit?

Vickie: Well, my mom tried to teach me when I was nine and I hated it. She taught me how to crochet, so I did that. But, I actually didn't learn how to knit until I was maybe twenty-seven/twenty-eight. I was pregnant with my second son a…

Top 10 Forgotten Knits in Memorable Movies

When you think of each of these movies chances are these are not the sweaters that pop into your head. But they should be! I'm going to explore knitwear that is continuously overlooked because a much more iconic item of knitwear steals the show. Maybe this will inspire you to take a second look at these movies. Each of these movies is going to get their own posts eventually. But, those posts will most likely focus on the other more popular knits. So this is a moment for the underdogs to shine!

1. "Shut up, please. I am very busy and important." -Bridget Jones

Behind The Stitches: Crystal Green

“As I become more confident in my knitting, I would say I knit and crochet about the same. But, crochet will always be my first love"

Yarn & The City: #WhyIMake

Making has always been in my life even if I didn't always know that at the time. Recently LoveCrafts asked bloggers to tackle this seemingly simple question. Why do you make? It seemes like the perfect opportunity for me to open up a little more and tell you about my own crafting journey. My life can be mapped out in a series of handmade objects. Not all of them were made by myself. But they all formed who I am in one way or another. A quilt made for the underground railroad, a wedding gift from a stranger, a lumpy sweater, hand-dyed hanks, and crochet mandalas. One having little to do with the other except for the fact that they all made me the maker that I am today.

Behind The Stitches: Daniela Contreras Flores

“When I met tapestry I fell in love with the process"

Crafting Horoscopes: November 2019

This month I'm making a pact with myself to let go. Something that I've always struggled with is balance. As a small business owner, I find myself holding hundreds of plates in the air at the same time and as a result, I end up only really balancing one or two in the air. Then there's the guilt. The guilt of doing too much, the guilt of not doing enough, and sometimes I even manage to feel guilty about not feeling guilty enough (my poor therapist... or should I say, rich therapist).  A few weeks ago I had coffee with the ever-brilliant Kay of Mason Dixon Knitting and I was about halfway through explaining this vicious spiral to her when she suddenly sat back in her chair and sighed. She looked at me and said "I think the key to finding balance is to stop trying to have balance. Just let things be what they are and stop being so hard on yourself". So that's the goal of the month. Letting go of being the "perfect" business owner, friend, writer, and …

Ur F.O.: Rhinebeck Edition

This year I experienced my very first Rhinebeck! This time last year I was still fairly new to the knitting world and didn't know about NY Sheep and Wool until it was too late for me to go. This year I thought that it would be best if I went up with a group and I ended up taking the String Thing Studio bus up and back on Saturday. Even with getting up at the crack of dawn and getting zero sleep the night before I can easily say that this was a fantastic experience.

One of the best parts of my Rhinebeck trip was getting the chance to connect with so many talented makers in our community. Some I knew before this trip and others I'm just learning about now. I was slightly overwhelmed by the idea of wrapping up my Rhinebeck experience into a post. But I wanted to pull out the moments that have stuck with me almost a week later. With that said here are five of my favorite Rhinebeck FOs (and WIPs). I hope that you will take the time to explore the work of these makers beyond what'…

Behind The Stitches: Sole Salvo

“I love trying to reverse engineer the stitches, and then translate them into a dog proportion while keeping the integrity of the design"

Behind The Stitches: James-William

“I was in absolute awe watching her (my Gran) knit, and I loved the sound of her metal needles clinking against each other, so of course, I asked her to teach me"

Crochet with London Kaye: Book Review

I once read or watched or heard on a podcast (sometimes it’s difficult for me to remember these things. I have such an active imagination that I can read an article and then a year later swear that I watched a documentary) and in it they said the Missoni household is covered in their famous zigzags. I have a vivid image, imagined or not, of all three generations in their living room. Their rugs, couch, blankets, pillows, and outfits are covered in the zigzags. I remember thinking that was how I would love to live my life. That your passion for what you love could be so great that it simply can’t be contained in one aspect of your life. It oozes out until your whole world is consumed by it. No one visits the Missoni home and wonders what they do for a living.

I was reminded of this vivid memory or daydream while I was flipping through the pages of London Kaye’s new book Crochet with London Kaye, Projects and Ideas To Yarn Bomb Your Life. This book is more than a how-to book. While it do…