Yi-An “E” Lee of The Crochet Lounge met up with us at the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird.
Yi-An (sounds like E-Ann, so usually she uses the moniker “E”) Lee is a ‘Designer, Choreographer of Hooks & Strings at The Crochet Lounge’, a Mom of four, ‘playing with home-schooling’, loves social media especially Facebook with her growth from 10,000 to almost 80,000 on The Crochet Lounge Facebook page in the last year. This has inspired her to starte a second arm to her business, the Lulu Lounge, more about that later, but both created for busy moms who need look professional and put together as well as comfy.
“E”‘s mom and grandmother both crocheted. She watched them and they were FAST, so it was about at about 8 or 9 that she attempted. In college she got out her crochet hook and made scarves, just whipped them out. When pregnant with her firstborn, she was inspired again.
The Crochet Lounge started as a group on Facebook, grew into a blog and website. She has a computer-science and IT background. She uses these different platforms like Word-Press to blog with to learn, because she’s heard many successful businesses use them. She started in a few groups within Facebook and early on became administrator of a large group. She began her own group in 2012, as a more hands-off gathering, where everyone talks about everything.
Right now, she has a pay-it-forward program that she is very excited about. She is about 50% through a beanie drive to help an area in California where so many people were displaced by fires. (This link is to a group, please asked to be included, if you’re interested.) Much of “E”‘s mission currently is to encourage others to take the first step their heart’s desire, to not be afraid of failure but to Fail Hard, not to wonder if you could share what inspires you and never try.
She started another company, which can be found as a group on Facebook also, call Lula Lounge. This group is for everyone to have clothing they like, is fresh and inspiring. She doesn’t consider herself a designer but her website and posts in Facebook. is chock full of interesting pieces. People must love her patterns because of that growth mentioned earlier, either the design itself or the modifications they could make to it for themselves.
If you didn’t get to listen LIVE: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/02/03/yi-an-e-lee-of-the-crochet-lounge or at iTunes