Let’s Talk Rainbow Crochet Blankets with Amanda Perkins

Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird and Guest Amanda Perkins

Join Marly Bird and guest Amanda Perkins on the Yarn Thing Podcast at 10am MST on Tuesday September 26th. Learn all about Amanda’s Book-Rainbow Crochet Blankets.

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Amanda Perkins:

I am Amanda Perkins and I am an obsessive crochet designer and author. I live and work in a tiny village high on a sea cliff on Exmoor, Devon UK. Most of my inspiration comes from the colors and shapes of the landscape I live in.

My Granny taught me to crochet at a very young age. I ran an indie dyeing company (The Natural Dye Studio) for 13 years, I started designing because I needed pattern support for my yarn.

I designed a few knitting patterns, but they weren’t very good, so I started designing crochet patterns instead because I like crochet and find it a lot easier than knitting.

Eventually my yarn became yarn support for my patterns. I closed NDS in 2015 to concentrate on my designing career and to finish writing my first book Rainbow Crocheted Blankets/Afghans (which was published in the autumn of 2016).

I self-publish all my patterns on-line in all the normal places – Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy etc.

I live with my husband and 2 dogs and a cat, although sadly one of the dogs and cat are very old and probably won’t be with us much longer.

My daughter, her husband and our newborn grandson live in the same village and so I spend a lot of time with them.

I also love gardening and have recently moved to a house with a very overgrown steep hillside garden, getting it under control is a huge challenge, but I am enjoying every second of it.

Find Amanda online in the following locations:

Amanda’s Blog

Amanda’s Ravelry Page

Amanda on Instagram

Amanda on Pinterest

Amanda’s Facebook Page

Purchase Rainbow Crochet Blankets:

If you fell in love with Amanda’s book after the podcast you can purchase Rainbow Crochet Blankets on Amazon using my affiliate link.

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  1. Terri Lynn Randolph says:

    Queenie Amanda, I loved you years ago and purchased from your mini skeins club and many of your patterns! I now realize what I will be doing this winter and I had better get that yarn out and start working your lovely yarn and patterns! I appreciate and think you for the opportunity to win your book! I pray you will have much success on your book!

  2. Sandra Norris says:

    Queenie is a perfect decription for Amanda! He choice in colorways and designs are so vibrant and cheerful and I’m so glad I got to listen to her on the podcast today (even with the hiccups, so sorry your day was rough Marly!). I can’t wait to see the book in person I know it won’t disappoint!

  3. Donna Frunzi says:

    Queenie blanket/afgan…gorgeous… so very sorry we couldn’t hear you much and hoping Marly Bird brings you back on to share your beautiful inspirations!

  4. Sheila Breeden says:

    So enjoyed the Marly Bird Podcast featuring Queenie Amanda Perkins. While listening to this podcast I checked out her Ravelry page. Absolutely gorgeous blankets! And I’ve never crocheted a blanket using fingering weight yarn but I am truly inspired to do that soon. I’m usually drawn to the geometric look and to purple, so the Knot Garden will likely be my first venture into her patterns.

  5. Gayla Reinkens says:

    Hi Queenie Amanda. I enjoyed you on the Marly Bird Podcast immensely today. I checked out your Ravelry page, you have some gorgeous designs. I am torn between the Knot Garden and the Rose Window. Ok, partial to purple so Knot Garden it would be first. I love your Rainbow Blanket book! Hopefully you will be on the Marly podcast again soon!

  6. Linda Calhoun says:

    Amanda, I have followed you for a very long time! I love your patterns, and have made many of them. I enjoyed your interview very much.

  7. Linda Calhoun says:

    Queenie Amanda, I have followed you for a very long time! I love your patterns, and have made many of them. I enjoyed your interview very much.

  8. Jenny Yates says:

    Hi Amanda, I listened to the Yarn thing Podcast on my way to work and I was able to hear you just fine. What I didn’t hear sometimes was Marly and sometimes Marly sounded garbled. However, I am glad that I was able to listen to Queenie Amanda’s story and I just would love your Rainbow Crocheted Afghans book. These patterns are inspiring!

  9. Mary Alice says:

    I just looked at Queenie Amanda’s blankets in ravelry, and I love them! Thank you for introducing me to your colorful designs!

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