Modern Baby Crochet by Sharon Zientara

Modern Baby Crochet by Sharon Zientara was what today’s subject on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.

IMG_3235It may seem like just yesterday, but it was actually last August that Sharon was our guest sharing her earlier book, Quick Crocheted Accessories. (Here is the link to the patterns in Ravelry.)

Sharon may be feeling very inspired lately, as she shared that she went on a trip to Shetland Islands, England, Scotland (in fact, she was editing the patterns for this new book while she was there) traveling with June Hemmons Hiatt. She met the World’s Fastest Knitter Hazel Tindall (who says she’s NOT the fastest), visited the Jamison Woolen Mills being now run by their son, Gary. 

Modern Baby Crochet is a collection of many designers patterns. The book SZ Modern Baby Crochetincludes pieces from many designers and quite a few of Sharon’s ideas. Sharon says this is the second in a series about three skeins, the first was Quick Crocheted Accessories, and has complementary series for knitters by Tanis Gray, all published by Interweave. Sharon named the designs after her own nieces and nephews and says when selecting yarns for projects for kids, she thinks about the care ‘is it machine washable?’ With her Parker Pants, she thought out how little ones love to move as she says in the description “the yarn has just the right amount of stretch to allow baby to be active and agile”.

How hard it must have been to choose this collection, the cuteness factor must have been completely overwhelming! For instance, Brenda KB Anderson’s Spike the Hedgehog hat is something many adults would wish for because it is SUCH FUN! Brenda also SZ Zoe the Cat slipperscreated the cover piece, Ladybug the Dachshund sweater.  We also spotted the fun cabled Dylan hoodie by Anastasia Popova and say, Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers! So many of these are enticing, Sharon says she’s considering a pair of Zoe the Cat slippers for her own niece.

We can continue to follow Sharon’s design adventures in Ravelry. She told us she’s going back to school to study veterinary medicine, so we look forward to what she will have time to share with us.



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  1. Chris Lopez says:

    The patterns in her book are so adorable. Loved hearing that she is going back to school to pursue her dream and become a veterinarian. Sounds like she loves cats as much as I do!

  2. Shelly says:

    My niece loves cats. I am sure she would have great fun wearing a pair of those slippers if I can manage to make them.

  3. Trisha says:

    I love cats too. They’re so unpredictable and funny, always entertaining. Good luck with your vet pursuits.

  4. Suzanne says:

    There are some great patterns in the new book. Congrats to Sharon for working on her veterinary degree. I bet she gets lots of practice rescuing her yarn from her cats.

  5. Ida Williamson says:

    As a fellow Seattle-ite, I’m looking forward to checking out this book. Thanks for all your work to rescue cats and other animals here in the area. I have made a donated blankets to the Seattle Humane Society as well.

  6. Vicki says:

    I’m a big lover of cats too. Best wishes as you embark on your adventure to become a vet. Keep the crochet handy for brain and study breaks.

  7. Michele says:

    I’m new to your podcast and love it! I love knitting and cats! Congrats to Sharon on her achievements!

  8. Belinda says:

    I.enjoyed listening to the interview. I have a few friends who are expecting, so I know that the book will come in handy. I wish Sharon good luck as she embarks on her new career. I love kittens, cats, dogs, etc., but I don’t think they would play very nicely with my chickens.

  9. Renee Culver says:

    Very fun podcast! How neat that she wants to be a vet! We need more compassionate vets! We enjoy cats and dogs in our family, and our cat came with us back to the States from Brazil! So our cat’s Brazilian by birth. Best wishes to Sharon for her pursuit to become a veterinarian!

  10. Thekla says:

    So interesting! Unusual to hear about someone going from designing to vet school, instead of the other way around…all because of cats! This is a lovely book. So nice. Thank you.

  11. Jill H. says:

    Such cute patterns in this book! I especially love anything with cats, I want a pair of those slippers for me!

  12. Mary L. says:

    i enjoyed listening to this podcast. Good luck to Sharon with her new career path. The cats she treats will be very lucky indeed!

  13. Audrey says:

    Looking forward to making baby clothes for our soon to be born grandson. Bring on the whimsy with cats, dogs, and other design motifs.

  14. Katelyn M says:

    Thanks for another great show. I really think this book is a great resource for baby items. I have been looking for something like this as I am expecting my second child. I like how the projects can be made for boys or girls. The cat slippers are so cute and I want to make them for Christmas presents this year!

  15. Geraldine Scott says:

    Great book! Would love to make some items for my next grand baby coming in December! I must admit, dogs trump cats at our house…sorry!

  16. Rachel Catherine says:

    Oh my goodness! The patterns in this book are adorable! I’m not really a cat person, but I do think the cat slippers are darling.

  17. Jackie Watson says:

    Veterinary medicine is near and dear to me as I worked as a licensed Veterinary Technician for many years. Cats are a challenge to work with, but I love them!

  18. wendy says:

    Having had cats in the past and now, I now know I can’t work with yarn around my cats. They don’t let it alone. One nests in it. A suggestion to make them their own thing doesn’t work. They are after my attention.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Another great podcast, thank you! How fantastic that Sharon is pursuing a new career. Her book looks delightful. I’d love to make the Zoe the Cat slippers.

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