Today on the Yarnthing Podcast with Marly Bird: Edie Eckman, knit and crochet designer extraordinaire!
Edie learned to knit and crochet about the same time from her Grandmother when she was young. She started out making Barbie clothes and stuffed animals and graduated to sweaters after she got married. In the early 90’s she co-owed a yarn shop which fed her yarn habit to such a degree that when they closed Edie decided she needed a way to feed it. While the shop was open, she had been designing for customers and that translated nicely into her new business. After a few years, she was able to completely quit her day job and focus on designing.
Edie has many books out and does several on-line classes with Craftsy. She started out publishing a few knitting books and her first big crochet book was the Crochet Answer Book. Two of Marly’s favorite crochet books are also from Edie: Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs and Around the Corner Crochet Borders. These books are really great and should be in every crocheter’s (and knitters!) library. In Around the Corner Crochet Borders, Edie shows not just the straight borders, but also how to turn the corners nicely! Once of her most recent books was Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs and is all about crochet motifs and the many ways you can join them together. To check out all of Edie’s books, go to the book section of her website here.
Edie also teaches two classes on Craftsy: Joining Crochet Motifs and How to Say it-Pattern Writing for Knitters. Joining Crochet Motifs builds off of the book Connect the Shapes and shows you the techniques she talks about. How to Say It walks you through the pattern writing process and can also help any knitter read and understand their patterns.
To hear about all the other awesome things Marly and Edie talked about, listen in below!
And we won’t forget the GIVEAWAY! One lucky commenter will win a copy of Edie Eckman’s book, Around the Corner Crochet Borders. Leave a comment with Edie’s multi-part keyword for your chance to win!
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