A Garden of Shawls by Karen Whooley
A Garden of Shawls by Karen Whooley is the book we shared on Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird today, and crochet loveliness abounds!
Karen says: I learned to crochet at the age of 7. My Nonna (Italian for “grandmother”) taught me to crochet one summer when my younger sister and I were visiting with her. Nonna didn’t teach me from patterns. Since she only could speak Italian, any pattern I brought her we used a magnifying glass and figured out the pattern from the photos. I didn’t learn how to read a pattern until I taught myself in my teenage years from Leisure Arts booklets! Because I learned to crochet from photos and word-of-mouth, I have always been a designer. Even when I could read a pattern, I always changed up the item, from construction to how it was edged, and even the stitch pattern. Just about everything I made was inspired by the patterns, not from the pattern directly.
And that is how I got started designing! Back in 1998, I met one of my favorite designers online in an internet forum. She saw the work that I would display on my personal website that was just basically a photo album, and convinced me to submit some original designs! The very first ones were purchased and off my design career went! After all these years, I still love designing! Over the years I have been lucky to work with some of the best yarn and publishing companies out there. You will see my work all over. But my heart has always been in self-publishing! I have self-published several books over the years and more will be coming!
Karen’s new book, A Garden of Shawls includes 12 beautiful lace shawls that evoke that feeling of being in a beautiful garden. Made with either fingering or lace weight yarns each shawl will inspire you to create your own slice of heaven.
The projects are worked using lace weight to fingering weight yarns – all from indie hand dyers – and are suitable for every crocheter who is comfortable with basic crochet stitches. Each pattern includes charts, a special stitches section, as well as written text to help the crafter work easily and comfortably through the pattern. The book also contains hints and information on how to adjust the shawls to work with heavier yarns and to customize a design to your personal taste.
Follow Karen Whooley through her website: www.KarenWhooley.com. There is also her Ravelry Designer page. She can be found in other social media locations as well, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can hear Karen’s previous visit to the Yarn Thing podcast in 2014.
If you missed getting to watch this LIVE check Marly’s Facebook page for the behind-the-scenes video from her Birds of a Feather Studio or listen to archived audio episode: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2017/04/18/garden-of-shawls-by-karen-whooley