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Spotlight on a Craftsy Crafter: Linda Blakely

Known on the site as WineDiva, Linda Blakely has been posting beautiful projects to Craftsy since we first went live.  Here are a few of my personal favorites:

(Click on any of the images below to see the project pages and more information.)

What advice would you give someone starting the Lace Rims Shawl? It's easy enough, and pretty quick, too. The designer of this shawl is Lorna Miser, of Lorna's Laces fame.

What are you most proud of about your Fiddlehead Ferns project? I'm most proud that I designed this scarf myself! It's a combination of knit and crochet, and I'm thrilled that it came out exactly as I'd pictured it in my mind!

What are you most proud of about your Madeline Shawl? I'm most proud that as much as I loved this finished shawl, I donated it to my charity's fundraiser. I hated to part with it, but the recipient LOVED it!

I was so impressed with Linda's work that I wrote to ask her a couple more questions:
Me: How did you get started knitting and what do you love about it?
Linda: I got my start in knitting when I was in my late teens/early 20's. My mom taught me. I knit a few things and never really did anything with it. I put it all aside for a few decades and got back into it when my husband's and my wine store went out of business a couple years ago. I discovered and found some of the most beautiful hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns, which started an obsession. I absolutely love working with top quality yarns and knitting patterns from some extremely talented designers. All of this started me trying my hand at designing a few items, although I am nowhere near the caliber of some of my favorite designers. I prefer to keep things simple! There is beauty in simplicity.

Me: Please tell me more about your charity, ConnieCaps, and how people can participate
Linda: ConnieCaps is a non-profit organization that I founded in January of 2010. In December of 2009 I was commissioned by the website to knit some chemo caps for a charity they were supporting, and I loved it so much I wanted to do this full time. So I founded ConnieCaps, which is named for my mother who passed away from cancer in 2004. Since my mom was the one who taught me to knit and was a very generous knitter/crocheter/quilter, I felt it was only fitting to name the charity for her and do this in her memory. People can participate by donating hats! I have a convertible chemo cap knitting pattern in my Craftsy projects that everyone is welcome to download and use. I'm probably going to be adding a couple more hat patterns in the next few weeks.

Linda, it was great to get to know you a little bit better.  Thank you for telling us more about your work and your charity, and for sharing the hat pattern with all of us.

...and if you've got projects or patterns to share with the Craftsy community, upload some today!


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