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Featured Guest Pinners: Knitter, Sheila & Sewist, Kristin

We're excited to welcome two fabulous pinners to Craftsy this week: pattern designer Sheila Zachariae and Craftsy instructor Kristin Link. As the owner of Creative Design, Sheila creates hand made, one of a kind, knitwear for children and adults. As such you won't be surprised to discover that she's an avid pinner of fabrics, as well as knitted and crocheted goods. Kristin loves to sew and make! In addition to her two Craftsy classes, Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch and Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag & Bucket Bag, she runs the popular blog, Sew Mama Sew. And on a daily basis she's inspiring over 8,900 pinners to keep up with her pins. Join in the fun and follow Sheila's Craftsy collaborator board here, as well as Kristin’s Craftsy collaborator board here! And meet both Sheila and Kristin below.


Pinner Sheila Zachariae
When did you first hear about and decide to join Pinterest?
I found Pinterest in their early days and fell in love right away!  I signed up and haven't looked back since.  It was another venue for me to showcase my handmade knitwear and to sell my patterns as well as my Craftsy Classic Cabled Cowl Workshop.  It also gave me a spot to save things that inspire me from fashion to food to gardening and everything in between.

Based on the board you created we'd assume your knitting studio is super organized. Is that the case?
I am still anxiously awaiting My Big Fat Greek Knitting Studio. I have a daughter in college and my shops help pay for her education as she studies Costume Design and Advanced Makeup Design.  As she heads off on her own, her bedroom is destined to become my dream studio!  My board allows me to keep ideas alive and at the ready!  Of course, she won't be able to move back home once I take over!  I have accumulated a mountain of yarn, books, patterns, tools and photo props over the last 30 years.  It's all over the house!  "PIGS" (projects in grocery sacks), a pile of custom orders, spiral notebooks galore with ideas, needles/hooks, small containers filled with stitch markers, beads and the like!  I've even got three dress forms!  I also have a very supportive and understanding husband.  God bless him....never complains, can make dinner while I say "just let me finish this row" and will sit in a yarn shop, holding my purse as I shop....WHILE WE'RE ON VACATION no less!  By the way, it will be called My Big Fat Greek Knitting Studio as I am fiercely half Greek and half Scottish.

You chicken coops board is very interesting. Do you own chickens?
That's just what we need....chickens!  Aren't chicken coops the most divine little things though?  It's just something fun to pin.  I so love the cuteness about them.  The design of these little chicken homes with the most beautiful, feathery fowl clucking around!  No, we don't have chickens, but I do love a good egg in any cooked form.

What have been some of your favorite knitting and crocheting pins?
Oh, the designer knitwear going down the runway in all it's squishy, fiber goodness!  The genius of it all.  The big, fat yarn scarves piled on the model.  The delicate, flowing gowns, the artsy fartsy, don't-know-what-that-is garment.  Yarn art, to be sure!  Remember what crochet looked like in the '70's?  The horror of it all!  Grannies everywhere in the most god-awful colors.  We've come a long way since then, I'm happy to say.  Don't get me wrong.....I was in my teens in the '70's and loved my granny poncho, but I much prefer the colors of today and the fashion forward styles.  I also love the great comeback of the granny square.  Just look at all the wonderful granny squares going down the runway, gorgeous!

Where do you find most of your pins?
I find them just about everywhere.  Blogs, websites and Pinterest mostly.  Facebook and online stores, too.  What on earth did we do before the internet?  One just keeps clicking away, getting led from one site to another.  After awhile, you can forget what you started out to do or look for. The next thing you know, an hour has gone by!  So many interesting things to look at and read about.

What excites you about collaborating with Craftsy?
I have been with Craftsy since its infancy and have loved every minute of it!  I am an instructor for the Classic Cabled Cowl Workshop, and it has been wonderful.  Meeting and talking to the students.  Helping them along the way as they learn a new technique.  It's been a joy.  I'm a HUGE Craftsy fan, to be sure and I'm proud to spread the word about its great team and its founders. The nicest people, great projects of all kinds, best workshops and classes (of all manner of crafts from food to quilts) and pattern store.  And the Craftsy Shop, well, fugetaboutit!  THE best deals for fabric and yarn, and now books!  I can't wait for the next thing you will be bringing your subscribers.  It's like waiting for the new season of Downton Abbey!  Collaborating with craftsy as a Guest Pinner.....priceless!


Pinner Kristin Link of sewmamasew
What inspired you to jump on the Pinterest train?
I joined Pinterest really early because everyone was talking about it on Twitter. It took me awhile to really get into it though.

What do you enjoy most about Pinterest?
I love the visual organization. We pinned for over a year without pre-planning our boards and it was a bit of a disaster. The more pins we added, the less useful our boards became. Last spring I renamed all our boards to follow an organizational method we use during our Handmade Holidays posts and I moved all our pins. It took me a couple of days, but it was well worth it. Now I feel like our boards are useful to us as well as our followers.

Have you sewn any of your pins?
Sure, we pin a lot of great tutorials! I've made bags, quilt blocks, clothing and more.

Which of your pins get repinned the most. Did you expect that?
I'm not sure which one got the most repins, but in general, bag tutorials are the most popular, along with baby items.

How often do you find yourself pinning?
I pin in fits and starts. Sometimes I browse a lot of blogs and pin everything I see. Other times it will completely slip my mind for weeks. I think a lot of it depends on how heavily involved I am in other social media. I've been following Instagram more lately, and my pinning has died down. I'll come back to it though--I have a lot of catching up to do!

What excites you about pinning with Craftsy this week?
It will be fun to share some of our favorite tutorials with the Craftsy crowd. I've also made a commitment to being a conscientious pinner and hope that comes through in my guest board. Around the time I reorganized our boards, I posted my Pinterest Pledge on our blog, which states:

I will do my best to:
Stay Organized
Test Links
Provide Attribution
Curate Well

I hope the Craftsy Pinterest followers will appreciate our commitment to making sure our carefully-selected pins all come from the source and link to the actual project.

So head over to Craftsy's Pinterest boards and stay tuned for our featured pinners on Monday of next week. And in case you missed it, learn more about our guest pinners from last week.

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