Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: Crochet expert Brenda K. Anderson!
Brenda K. Anderson learned to crochet from her mother when she was a little girl. She crocheted for a while but then stopped for a long time. In the meantime she had taken up sewing (it was a bit quicker for someone with a short attention span). Right about when the first Stitch n’ Bitch book came out, Brenda rediscovered her crochet things and saw the skull sweater in Stitch n’ Bitch. That sweater instantly grabbed Brenda and she called her mom (always crafty) and asked her to teach her to knit. Soon after learning to knit, she saw an issue of Interweave Crochet, discovering that crochet didn’t all have to be acrylic sweaters and granny square potholders. Always a designer (she even when to college for Fashion Design), becoming a crochet designer became the natural next step. And she doesn’t just design for crochet, she also designs knitwear and for her day job.
Brenda’s day job has got to be one of the coolest job on the planet. She is a costume designer for the puppets and performers at Sesame Street Live as well as other characters like mascots (most of this is hush-hush so that is all we can say). A few weeks away from graduating college, she got a call from a woman who offered her a job which eventually lead to her current job. So she gets to use her degree for both of her careers.
Over the last few years, Brenda’s designs have appeared in many many places including Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, Interweave Knits, Stitching in the Stacks, Crochet Me, Crochet at Home and her very own book. Her book just recently came out and is called Beastly Crochet: 23 Critters to Wear and Love. This book if full of really awesome designs like the Sugar Skull Shoulder Bag and the Tiki Head Bolster. In addition to bags and home items, there are wearables like hats and little crochet monsters. The guys on the cover are particularly popular and a great first felting project. They are also great little organizers as they are hollow! Such a neat idea. There is also a great section on how to get your creatures/projects to look how you want. Some people don’t naturally get how to make faces and need a little extra help and that is what this extra section gives you. Brenda also did a video tutorial with Interweave called 3D Crochet that goes over some of those finishing techniques.
Important links from today’s show:
- Brenda’s designer page on Ravelry
- Sesame Street Live webpage
- 3D Crochet video purchase page
- Marly’s Knit-a-Long on Craftsy, the Belo Casamento Shrug
And we can’t forget the Giveaway! Leave a comment below with Brenda’s keyword for your chance to win your own copy of Beastly Crochet!
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