Today on the Yarnthing Podcast with Marly Bird: Kristi Simpson, the designer behind RAKJpatterns!
Kristi taught herself to crochet 6 years ago after her daughter received a crochet scarf kit for Christmas. Her daughter kept bugging her to help her learn and when she finally did, she couldn’t but it down! She went from just crocheting for herself and family to opening a store on Etsy selling the items she made. This lead to selling her designs. Kristi has been published in several crochet magazines and has published one book, with another one coming out in May this year and she is working on another one (can’t tell you anything about that one yet!).
Her first book, Sweet and Simple Baby Crochet, was just published in October of last year. The book as 35 items for newborns to 1 year old babies and they range from garments like hats and sweaters to accessories like blankets and toys. (I have to say, the hat on the cover is super cute!) Her newest book is called Mommy and Me Crochet Hats and has 30 hat patterns size for both kids and adults.
Kristi doesn’t do this by herself, her husband was able to join her as her full-time business partner several years ago. They maintain their website, RAKJpatterns.com, their Etsy store, RAKJpatterns by Kristi Simpson, and their social media.
And we won’t forget the GIVAWAY! Leave a comment below with the keyword for your chance to win any three of Kristi’s patterns!
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