Rohn Strong is back with NEW Sock Book and sharing with us at the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird and he’s knocking our socks off!
Rohn started crocheting when he found a failed attempt of his mother’s to make an afghan for his dad. That afghan was never finished, but the fun was begun and he was off like a rocket!
He began with knitting a sweater for his mom, of super bulky yarn on very short straight needles. He says his partner encouraged him to pick it up when he put off knitting and crocheting for awhile. Charles Voth asked Rohn for a design while he was at Inside Crochet. In 2013 he went with Marly to TNNA…. in just three years, he went from creating a few designs to SO, SO MUCH MORE and he really has an appreciation for what’s happened to him in such a short time.
Rohn says he was watching Alex Tinsley on a podcast sharing her designing experience and he decided he needed to do that also. He designed a collection of men’s hats, not as a career. For a period of time he plodded through with minimal success, believing that designing more patterns was the way he should go. At a point he says he found where he needed to be and things just took off!
Working with Annie’s Catalog came about because a friend shared his work with a friend, who shared it with…. He created an online class with them of Tunisian Crochet which goes beyond the basic techniques (he actually recommends a class with Kim Guzman to learn) with color changing patterns. Next up was his New Methods for Crochet Socks book which he will soon begin filming an online class to go with it.
Recently, he filmed for the Knit and Crochet show (with Robin Chachula, Kristin Nicholas, Ellen Gormley and Lena Skvagerson) which has undergone some changes, and filming has begun with it’s new host Deborah Norvile. Here is the link to his blog post where he shared his excitement about that experience.
Rohn is learning about crochet and learning how it works and the shapes crochet creates, but also continuing to learn how to teach others. He shared that he has future online classes and books to come. Check out the patterns listed in New Methods for Crochet Socks in Ravelry, purchase in Annie’s Craft website or Amazon (Kindle edition available).
IF you missed getting to hear this live, please take time to hear this episode in the archive: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/07/21/rohn-strong-is-back-with-new-sock-book or iTunes.