Sharon Zientara, Author 3 Skeins or Less, Quick Crochet Accessories visited us on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. This was her first time visit, but her experiences in our fiber world is was not that of someone who hasn’t had learning opportunities.
Sharon learned to knit when her mom came and taught knitting her second grade class. Her mom, Sharon says is an amazing seamstress who did a little of everything. A friend had an alpaca farm in Colorado so she moved there to help out and get paid in yarn, knowing Interweave was nearby. She applied for an intership, worked with Eunny Jang, and moved along to Interweave Crochet, working also with Marcy Smith.
She moved to Seattle to work with Skacel in their new retail location Makers Merchantile. This was an opportunity to work with many teachers, like Franklin Habit and Cat Bordhi. Meeting June Hemmons Hiatt, who wrote Principles of Knitting, was life changing for her as she and June’s son met and feel in love, he moved to Seattle and they are working to further June’s work, updating and publishing a second edition of Principals, he redesigned The Knitting Belt.
Just last year (amazingly!) Sharon’s first book was published, It Girl Crochet (link to publisher, Interweave), followed by her current book is just out 3 Skeins or Less: Quick Crocheted Accessories both included patterns from a wide variety of designers, with varied collection of projects. She said her goal was great looking modern accessories, not strictly for women, and would make great gifts.
You can follow Sharon Zientara’s work in her Ravelry Designer page (where she admits to owning five cats).