SPECIAL Episode: Robyn Chachula joined Marly at a unique time for the Yarn Thing podcast which just makes our Monday Awesome!
Robyn says she’s always been crafty. As a structural engineer professionally, specializing in historic restorations, she says she learned to knit and moved on. And until fourteen years ago, even though her mother crocheted, she hadn’t found her IT craft, but when she did, it snowballed.
Once she felt she had it figured out, she began submitting patterns to magazines, and recalls working with Kim Werker as an editor, then books, and tv shows… It’s a good thing too, because in 2009, as we saw with the economy, half of those in her field of engineering were laid off. As she and her husband BOTH were in that field they felt it was not a smart idea and that Robyn’s pursuing a career in crochet at that time could be a good thing. Plus they started having kids, so lots of life changes, which now means she is a Stay-At-Home Mom as well as crocheting full time
Her newest book, Vintage Modern Crochet, (link to view the designs in Ravelry) combines her love of history (remember she loved the historic restorations?) and crochet. Robyn has collected patterns that really demonstrated unusual ways crochet could be. Some of that designs are a little more complicated, but all stretch what we know particular techniques can do. For instance, Robyn’s own designs in the book include jewelry! For instance the Temperance Jewelry, which features an Irish Crochet look that can be created in any modern color pallet to complete an outfit. Moon Eldridge contributed a beautiful shift, Cyrine Striped Dress, Robyn says the stripes incorporated in the fabric prevent it from stretching and being too sheer. Brenda KB Anderson’s Aine Fascinator would be perfect for a special occasion like prom or a wedding. Tunisian crochet makes a great classic pullover, in Fleur Swing Top by Megan Granholm. Robyn’s own Field Cardigan features filet crochet in a raglan style. The pattern featured on the cover, from Anastasia Popova The Zoe Cardigan is a modern take on the pineapple crochet cardigan that Anastasia’s own grandmother made. The Priya Cowl by Robyn is from a class she teaches about entrelac, featuring four tunisian lace crochet. Finish that cowl with vintage buttons and you’re ready to go retro!
We can hear a few of the previous visits with Robyn Chachula, from April 2009, from December 2010 or from October 2011. You can follow Robyn at her website: www.crochetbyfaye.com and her Ravelry designer page. Don’t forget she is the Crochet Expert on Knit & Crochet Now, that Deborah Norville is hosting!
If you missed getting to hear this live, it’s still available as an archive where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/04/25/special-episode-robyn-chachula-returns or in your favorite podcast catcher like iTunes or Stitcher Radio.