Luz Meets: Crochet designer Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Happy Friday!

I am so happy to introduce a new feature to my blog, “Luz meets:… ” well… mainly very talented crochet designers!. In this series of blog posts I will be interviewing some of the designers I admire the most!, contrary to what you might think there is a lot of support and many words of encouragements between us online, one place where this is possible is Design Wars, I have met great professionals there so I wanted to share with you who they are.

First up is Susan Carlson of the Felted Button

If you like crochet and you like colour Susan is the girl for you!, she has an amazing eye for colour and colour combination. They say pictures talk louder than words, in this case it is so true!…

Susan Carlson Waikiki

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Say Hello

Hello! Thank you, Luz, for inviting me to share a bit about my love of all things colorful and yarny! I am a wife to a dear man and the mother of three “only” children as they are quite spread out in age–24, 15 and 7. My love of creating has always existed as I recall times as a child when I literally felt the NEED to create something and I would start digging through the house for the glue or paint or glitter or….

Why Crochet/Why Design

The first thing you should know about me is that my brain is VERY noisy. Like really noisy. It seems to constantly be buzzing with ideas and distractions. (OK, I might have ADHD.) But when I focus on something, I hyper-focus–until I get distracted. Crochet was that way for me, too. My granny taught me to crochet on a visit to our home one summer when I was a child. My first crochet project was a hideously long scarf for my dad. Apparently I didn’t know when to stop–something my teachers in school told me, too. I got a little distracted–for several decades running hurdles competitively around the world and teaching high school science–until I was inspired by some beautiful crochet blogs to get a hook and some yarn and try again. It was like heaven for my noisy brain. Calming, quieting and creative. But then I got really focused, trying my hand at all sorts of techniques and patterns. It was when my shelves and closets started overflowing with crocheted creations with no homes that Felted Button came to life. Why the name Felted Button? Simple. I love felting. And I love buttons. (I actually made myself a huge felted button to hang on my wall.) Not one to enjoy making the same thing again and again–it’s that distraction thing–designing something new each time I crocheted was the next logical step. And thankfully I had a very good Technical Writing professor in college to help in pattern writing.

Where does your inspiration come from

COLOR! It makes my heart happy! My eye is immediately drawn to the most colorful items in a store–especially a yarn store. I like mixing them and playing with them and rearranging my skeins of yarn to find just the right combinations. I look at nature. I look at fashion. I look at interior design. Although I am typically drawn to brights, sometimes the subtle tones of a neutral with a pop of color is delightful to me, too.

Favorite item you make over and over again

Blankets have been my obsession of late–see that hyper-focusing issue again. I think I am drawn to designing them because they feel like a blank canvas to me. I can “paint” with yarn and really get my creative jive on!

My favourite patterns are:

the Painted Pixels Blanket

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the flying colors blanket

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the Pointillism Posie

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Advice for a beginner

My advice for someone just getting started:

Don’t give up–watch YouTube videos, try a wide range of patterns that challenge your new skills, don’t let the little things frustrate you (like a stitch count that is off by one), and ENJOY the process of creating. It will quiet a noisy brain, heal a tired heart and keep restless hands busy. In the end you’ll be better off, and you’ll have something wonderful and tangible to share with others! Happy Hooking and Hugs!

You can find Susan’s amazing patterns on her Etsy, Ravelry and blog.

Thank you so much for sharing Susan!

CLOSED! Fall’s first pattern and a giveaway!

CLOSED! thanks to you all who took part!

Pattern winners are:

Amy Mason

Fran

Paris McSweets

Congratulations the pattern is on its way to you via email. thanks for taking part!

You can buy the pattern for only $3 on my Ravelry and Craftsy shops!, but hurry only for 24 hours!

We are back from holidays! and what a fantastic holidays it was!, I will try to put a few pictures together to show you where we went and what we did. I had some time to put my feet up and do some crocheting too!, wooo hooo!.

I have this project in my mind for a long time, so I decided this was the time to get it out!, I am very happy with the result, this is a very wearable fall/winter piece, perfect for layering, the crochet poncho/capelet is warm, cosy and very stylish, love how it has it’s own cowl as well, two pieces in one!

I will take some more pictures soon but I wanted to do a little giveaway!, make a comment on this post to enter, share this post with as many people as you like in facebook, twitter and /or pinterest, I will draw 3 winners of the pattern on friday 5th of September at 8pm GMT, good luck!

LuzPatterns.com Fall cowl poncho 181

Back to school! Oh yes I am ready!… well almost!…

This will be the second year my kids go to school, can you believe how quickly times goes by? I don’t have babies any more!, anyway last september was the girls first year and although their brother was in year 2 I wasn’t quite ready for all the stuff 3 children will need!. Obviously I make a tone of hats, scarfs, gloves… you name it! but the rainy and cold days came upon me so quickly that I had to buy some extra fleece ones to keep those heads covered!

This year I am determined I will have enough made by september!, I had quite a few things going at the moment, but I have finished this super easy but very effective cover up for the girls!. They love all things blue now because of Elza of course!, so when I asked what colour the ears and nose for the cat hat and cowl should be, there was a massive BLUE! shouted at me from across the room! here is it! first of many many autumn and winter designs from me: The Cat Hat and Cowl convo

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She couldn’t help herself here! she wanted to be a cat! :)

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The pattern includes both the crochet beanie and the cowl and I decided to keep things very simple for all those of you starting to crochet, I wanted to show you that ever with just basic knowledge you can make something practical and beautiful!

The pattern is now on SALE on my Ravelry and Craftsy shops for only $3, (normal price $4.99). You can also get it on Etsy.

Kindle book offer, 8 patterns book for only $0.99

Crochet Gift cover

 

Attention! all kindle owners!

Fancy 8 of my patterns for only for only $0.99?

For a very limited period of time you can get my new Crochet Gift kindle book for only $0.99. Contains 8 patterns:
2 slippers, 2 cowls, 2 fingerless gloves, the summer wrap and a slouchy hat which becomes a cowl.
This is the perfect book for the early autumn! but hurry offer ends soon!. Find the book here

How very pinteresting!

Are you on pinterest?, I cannot get enough!, I am forever browsing all the beautiful stuff people are making!, crochet (and knitting) take the most part of my time there, I thought of sharing with you what has kept me fascinated this week, enjoy it!

Makeup pouches by Anabelia  crochet pouches This owl rug is just brilliant!, I love it! pattern here owl rug   I love amigurumi and I love giraffes, (I think they are my favourite animal) pattern here giraffe   I wish I had more time to crochet for myself!, kids are always the first on the line! I would make something like this stunning cardigan!

cardigan

Love simple colourful crochet flowers, love this one!

crochet flower

If you are fancy keep up with my activity in pinterest, you can follow me here

Have a terrific weekend!

 

New fingerless gloves lace crochet pattern

A while back I told you that I was featured in Inside Crochet Magazine in here in the UK, finally my pattern is now available on my shops! you can buy the winter lace fingerless gloves on Ravelry and Craftsy for only $3! but hurry offer ends soon!

LuzPatterns.com winter lace fingerless gloves 2 LuzPatterns.com winter lace fingerless gloves 1 LuzPatterns.com winter lace fingerless glovesAlso on my Etsy store.