It’s time for another installment Behind the Skeins and this time with Lisa of My Fingers Fly! In this interview style segment of this blog, we chat with other crochet business owners to get a little look in on their life. I love getting to know other crochet designers and makers, and I love sharing what I learn with all of you!
Today we are chatting with Lisa of My Fingers Fly. Chatting with Lisa for this interview has been such a pleasure. I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to do this with me and for offering a little gift to my people! Make sure to read through to the end to see what she is offering.
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Lisa has such fun and whimsical designs, you can’t help but love them! I especially am in love with all of her adorable baby designs. I think you’ll love them, too!
Let’s kick off this Behind the Skeins interview so you can find out all of the reasons I love having Lisa in my circle and why you should, too.
….writing about my travels with a corresponding crochet pattern for each place I visited.
Hi Lisa! Let’s start this Behind the Skeins interview off easy – Tell me a little bit about who you are as a person, not as just a crocheter/crochet designer.
“I’m a native Texan, but I have lived in many places. Before the country shut down, our favorite hobby was traveling to concerts and sporting events. “
When did you learn to crochet? Did someone teach you or are you self-taught?
“My dad taught me the basics of crochet and knitting, but that’s all he knew. My mom taught me sewing and embroidery. A coworker taught me to read a crochet pattern when I was about 21, and it became my main hobby.“
Are you a righty or a lefty?
What inspired your business name?
“While working as a medical transcriptionist, I used My Fingers Fly as an email address. It seemed appropriate to carry on with that name when I started to design crochet patterns.“
When did you start your blog? What do you offer?
“About a year ago, I started writing about my travels with a corresponding crochet pattern for each place I visited. “
When did you decide to change from crocheting for fun to crocheting as a business? What inspired you?
“I designed so many patterns over the years for my children and extended family. It occurred to me that writing out the patterns and starting an Etsy shop could offer me a residual income when I’m ready for retirement.
What style or level of knowledge do you specialize in?
“‘Silly and sweet crochet designs’ is the tagline for my business. I love amigurumi and anything for babies and children. Many of my designs are day to day items translated into crochet, like a baby sweater to look like a firefighter’s uniform.“
What makes you happiest in terms of your business?
“New ideas come fast and furious, so publishing a new design is always a sense of accomplishment. “
Do you have a certain stitch that crops up in your designs more than others? A favorite stitch?
“I love to use hdc in clothing. It’s quicker than sc but more solid than dc. “
Sometimes the stash inspires me.
Which yarn and hooks are your favorites?
“F for baby clothing, G for amigurumi, H for adult clothing, J for blankets, M for blanket yarn.”
Is there anyone special who inspires you, not just with crochet but perhaps in style or imagination?
“Children – my own or someone else’s. Many of my patterns were originally designed for family members.”
Are you an online yarn purchaser or do you prefer to purchase your yarn in store?
“Depends. I’m a bargain shopper, so sometimes it’s where can I get the best deal. If I’m in a rush or need to see the colors in person, I’ll go locally. San Antonio is fortunate to have several locations of all 3 chains and also several LYS.” (Local Yarn Store)
Do you have a stash you like to work from or do you prefer to purchase yarn as a project presents itself?
“When planning something new, I’ll check my stash first. Sometimes the stash itself inspires me.”
What’s one challenge you’ve had in crocheting and how did you overcome it?
“Making video tutorials; I’m still working on that one.“
Which of your patterns would you say is your fan favorite?
“Horny Toad plush toy.”
Which of your patterns is YOUR favorite?
“I love horny toads, and the plush toy pattern was my first published design, so it’s special to me. The baby firefighter jacket was designed for my granddaughter, so that one is my true favorite.“
Do you take your crochet WIPs with you when you travel or do you give yourself a break?
“Always take something with me.”
Are there any patterns from other designers you love?
“Of course! There are so many talented crochet designers now. We used to have to wait for the monthly Crochet World to come in the mail or hope for a nice pattern on the yarn wrappers. With the amount of time I spend designing, it’s hard to have time to crochet patterns from other designers.“
What do you like to do while you crochet? (TV in background, read, podcasts, etc)
“Hubs watches TV after work, so I keep him company and crochet.”
What advice would you give to a brand new crocheter? Any tips?
“Don’t be intimidated by any stitch or pattern. Just take it one step at a time, and eventually you’ll get there.“
Just take it one step at a time.
Where is your favorite place to crochet?
“On the couch.“
What other hobbies do you have that bring you joy?
“Sewing and knitting occasionally. I’m practicing on an embroidery machine I bought last year but not good at it yet. Gardening is very therapeutic for me. I have 2 sizes of Addi knitting machines, and I really love making toys with them.“
Any exciting things coming up in your business? Or going on now?
“Currently working on patterns for an Easter crochet book to be released in March.”
If you had to tell your past self one thing, what would it be?
“You should have written down all those sweater designs that you made for your girls.“
I’d love to give a BIG “thank you!” to Lisa for taking the time out of her busy schedule to chat with me for this Behind the Skeins interview. I’ve really enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know more about her and her business and learning how she’s made a crochet project for the places she’s visited! How cool is that!?
And, because Lisa is awesome, she’s offered my readers a 50% discount on her Ravelry! Eeeek, I need to go shopping for patterns because her patterns are seriously so cute and my neighbor JUST had a baby so I have a baby to make things for! Use code FOXDEN on her Ravelry between now (2/15/2021) and 2/20/2021 to get 50% off a pattern. Yay!
One of my favorite things about the crochet community is that you aren’t competing or working against the other designers or makers. We are all here in this together and I have never been a part of a better community. It is always such a joy to get to know the other designers a little more intimately and I hope you enjoyed learning more about Lisa today.
Did you learn something exciting about Lisa today? Let us know in the comments!
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