My name is Connie and I live in beautiful North Carolina. As long as I can remember I have had the crafting bug. I learned to sew as a teenager and even made my own Easter dress one year. With my mom’s guidance and help it was a success. My mom also taught me to crochet as a teen, but I only dabbled at making afghans which would get pushed to the back of the closet and take me forever to finish.
Once I was married and had my first daughter, it seemed I was always sewing her new dresses to wear to church and school. Of course she soon grew up and suddenly didn’t want “homemade” dresses. I seem to always have some type of craft project going and dabbled in ceramics, cross stitch, smocking, etc. It wasn’t until 2006 when my daughter was about 25 that I picked up crochet again. I saw the “Lilliana” shrug and had to make it for her. I couldn’t believe that I made it on my own in a week without my mom’s help! Suddenly all things crochet just seemed to click and I had a new found love for fiber.
I had always wanted to learn how to knit, but couldn’t seem to get the hang of it, so in 2004 I discovered looming. Soon I had every loom you could think of and starting designing my own looming patterns. My first 5 character scarf patterns took off and thus began my designing career. I now have over 17 looming patterns for sale at my website Bee Happy Designs. Then in 2007 I learned to needle knit and discovered a great fiber community called Ravelry. I started my own coffee house crochet/knitting group called Knit Nuts and we meet once a month to share our love of fiber. Many of those ladies I met via Ravelry.
Now I design crochet and knitting patterns as well and sell them at www.conicuts.etsy.com and in my Ravelry store as well as my website Bee Happy Designs. I always get asked which I like better, crochet or knitting? To which I answer both! I think both have their own distinct look and I love to incorporate both at the same time in many of my projects. I even taught my mom to needle knit at the age of 67. Which proves you are never too old to learn something new!
I love to teach other’s to crochet and knit and seem to have a knack for teaching in a way that they tend to all of a sudden just “get” it. I started making instructional videos for youtube in 2007 and recently for AllFreeCrochet.com
One of my knitting patterns “Carousel Beret” was recently featured in “1000 Fabulous Knit Hats” by Rockport Publishing, presented by Annie Modesitt. I don’t consider myself a professional by any means and I think there is always something new I can learn. I can’t imagine life without creating something with my hands with love from my heart! I thank the Lord daily for giving me the talent to make a living with my crafts and to share that talent with others. You can always keep up with what I am up to at my blogs where I share my love of crafting.
Videos at AllFreeCrochet
How to Crochet a Chainless Foundation
How to Crochet a Chainless Foundation Using Half Double Crochet Stitches
How to Crochet a Chainless Foundation with Double Crochet
How to Crochet a Crab Stitch
How to Crochet an I-Cord
How to Crochet a Scarflette: Part 1
How to Crochet a Scarflette: Part 2
How to Crochet a Scarflette: Part 3
How to Crochet a Scarflette: Part 4
How to Make Springtime Coasters: Part One
How to Make Springtime Coasters: Part Two
How to Make Springtime Coasters: Part Three
How to Make Springtime Coasters: Part Four
How to Make Springtime Coasters: Part Five
How to Make a Pinwheel Coaster: Part One
How to Make a Pinwheel Coaster: Part Two