Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten remembers watching her grandmother as she crocheted, creating fabric by running yarn across a hook. Later in life, this inspired Andrea to learn to crochet. She’s come a long way and even has some of her work being published and displayed. Her first pattern accepted for publication was “Celia’s Scarf,” named in honor of her mother-in-law who passed away in 1992 from breast cancer. It was published in the Think Pink, which was published in 2008. Since then she has created patterns for books and magazines, publishers, as well as websites. How cool is that?
Andrea has written a couple blog posts for us here at Stitch & Unwind too! You can learn how to spin your own yarn in her article Simple Spindle Spinning: Learn how! and you can find some great scrap projects in Holiday Scrap Yarn Projects.
Kitchen Scrubbie – If you’re tired of those plastic and grimy kitchen scrubbers or sponges, this pattern is just for you. These scrubbies will be gentle on your hands and are easily washable so you can keep on reusing them day after day. This pattern is super easy and will help you use up those extra scraps you have laying around. Hang them out to dry or throw them in your dryer when you need to wash them. You’ll be so glad you made these scrubbies!