JOUR­NAL: TWINKIE CHAN

Cro­chet is for all sea­sons, but plan­ning for the colder months makes Twinkie Chan very happy in­deed…

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oh, yes! I’m so ex­cited that fall is com­ing! The leaves on the trees don’t re­ally change colour in amaz­ing dis­plays around here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but all the dec­o­ra­tions in the craft stores start fill­ing with warm or­ange hues and spicy, cin­na­mon scents – plus, it’s ex­actly the time to start cro­chet­ing my most favourite and sig­na­ture projects of all: SCARVES!

More on that later. This sum­mer, I had the plea­sure of col­lab­o­rat­ing on a fun, warm-weather col­lec­tion with one of my favourite in­die chil­dren’s cloth­ing brands, Tiny Bangs (tiny­bangs.com), based in Los An­ge­les. They asked if I could dream up some food-themed bikini tops for five-to-nineyear-olds. I’d never worked on any bikini projects be­fore, or projects for chil­dren, so I was ex­cited to ex­plore some­thing new. It was cer­tainly a chal­lenge to vi­su­alise siz­ing and fit, but I think ev­ery­thing turned out su­per cute and funny!

MY FIRST LOVE

While I’ll never say no to the thrilling en­ergy of a good col­lab, I’m re­ally ex­cited now about hav­ing time to write new and never-seen-be­fore scarf pat­terns for fall and win­ter. Food-themed scarves are my first love. They were the first projects that I ever put out into the world back in 2005.

I pre­fer cro­chet projects that are use­ful. I wanted to bring the cute­ness of amigu­rumi to wear­able art for adults, since grown-ups de­serve to have fun with their fash­ion, too. Some­how along the way, I was asked more and more to cre­ate pat­terns and video classes for ac­tual amigu­rumi. While I find toy-mak­ing fun, it wasn’t re­ally the path that brought me the most joy. When run­ning a busi­ness, it’s im­por­tant to lis­ten to what your cus­tomers want and what the mar­ket de­mands, but as an artist, it’s equally im­por­tant to pur­sue what re­ally ex­cites you. I need to be re­minded of that some­times!

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

What I love about a fun, imag­i­na­tive scarf project is that it’s such an in­clu­sive ac­ces­sory – no ex­act di­men­sions re­quired! A per­son of any size, age or gen­der can wear one. Just one pat­tern can be­come a gift for lit­er­ally any­body on your birth­day or Christ­mas list. I’ve even been sent pho­tos of one

of my scarves on some­one’s dog (I re­ally wish I still had that photo to show you!).

HOL­I­DAYS ARE COM­ING…

With the fes­tive sea­son swiftly ap­proach­ing (sorry, but it’s true!), cro­chet­ing for gifts and dec­o­ra­tions for fall and win­ter is a high pri­or­ity. While my themed scarves al­ways make ex­cel­lent presents, I have some other tried-and-true projects that I’ll re­visit in the next few months, too.

For Hal­loween, I’ll usu­ally whip up some tiny cro­cheted pump­kins to use as both dé­cor and as unique hair clips. My jack-o’-lantern beret is also ex­tremely pop­u­lar dur­ing this time of year, and you can have fun with vary­ing the shapes of the eyes and nose. For Thanks­giv­ing, my top favourites are my turkey hat and turkey tis­sue box cosy – as you can imag­ine, a sense of hu­mour is a must when you cro­chet one of my pat­terns!

For Christ­mas, I’ll make a TON of pop­corn gar­lands. It’s a quick and easy pat­tern that you can take with you any­where to max­imise your craft­ing time. My lucky Christ­mas pick­les or­na­ments and gin­ger­bread men brooches are also quick makes, ex­tremely ir­re­sistible and make ev­ery­body smile. Make up one of Twinkie’s sea­sonal projects for your­self by down­load­ing the pat­tern from her Etsy shop, www. twinkiechan.etsy.com. You can keep up with Twinkie via her blog, www.twinkiechan.com

dream “They asked if I could up some food-themed bikini tops for kids.” “As an artist, it’s im­por­tant to pur­sue what ex­cites you...”

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about hav­ing time to write new pat­terns.”

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