About the De­signer

Cindie Ben­nett

Crochet World - - Designer Spotlight -

Start­ing when I was a lit­tle girl, my par­ents would send me to visit my grand­par­ents on week­ends. And, while of course I en­joyed do­ing kid stuff, my grand­mother al­ways knew that she could find me on our crafty neigh­bor’s porch, watch­ing raptly as she worked on some fas­ci­nat­ing craft: paint­ing or carv­ing wood, mak­ing jew­elry or cro­chet­ing. I would sit pa­tiently no mat­ter the project, but I was com­pletely mes­mer­ized ev­ery time she cro­cheted. Fi­nally, when I was 9, she taught me to sin­gle cro­chet. And so she ig­nited my cro­chet spark.

But that spark my crafty neigh­bor lit re­mained smol­der­ing for a long time as I con­tin­ued to grow through my teens. I be­came in­volved with friends and sports­­—and boys. My cro­chet hook lay idle and grew dusty.

Fi­nally, in my mid-20s and preg­nant with my third child, I picked up my hook again. This time—I’m a lefty—I taught my­self how to cro­chet left-handed. Now I can’t go a day with­out my cro­chet projects. If I’m not ac­tu­ally cro­chet­ing, I’m talk­ing about cro­chet, teach­ing some­one to cro­chet or work­ing on a de­sign project.

In 2013, I started “Aca­demics of Yarn” and dis­cov­ered the sense of ac­com­plish­ment and ful­fill­ment that comes from teach­ing oth­ers about cro­chet.

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