Last month I had the opportunity to review Reversible Color Crochet by Laurinda Reddig (you can see that post here.) I’m so excited to have Laurinda on the blog today! Laurinda is here to chat about her book and a little about herself too!
TSM: When did you learn how to crochet?
LR: “I learned to crochet from my Campfire leader when I was 11 or 12. She taught me to make granny squares, and I quickly moved on to trying to learn to read patterns. I would stop for long periods of time, and then pick it up throughout high school and college, when I had the opportunity to learn a new skill like lace, Tapestry crochet, and beading.”
TSM: What inspired you to write this book?
LR: “I have to thank my Tech Editor and Illustrator Charles Voth for giving me the idea to come up with a pattern that would teach the whole Reversible Intarsia technique. By the time I had finished designing the Learn Reversible Intarsia Sampler, I knew that it was the start of a whole book to teach the technique. I have written a few article for magazines on using the technique with half double crochets, but the book is the first place to tackle the double crochets I use for my more detailed colorwork images.”
TSM: Which pattern from the book is your absolute favorite?
LR: “My favorite of the 10 afghan projects in the book has to be Tyler’s Space Adventure. The original of this afghan was designed for my friend’s son following surgery, with the solid blocks all made by other mom friends. Whenever I show people the book, I always tell them to go to page 102 to see my own son’s original drawings that inspired many of the Space Themes Squares and were framed and hung on the wall for the photo shoot of that afghan.”
TSM: What’s currently on your hook?
LR: “Right now I am finishing an intarsia hat with a Georgia O’Keefe inspired flower on it to wear later this week when I will be volunteering in my son’s 4th grade classroom. I’m helping teach an art class where the kids will be making similar flowers in pastels.”
TSM: Will you be writing more books in the future?
LR: “Absolutely. My design ideas often seem to come in groups, so I’m driven to write more books to get them all out on paper. I also like the opportunity to get more in depth teaching new skills with the longer platform of a book. At the moment my biggest problem is too many ideas, and settling on which one to fully develop first.”
A HUGE thank you to Laurinda for joining us today! Learn more about Laurinda’s book here. To order a copy, visit the Interweave Store: