I have been knitting since I was about 8 years old. My mother taught me to knit and my parents encouraged me to explore all kinds of arts & crafts activities by providing me with the materials that I needed to create. As a girl, I loved to sew (I spent hours using my mother’s sewing machine making clothes for my dolls), knit, draw and paint. In high school, I spent all my extra time at school hanging out in the art room. In college, I worked at a cute little yarn store and I still have some yarn in my stash that I bought at that store…way too many years ago!
I love giving hand knit gifts to my friends and family. In these days of mass produced gifts (that often require a plug-in cord or battery) it is nice to give something that is truly one-of-a-kind. I love to see the smile on their faces when they open the gift I made for them.I live in Kansas with my husband and two teenage children. I enjoy knitting (of course!), teaching my daughter to sew, going to my son’s sporting events, baking, making jam in the summer, making homemade gingerbread houses in December, taking photos and going to the beach (not in Kansas!).
About my patterns:
The constant through all of my patterns is a desire to write clear directions so you will be successful. I use row by row knitting directions in standard US terms. All abbreviations are explained in the pattern. (However, I try not to overuse abbreviations.) I make every effort to lists the skills needed for each pattern in my pattern listings so you will know what to expect. If there are steps in the pattern which go beyond the required skills and might be new to you, I include lots of photos with step-by-step instructions to guide you through every step of the process.
By the time I finish writing a knitting pattern, I have made the item at least twice (often many more times!) and I have spent many hours writing the pattern, taking photos, and carefully scrutinizing every detail of the knitted item and the final document. My hope is that these efforts will make it easy for you to knit the item, help you learn new skills and result in you being proud of your finished project.
Fifty Four Ten Studio:
Fifty Four Ten Studio is named for the house number of the home my grandparents purchased in 1950, when my mother was a young girl. They had lived in a one bedroom apartment hotel for many years and this was the first home they owned. Still today, many years after the home was sold, my mother and her sister refer fondly to their childhood home by the house number…5410.
This is an old photo of their house....
I'd love to hear from you! You can reach me at: FiftyFourTenStudio@gmail.com.