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whimsy2012 (coupon code) Buy one pattern, get one FREE!
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About My Shop:
Mimi Wilson & Kate Denne, mother and daughter team, are the creators of "Whimsy Woolies". Myself being the artisan and Kate the queen of computer savey, allowed my dream to become a reality in this high tech world. I design crochet patterns, that are trendy with a touch of vintage and whimsy, for all to create!!!
Behind the Scenes at the Shop:
Inspired at a very young age by my protegee, Mimi Foort, my namesake, who was an amazingly talented and spirited Lebanese woman. She lived on Quadra Island, across Discovery Passage from my home. I am reminded of the kerosene lantern, the spinning of the wheel and the smell of fleece. Mimi taught me to knit, crochet and spin. I was 19 when I opened my yarn shop, taught others my crafts, and had a design company for a number of years. This was prior to the web, when it was a great effort to market your talent. I was fortunate enough to sell my designs both in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., but burnout hit and I lost my creative spark for a number of years. Then along came my sweet grandchildren, who have re-ignited my flame. I read a quote as well, by George Elliot, "It's never to late to be what you might have been". I want to leave a legacy, my patterns, a book, something to hold in your hands, a craft that I hope will ignite your creativity. I want everyone to be able to create and enjoy my Whimsy Woolies as much as I have in their creation. Happy Hooking Mimi
Tips and Tricks
- 1st project - Your first experience with crochet must be with a beginner pattern, a medium sized hook, ex. 4.5 or 5mm, and a non-textured yarn. I have created a pattern titled "My First Hat" which was created especially for the first time crocheter in mind, a project that you will complete and be proud of!!!
Rain Blanken, DIY Fashion Guide, says:Thank you so much for sharing your story and your work with us. The people in our lives who breathe the inspiration back into us, like your grandchildren, are truly a blessing.
'It's never too late to be what you might have been'. Indeed! Thank you, Mimi for reminding me.