Profile of Laurel Hill friend & yarn crafter Danette Bartelmay
Our conversation took place over the phone with a distance of 1,265 miles between us, but talking with Danette Bartelmay was like sitting together on a cozy couch with a hot cup of tea. Her warmth and vitality carried over the miles as Danette shared her story, a richly woven tapestry of love, family and yarn crafting.
Danette’s passion for the fiber arts began at the age of 16 when the woman who eventually became her beloved mother-in-law taught her how to cross stitch. This gradually led to crewel and embroidery, a carefully stitched journey that ultimately resulted in learning crochet from her co-worker at a beauty salon. Then, about 30 years ago, she added knitting to her vast repertoire.
A certified crochet teacher by the Yarn Craft Council, Craft Yarn Council Danette has become so skilled that she not only teaches crochet out of her home, she can repair damaged projects, and even create patterns from existing pieces. In between, she devotes family time to her husband, two daughters, four grandchildren, and close-knit extended family.
Amazingly, she still has time to stock her Etsy shop, Front Porch Knits, and publish a blog entitled “Rose Petal Tea” . In addition, Danette knits for charity and participates annually in the local craft fair in Morton.
All of her accomplishments have not come without their challenges. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since she was nine years old, Danette also fights the pain of lupus on a daily basis. While a compromised immune system keeps this former bank teller at home much of the time, Danette’s doctor strongly encourages her to keep up with yarn crafting. For Danette, crochet and knitting are everything – she has created a world where friends and students gather round, enjoying each other’s company, learning and crafting together. It is warm. It is cozy. It is a community.
Of course we asked Danette about her fiber arts tools, and her response was very gratifying. She explained that she had been on a lifelong hunt for good quality crochet hooks – she never could find just the right ones. Then a few weeks before Christmas, she googled “rosewood or ebony crochet hooks” and discovered Laurel Hill. For Danette, there is no going back. She is “hooked” on Laurel Hill for so many reasons.
“I LOVE the length and weight of the hooks,” Danette enthuses. “Not too long, not too heavy and they glide just beautifully. And how amazing to learn that they are arthritis-friendly!”
Danette says she is very picky about the way hooks catch, and Laurel Hill’s easily let go.
“The hooks are made exactly right and I love the points, no other hooks have points like these,” adds Danette. “Plus, they are wood and so warm in your hands.”
Danette exclaims that she will not use any other crochet hooks but Laurel Hill’s. We’re delighted that she is so happy, and even more delighted to have a new and wonderful friend. Another cup of tea?
For more on the warm, comfortable and beautiful crochet hooks Danette uses, visit LaurelHillOnline.com