Inspired by New Ideas

When it comes to knitting and crochet, Paula Susan Lesko Meyers does not hesitate to seize a new idea and run with it. A self-described “Renaissance woman,” Paula mines the internet for the latest patterns and the highest quality fiber arts tools, unafraid to try anything at least once.  Her vast internet research is what led her to Laurel Hill where she was thrilled to discover her new “gorgeous set of wood crochet hooks” that she says are “so lovely and warm in my hand.”

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Paula added, “I love, love, love them – they are so comfortable to hold.  The artisans who create these handmade wood hooks are extremely skilled in their craft.”

Those accolades are not to be taken lightly, especially when they come from an experienced yarncrafter like Paula. Spending cozy childhood summers in the Pocono Mountains, Paula learned to knit and crochet from her aunt/godmother before she was 10 years old. She caught on immediately, asking for spare yarn, extra hooks and whatever pattern books she could get her hands on. Her first projects included pet toys for the family’s menagerie. Off and running, Paula began trying out new ideas and new patterns as fast as she could find them.

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A former administrative assistant who now has more time to explore her many interests, Paula’s repertoire of projects has grown substantially to include: pot scrubbers, dish cloths, material lined crochet purses, crochet evening clutches, rosary pouches, rag rugs, and so much more. She has even delved into “plarn,” bags and door mats crocheted from plastic bags for recycling.

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Plarn: Crafts crocheted from plastic bags for recycling!

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Paula has amassed so many patterns and projects that she keeps a cache of three-ring binders on hand for reference! And when she is not yarncrafting, one can often find Paula in her garden or creating colorful floral arrangements. As she says, “I embrace everything.”

Mindful of those less fortunate, Paula devotes a great deal of time crocheting projects for local church auctions, and she also creates “silent” rosaries for members of the military. We learned that soldiers out on missions have to be absolutely quiet to protect themselves – hence the need for crocheted rosaries that do not click together during prayers. Kudos to Paula for fulfilling that special need!

Anticipating an upcoming move from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, Paula has already started planning how she will move all her binders and yarncrafting accessories. As an inspiring and inspired Renaissance woman, she is determined to continue her passion uninterrupted! 

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Thinking Outside the Stitch: Profile of Laurel Hill friend & yarn crafter Carole Fanning

In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. With that premise in mind, Carole Fanning is most definitely a master in yarn crafting. Nearly half a century ago, when Carole was expecting her first child, her husband suggested she take up knitting. “Isn’t that what pregnant women are supposed to do?” he queried. And the rest is history.

Carole immersed herself in books and magazines, promptly teaching herself how to knit. Soon after, she went rogue and instead of following patterns to a tee, she deftly figured out how to do things her way, improving on every project she took on. Some years later she taught herself crochet and has participated in and led a myriad of knit and crochet groups along the way.

Carole created the pattern knitted this beautiful baby blanket.
Carole created the pattern and knitted this beautiful baby blanket.

Fast forward to today, Carole lives in the Georgia mountains where she teaches knitting and crochet, bakes world-class wedding cakes, makes filet crochet lace-enhanced porcelain figurines and much more.

“I love to make things,” she explains.

Always a leader, Carole shares a story of a favorite yarn shop that had to shut down, leaving her yarn crafter group “homeless.” Instead of giving up, Carole went to the coffee shop down the street and asked if they could open on Mondays, a day when they were usually closed, if she promised to bring a bevy of crafty women who craved coffee and treats during their sessions. The group was back in business in no time.

Carole’s knit and crochet projects are beautifully crafted, heirloom quality and truly treasured by the recipients of her gifts. One sweet example is a collection of layette sets she made for triplet girls, color appropriate for their names: Violet, Rose and Ivy. So treasured were these outfits by the family that although the girls have long grown out of them, they now adorn three prominently displayed Cabbage Patch dolls.

Originally knitted for triplets Ivy, Rose and Violet, Carole's beautiful creations now adorn the girls' collectible dolls.
Originally knitted for triplets Ivy, Rose and Violet, Carole’s beautiful creations now adorn the girls’ collectible dolls.

A lover of natural fibers, Carole explains that she is a “wood fanatic” who is loyal to Laurel Hill because their fiber arts tools are “SO smooth, SO beautiful and they move very easily without worrying that the stitches will move off the needles or hooks.”

Carole adores her complete collection of Laurel Hill wooden hooks in their “gorgeous” case. She exclaims that after discovering Laurel Hill at an Atlanta yarn show more than five years ago, Carole says she will never go back to metal.

What’s next for Carole? She has numerous projects in the works and dozens of students who depend on her generous advice. Carole embraces her role as a mentor and is the epitome of #StitchItForward to continue her yarn crafting legacy.

Carole’s words of advice ring true whether one is discussing knitting, crochet or life:

“Don’t be afraid to try.”

“You can do it.”

“You don’t have to follow the pattern – use your judgment and make it work for you.”

For more on the exotic wood knitting needles and crochet hooks Carole uses, visit LaurelHillOnline.com

Today’s Highlight: Fiber arts tools from Laurel Hill that offer comfort for your hands

Like music to your hands:

Laurel Hill features Symfonie Rose Cubic knitting needles

Lovely Symfonie Rose Cubics single-pointed needles
Lovely Symfonie Rose Cubics single-pointed needles
Symfonie Rose Circular Needles
Symfonie Rose Circular Needles

Those with arthritis or joint or muscle pain in their hands will welcome these beautiful knitting needles from Laurel Hill. With the strength of birch wood and the beauty of rosewood, Symfonie Rose Cubic needles are highlighted by sharp points and an easy-to-hold shape. As a result of their unique design, Symfonie Rose needles are included in Laurel Hill’s selection of arthritis-friendly fiber arts tools.

Made by hand, the Symfonie wood needles reflect the same quality as Laurel Hill’s vast selection of knitting needles and crochet hooks. Because these needles are resistant to water absorption, they cannot warp and remain straight and strong for years of use.

The Symfonie Rose Cubics are offered in rosewood textured densified laminated wood in needle sizes from 2.0mm (US 0) to 8.0mm (US 11). For further details and to view the video visit:

http://www.laurelhillonline.com/dreamz-symfonie-rose-cubics/

Have you tried these or any of Laurel Hill’s other fiber arts tools?  Please let us know what you think!  More soon!

Hello, Knitters & Crocheters from Laurel Hill Knitting & Crochet News!

Hello, Knitters & Crocheters! I am delighted to contribute to Laurel Hill Knitting & Crochet News. We look forward to providing you with the latest trends in knitting needles and crochet hooks, yarn crafters’ stories and exciting new projects.

I am grateful and happy to join the Laurel Hill team – a group of great people who comprise an innovative, environmentally friendly company dedicated to producing the highest quality exotic handmade knitting needles, crochet hooks, and accessories. As a socially responsible company, Laurel Hill sources natural sustainable products at affordable prices (www.LaurelHillOnline.com). Plus, they are a pleasure to look at, to hold, and to create beautiful results!

Knitted baby dress
Knitted baby dress
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Knitted throw with cables

A little about me: When I was 15, the fabulous woman who would one day become my mother-in-law shared her love of knitting and patiently taught me.  I quickly associated knitting with a warm, loving environment where I felt safe and learned to revel in the “zen” of yarn craft.  To this day, the touch of yarn enhanced by the gentle clicking of needles can take away the day’s stress in an instant. In my work life I am a public relations professional who loves to write content, work with the media and help my clients grow their businesses.  Working with Laurel Hill will allow me to fulfill both my passions!

I am excited about the opportunity and truly look forward to opening a dialogue with you, our readers, and learning more about what you are looking for in the world of knitting needles and crochet hooks.

As one of my favorite knitters once said, “My needles are as much a part of my craft as my yarn.” We hope you agree!

Looking forward to sharing news and getting your feedback. Happy yarn crafting!

All the best,

Phyllis