For our latest project, we teamed up with five makers to create their own personal designs inspired by our new yarns Rodeo and Luna. We asked the women a variety of questions about their lives, their work, and their designs. Read more to learn more about Maria Weaber.
Founder of the blog (Maria's Blue Crayon)
Q.What is your name (Full) and Instagram account name(@”____”) Where are you from and current area of residency?
A. Maria Weaber @mariasbluecrayon
Born in Central PA where I currently reside
Q. Do you Knit, Crochet or Both?
A. I typically crochet, although I have learned how to knit in the past year. I haven’t gone farther than the basic stitches, but I do enjoy knitting as well.
Q. Why does the yarn ( Rodeo/Luna) resonate with you given the persona?
A. I think Luna resonates with me because I’m independent, I don’t follow the norms, and I enjoy thinking outside the box and doing things nobody has done before.
Q. Describe yourself in 3 words?
A. down to earth, genuine, creative
Q. What is the best memory you have from when you first began knitting/crocheting?
A. I remember picking up my mom’s crochet pieces that she was working on and she would show me how to make the stitches she was using. I was very young when my mom taught me how to crochet, so those moments of my mom teaching me will always be near and dear to me.
Q. What is the hardest thing you have ever made?
A. The hardest thing I ever made was an amigurumi unicorn. It was something I wanted to design on my own and it was a lot more complicated than I thought to get the shaping just right! I made the unicorn in pieces (body, head, legs) so it was really hard for me to see the end result until it was all together. I had more than a handful of end results until I was happy with the outcome!
Q. Why did you decide to begin your blog?
A. I decided to begin my blog because prior to writing patterns, I was selling my items and it was not easy to market my things. Instead of trying to further my marketing skills and finding my target audience, I decided it was much easier to share my patterns with a more accessible audience online. It was the best choice in the long run because I’d much rather create and design that make the same things over and over.
Q. What is some advice you could lend other makers seeking to do what you do (Going into this as a business and building your personal brand)?
A. The number one advice I would give someone is to not compare yourself to others doing the same thing as you. Everyone is at different stages in their journey and not everyone’s journey is going to look the same. Stay true to yourself and don’t give up!
Q. Tell us about your design and why you choose to make it?
A. I designed a really fun, flowy vest for the warmer seasons. I added a lot of airy stitches to make it flowy and breathable. The Luna yarn used is made with 100%acrylic so I wanted to make sure it was extra breathable and suitable for warm temperatures. I wanted to make a vest because you can style it more than one way depending what you wear underneath. Also, for those not comfortable wearing just a tank top in the dead of summer, this vest is great to put on over it!
Q.Tell us one thing you want readers to know about you that we haven’t covered in this interview?
A. Besides blogging and designing crochet patterns, I homeschool my son who has special needs. Blogging has been a blessing for me and my family. If I didn’t start this journey, I wouldn’t be able to stay home with my son and give him the education he needs. Not only that, but I battle with anxiety and depression and having a job outside of the home was nearly impossible for me. Crocheting has not only helped me cope but has become a way to support my family.
Stay tuned for Maria's final project reveal!
You can find more project and inspiration on Maria's Blog