APC Newsletter - May 2019
Anti-Pilling Club Maker Spotlight
Here at Premier®, we love engaging with our club members to see their creations, learn more about who they are, and what inspires them. Our APC Club Maker Spotlight series highlights our club members and their passion for anti-pilling yarn.
Q: Who are you?
Hi! I’m Asia Martinez, I currently live in South Florida with my husband, Josue, two chihuahuas, and two cats. I mainly crochet but I am also learning to knit which has been really fun. I love to make handmade gifts for my friends and family and I also donate my makes when and where I can. I love taking a ball of yarn and turning it into something that people can cherish for years to come, whether its a practical gift like a hat or scarf or just something to bring a bit of joy, like amigurumi.
(Asia with her Mom)
Q: How did you get interested in (knitting, crocheting, crafting)? How did you learn?
I first became interested in crocheting when I was in elementary school and I saw my mother crocheting a rug out of old blue jeans. I was so fascinated by it and I instantly wanted to try it out. She took me with her to the store and we bought a skein of yarn, a hook, and a small book which had all of the basic stitches in it. I would sit on my bed and practice chaining for hours. I continued on and off with crocheting through my childhood but really went back to it when my husband and I got engaged. I knew that I wanted to include some handmade lace to my wedding dress that my mother-in-law was making for me, so myself along with my sisters-in-law crocheted all of it. Ever since then, I haven’t put my hook down.
Q: Who/What inspires you?
I would say that I am most inspired by the person I am making the project for. I always try to think about them and what they would enjoy having. And of course the yarn also inspires me! How can you walk past it and not want to just dive into a new project?
Q: Favorite Premier Yarn?
I would say the Everyday Anti-Pilling Yarn is my favorite. It comes in so many different colors that you can use it for anything! I also love the fact that these projects hold up really well. You don’t have to worry about it looking worn out after a few washes. I am currently anxiously awaiting some happy mail which includes some of the Plaid Planned Pooling Yarn and I can’t wait to give that a try.
Q: What other hobbies do you enjoy?
I am an avid reader and always have been. I was lucky that my mother always encouraged me to be creative and to read, and both of these things have stuck with me into adulthood. I also love playing with my pets and spending time gardening with my husband.
Q: What’s your favorite yarn project to make?
I love making garments, especially cardigans. I am almost never without a cardigan and its nice to wear one that I made myself. I have also gotten into pattern testing for designers which allows me to make things I probably would not have tried to make on my own which has been a ton of fun.
Q: Where is your favorite place to crochet?
I will work on a project just about anywhere, but I love to just sit on my couch after a long day’s work and watch a movie and play with yarn.
Q: Any tips?
Don’t be afraid to try new things! Even though it is easy and nice to sit in your comfort zone and work on the same type of projects, you can always learn something new! I recently tried Tunisian Crochet for the first time, I messed up and lot and frogged everything by the end of it, but it was fun! I got to try new techniques and it encouraged me to keep trying because no one gets it perfectly right on the first try.