First I want to thank all of our Lavish Lace test knitters as well as all of the designers who contacted me with offers to co-author our second treasury of lace patterns. Remember: we still have our “Name the Lavish Lace Sequel” contest still going on, but keep in mind that the contest ends on the 9th of December! To enter, simply follow this link and, in the comments, tell us what you think the sequel to Lavish Lace should be named!
I have chosen a co-author for the new book, Sharon Mooney of Redlands, CA. You may know her from Ravelry–she has almost 200 designs there, or from her store Hands On Knitting. In case you don’t know Sharon, I have asked her to provide a little bit of information about herself.
Cheryl: Sharon, I am so glad to welcome you to this project. We’ve crossed paths many times before. Would you like to offer a few highlights?
Sharon: Knitting is my life.I’ve sold several thousand of my patterns online. I own Knitting Knoodle – a little pattern company of my designs. I’ve designed for Cheryl Marschke, owner of Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, and for Bonnie Franz’s “Stranded”.
One of my patterns was featured in Vogue Knitting’s New and Knitworthy section (by Cherry Tree Hill). I have had designs in a Stitches West and a TNNA fashion show (entered by Cherry Tree Hill). I’ve got patterns in the books “Special Little Knits from Just One Skein”, “Broken Circle Trilogy, Volume 1”, “Ribbon Style”, and “60 Quick Knits From America’s Yarn Shops”. I’ve also designed for Jojoland, Brown Sheep, Frog Tree Yarns, Chameleon Colorworks, SWTC, Red Barn Yarn, and Knit Picks, one of the designs having been featured in a Knit Picks catalog. I had a bootee and hat set published in Knit n Style’s August 2010 issue. I am so thankful to my lovely Mom for teaching me to knit as a little kid!
Cheryl: How did you get started in the industry?
Sharon: I was offered my first job in a knitting/stitchery shop when I was 21. Thus began my knitting career. I previously owned another successful shop, and I currently own one. I designed counted cross stitchery before I became a knitwear designer. I also like watercolor painting, gardening, and stitching of several types.
Cheryl: What else can you tell us about your background you?
Sharon: I come from an Air Force family, we were all born in different locations, and I have lived in the US (Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Michigan, New York, central California), England (my mother is from London), Germany (my husband and I met and were married in Germany). He is retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. We have one daughter, Mandy. She is my sweetie! (Mandy is currently serving in the Army at the Defense Language Institute). We settled finally in Southern California.
I, along with my partners, Sue Boulware and Molly Conroy-Ungerecht, own a superb, full-service yarn shop called Hands On Knitting Center in Redlands, California.
Please join us in welcoming Cheryl into the Lavish Lace world!!