Welcome to Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Kristine of AMbassador Crochet.
Kristine Mullen is a homeschooling mom of six children, and lives on a quiet lake in Northeastern Connecticut. Besides crocheting, she enjoys photography, and spends much of her time at the dance studio with her five daughters. You can find her online at www.ambassadorcrocht.com.
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SDC: Tell us a little bit about your crochet experience such as when did you start to crochet and how long you’ve been crocheting?
Kristine: My mother taught me to crochet when I was 5. I picked it up again when I was pregnant with my first daughter in 2001 and I haven’t stopped crocheting since. I began my design career in 2007.
SDC: Who has influenced you either as a crocheter or designer?
Kristine: Jocelyn Sass (Jocelyn Designs) and Shilo Horsman (Shilo’s Gifts and Notions). Jocelyn has been a huge blessing. She helped me realize where my true passion was in this industry, and then encouraged me to go in that direction and encouraged me the entire way. Shilo nudges me and knows exactly when to push me, and always encourages myself.
SDC: What inspires your crochet designs?
Kristine: Some people base their designs on things (flowers) or places (architecture). I usually get my ideas from people. It may be their personality, something they love, their favorite color combinations, or all of the above.
SDC: As a designer, it’s pretty hard to chose what your favorite design is, but, is there one or two that you really enjoyed creating? Tell us little about it and leave links to where they can be found.
Kristine: If I had to choose only one, my Frog Pond Afghan is probably my favorite. One of my daughter’s was obsessed with everything frog (she even had 4 pet frogs at one point) so I designed her a Frog Pond complete with rippling water, lily pads, and a frog.
SDC: What are your favorite fiber types you like to work with?
Kristine: Acrylic. It’s easily accessible for almost anyone and reasonably priced. Plus there are so many brands and colors to choose from. It’s very practical from a designer and a care perspective.
SDC: Is there any sage advice you can give to a new crocheter, and a new crochet designer?
Kristine: Never be afraid to try a new stitch or design, and always love what you’re making. Life is too short to trudge through your crochet. Enjoy every stitch!
SDC: This is something most crocheters are curious about, what’s the size of your yarn and hook stash?
Kristine: Ummm, my kids refer to my stash as “Mommy’s yarn store” – I have about 30 clear totes (28 qt) for a more descriptive visual. My hook stash…. I never have them all in the same place, but I’m going to guess I have between 40 & 50 hooks.
Let us know what you think. I hope you’ve enjoyed this session of Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Kristine of Ambassador Crochet.
As always, much love and happy hooking.