Leslie, what are you working on right now?
I’m currently between projects, trying to decide what to do next. I was on an unexpected break for quite a few months due to an injury to my dominant hand/wrist. I tend to do most of my crocheting during football season, as I believe it helps my team, the NY Giants, win. And, as I was injured last season, I believe that played into their losing record. I love minions, so I’m considering how to use that for my next project. I haven’t made any hats yet, so I may try that … or perhaps try a minion amigurumi.
What feels like your favorite/greatest crochet accomplishment?
It’d probably be finishing my first afghan.
What feels like the worst crochet mistake/foible/wrong choice you’ve ever made?
I’d always been told to buy all your yarn at once. Well, I didn’t follow that advice once, and you can clearly see a patch in the afghan that’s slightly different due to the yarn being from a different batch. Thankfully, it was one I had planned to keep for myself.
Do you have a favorite yarn you like to work with?
I generally stick with the brand my gram used to teach me to crochet: Red Heart. However, I’ve used a few different brands when going with softer yarn for a baby blanket.
Metal or wood crochet needles?
White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?
Without a doubt…dark chocolate! (I can eat milk chocolate, but I don’t like white chocolate at all.)
Coffee or tea?
Tea, particularly herbal/decaf ones. My favorite splurge is pumpkin chai tea from my church.
What’s your favorite Allie novel?
A Heart to Heal – I used to be a special education teacher, so I was able to have a bit of a personal connection to it.
What are you reading now?
I’m always reading review books. I just finished The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron (June release). I just started reading Small-Town Nanny by Lee Tobin McClain (June release) and Playing the Part by Jen Turano (March release).
Do you have a favorite stitching character from a book, movie, or television show?
Mrs. Weasley in the Harry Potter books. She’s always making sweaters for her children and Harry. (I also like how Dumbledore mentions knitting patterns!)
Give a shout out to your favorite local yarn store:
I actually get the majority of my materials from
2601 W Lake Ave B8
Peoria, IL 61615