Meet the Incredible Owner of “With a Shari on Top”
Today I have someone super awesome I’d like to introduce you to. She is an amazing crocheter and has recently begun to knit. She’s also just an all-around great person and I’m lucky I get to call her my sister! Meet Shari, the incredible talent behind With a Shari on Top.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Shari and I am a mommy to two beautiful littles, ages almost 6 and 15 months. I love spending time with my husband and children, whether we are exploring outside or playing games indoors as a family. I am a proud aunt and sister who loves to craft on a daily basis. I have a strong passion to create and to care for others.
How long have you been crocheting and knitting and what got you into it?
I started crocheting about 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. I was told by doctors to take it easy at home during the beginning stages of my pregnancy, and as boredom set in my husband suggested I look online for ideas to start a new hobby. I discovered crocheting on Youtube and have been addicted ever since.
I started knitting on and off about 6 months ago. I wasn’t investing too much time into my knitting skills until I was inspired by a streamer on Twitch.tv named Jennyknits. I participated in a knit-along and was hooked from then on.
Where do you work best?
I work best in my big, brown comfy chair with my TV turned on as background noise. You can find me using my hooks or needles practically anywhere though… doctors offices, in the car, outside on my hammock, etc.
What are your favorite hooks/needles and yarn to work with?
My all time favorite crochet hook is my vintage Boye H hook. My mom used to crochet and gave me her leftover supplies years ago and her hook happens to work best for the majority of my projects.
I really like any type of circular needles right now for my knitting. I’ve been using bamboo and metal circulars and so far I love them all.
Right now I am really liking the Caron Cakes in all of the different varieties, but I must admit that I am a long time fan of Red Heart’s Unforgettable yarns. I have also been using Patons Grace and I love this Cotton from Hobby Lobby a lot lately.
How did you get into writing your own patterns?
After being asked several times from different people to work up something I didn’t have a pattern for, I just decided to try to crochet without a pattern. I worked up several different owl hats for many customers and I remember feeling so proud that they liked something I crocheted without a pattern. I started to write down what I was doing and eventually decided to make them available for other people. Initially, I sold my written crochet patterns but decided within the past year to offer them free on my blog. Writing patterns is just something that comes easy to me and I happen to really enjoy creating them.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get into crocheting or knitting?
Remember to be patient while you are learning. It takes time to develop your skills and to learn all of the different aspects of crocheting and knitting. Check into community events (maybe at your local library) and find a group of people who also crochet or knit and get involved. Ask questions and explore Youtube videos. Don’t give up and practice, practice, practice!
What’s next for you?
I will most definitely continue sharing free crochet patterns on my blog. I am hoping to venture into new crochet territory and try out some new stitches or combinations and share my experiences with others.
I am also planning on experimenting more with knitting. I would love to eventually feel confident enough with my knitting skills to also create free knitting patterns to share.
I have also been looking a lot into tatting. Seeing videos of people tatting amazes me. I am intrigued, to say the least, and I predict I’ll be diving into a tatting adventure in the near future.