Today, we're following up with part 2 of our interview with Kathleen Greco of JellyYarns.com. Miss part one? No problem. Click here! Part 1 Jelly Yarns Interview.
We'll start off with a press release which gives you a full description of what Jelly Yarn: 20 Cool Projects for Girls To Knit and Crochet is all about. Then we'll move on to more Q&A and pictures from Jelly Yarn: 20 Cool Projects for Girlsto Knit and Crochet. Enjoy, Get Inspired, and Create!
Press Release text from the Jelly Yarn book:
Jelly Yarn: 20 Cool Projects for Girls To Knit and Crochet
By Kathleen Greco and Nick Greco
Krause Publishers, $19.99. 128 pages, Girls Ages 9+
ISBN-10: 0896898032 ISBN-13: 9780896898035
Have you ever crocheted a project to put in a water-filled snow globe, knit a glow-in-the-dark pet collar and leash, used a CD to make a purse, or crocheted something to wear in the rain? This book is filled with projects that think outside the traditional yarn box.
Jelly Yarn: 20 Cool Projects for Girls To Knit and Crochet, explores innovative knitting and crochet projects for girls ages 9+. Projects created with super-fun, vinyl, waterproof Jelly Yarn are the basis for the kid-friendly patterns in this book.
“This unique yarn gives you the ability to create glossy textures that are impossible to make with traditional fiber yarns. Sure, it’s nice to knit or crochet wool hats and scarves, but how cool is glossy waterproof yarn! Jelly Yarn colors are named after kids favorite candies and ices with cool, fun names like Hot Pink Candy, Blue Taffy, Black Licorice, Lemon-Lime Ice, Raspberry Sorbet, and Pink Peppermint Glow."
This 128 page book features ten knit and ten crochet, easy, beginner, and advanced beginner kid-level projects. Fully illustrated, the abbreviation-free patterns include more than 100 follow-along, full-color photographs. How-to-Knit and How-to-Crochet chapters help girls learn with easy-to-understand, step-by-step photographs. With more than 300 color photos, discover the only fun yarn designed especially for kids…and the big kid in all of us!
Note from Kathleen...
I was invited to contribute work (crocheted sand) for the Institute of Figuring Hyperbolic Coral Crochet exhibition. (about 3/4 down the page)
and have exhibited my 5' x 4 ' crochet sand piece and smaller pieces of hyperbolic coral crochet with the Institute of Figuring, hence the Fine Art of Jelly Yarn.
Q. Do you have any tips for keeping your creative balance with all the constant frenzy of interviews, events, new products, books and running the online business? Do you have a secret stress management technique you’d like to share?
A. Keep a schedule and stick to it. We plan our life around our creative work, not vise versa. I usually don’t get stressed out, but if I do, I just take a walk outside along our creek, breath the air and look at nature.
Regarding balance of work and life with 2 people that run a business, that are married: We have different responsibilities. But we help each other carry out that responsibility when needed. We mold our lifestyle around the creative process. When we get up, when we go to sleep, when we have a deadline, when we eat. We're on the same page with our work/life schedule. (So we basically don't get much sleep or eat too much.) (hahaha)
Q. What are some goals or dreams for JellyYarns.com or other creative ventures in 2009 that you’d like to share with us?
A. For my company JellyYarns.com…new colors for Fall 2009, new fun patterns and high-tech yarn.
For my love of fine art sculpture…BIG knit or crochet mural-type sculptures
For my love of books…create more book ideas…creative cookbook?
For my love of writing…finish my historical fiction novella.
Q. Kathleen, do you or Nick have any additional information for us that you would like to share?
A.The creative process is the same whether you are designing a crochet toy or knit sweater. Create an idea, conceptualize it, see it in your mind, sketch it different ways, refine, refine, and more refining, finalize it and check it and re-check it.
Jelly Yarn book Cover
Snow Globe, Starfish and Pet Collar Projects
Crocheted Fun Pack Purse
Knit Jewelry BoxCrocheted Sports Bottle
Knit Pet Collar
Thank you Kathleen, for taking the time for this interview. I know the readers are excited, not only by the Jelly Yarns, colors and patterns but the enthusiasm and zest that you and Nick bring to your business and creative ventures.
For more information on JellyYarns, press, patterns and books, please visit JellyYarns.com.