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Shari White

Spinning Wheel Shawl
Shari White

I have literally been "hooked" on crochet from the time an aunt put a hook and yarn into my hands at the age of 9. Most of the girls I knew were still playing with dolls, and I was designing the clothes and accessories for the dolls. When asked by family members what I wanted for presents, yarn was usually at the top of my list. I would beg my mother to take me to Woolworth's or the local yarn store in Yonkers, N.Y. I found it fascinating how you could turn yarn into "something" with twisting it into different stitches. The fascination with yarn still continues to this day.

I continued to crochet throughout high school and college as a stress reliever. My roommate crocheted as well. The crochet went to another level before the birth of my first son in 1987. When I couldn't find designs that I liked, this is when I really started designing. To this day, all 6 of my sons request items such as throws, pillows, scarves, etc.

Sometimes the yarn inspires me as to what it should be. I find inspiration all around me. I carry a small drawing pad with me and will sketch when a design pops into my head. I also carry hooks and yarn with me on my commute to and from New York City and can work on what's in my sketchbook and bring it to life.

I'm a current member of the New York City Crochet Guild and the Big Apple Knitting Guild. In addition to this, I'm also a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America since 2006.

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