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Roseanne Torcasso

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Roseanne Torcasso

Like many crocheters, I'm thrilled by the recent renaissance in fiber arts and the availability of wonderful patterns, yarns and threads—the myriad of choices is inspiring!

I learned to crochet from my grandmother, whose hands were always moving, always creating, always loving. She worked mostly with thread, and I cherish her tablecloths and doilies that are delicate, beautiful tributes to her craft. With her encouragement, I also learned to love the magic of seeing a creation emerge. I clearly remember my first big project that required shells and increases: a sparkly purple and white shawl with long fringe ("in style" for teenagers then). With each row, my dedication increased as well.

After teaching high school English for over 30 years and crocheting nearly every day, I retired to care for my elderly mother. When she passed I decided to fully embrace my passion for creating and crochet. Although I've designed for friends and personal use for years, I only recently decided to try submitting some of those designs for publication and found the crochet community to be remarkably encouraging. My first published pattern was a dog sweater motivated by the animals at a shelter where I volunteer—I love making practical yet unique pieces!

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