About Me

First of all, let me explain my name.  I got the moniker, Nancy Drew, through marriage.  I’ll bet you didn’t know that the "real" Nancy Drew is a retired granny, who drives a red minivan, and the only mysteries she solves involve a crochet hook.  

My love of crochet started over 50 years.  I was taught by my mother, who was a threadie and made the most beautiful tablecloths.  Actually, I don’t think there was anything she couldn’t crochet.  I’ve always loved crafting and art.  When I took an early retirement from a very stressful corporate job, I opened an art studio and taught painting for several years.  When painting became my full time job, crochet was my way to relax.  It still is today.  I totally love it.  I think you can say I’m obsessed. 

I started publishing my patterns in May 2013, but I’ve been designing since I was a child making doll clothes.  Inspiration for my designs comes from many places.  I love flowers and nature, and those things are often featured in my designs.  Sometimes it’s a beautiful skein of yarn or rich color that sends me off to the sketch pad.

Usually all my designs start the same way, with a sketch pad and swatches….lots of swatches. I have a daily planner with a monthly calendar and tabs for my project ideas and planning.  I keep sketches and notes there, and save photos, magazine clippings, and anything else that catches my attention or inspires me.  One thing I learned from painting is not to discard an idea too soon.  When I'm frustrated with a project, I set it aside for a few days and come back to it later.  Often when I come back, I find things aren’t really as bad as I thought, or the problems have an easy fix.
 
Designing has really deepened my love of yarn crafts.  Sometimes I want to create my own design, and other times I want to relax and just crochet.  I love that I can do both.  I feel designing and crochet in general keep my mind young.  As a granny, that’s important.  Some people like video games, crossword puzzles, or Luminosity.  Just give me a crochet hook and a lovely skein of yarn, and I’m good. 

You can find me at:

Ravelry  - http://www.ravelry.com/designers/nancy-l-drew
Email me at yarnpumpkin@gmail.com