Holland Designs

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Company Name:  Holland Designs
Designer Name:  Lisa van Klaveren
Home State:  Originally from Wisconsin, now living in New Zealand.
Design Specialty:  Modern crochet patterns for babies and adults.

1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?

When I was little, my mom tried to teach my older sister the basics of crochet, telling me my fingers were too small to hold the hook. But I was determined to learn and showed her I could do it! I was 3 years old then; the rest is history!

2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?

I actually enjoy designing crocheted toys and dolls (amigurumi) the most. I find the creative process keeps me entertained.

3 What are you most known for?

Designing baby shoes, ladies slippers and hats -- modern designs that make people want to learn to crochet.

4 How do you jump-start your creativity?

I am often inspired by knitwear, fabric shoes and clothing and try to make my own crocheted versions using a similar design. I've done this with several of my knit-look, baby shoe and dress patterns.

5 What season inspires you the most?

All seasons inspire me. Each has its own color scheme. Cold weather inspires new winter hat and scarf patterns, and summer makes my mind turn to creating patterns for beachwear.

6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?

50 to 75 patterns, but maybe fewer ongoing as I have a new baby on the way and will soon have two little ones on my hands!

7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?

I'd love to learn to sew or knit more proficiently -- I admire those who do!

8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

I'm a classic movie junkie! I love a rainy Sunday when I can spend the entire afternoon with Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Jimmy Stewart, while crocheting or cross-stitching.

9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?

The basics -- yarn, scissors and a crochet hook.