About Me

First, I want to say thank you so much for visiting my shop and supporting my handmade dream.  I adore all of my customers, and I am so grateful for each and every one of you.

So … what’s the story behind Double the Stitches?
The name of my shop, Double the Stitches, was dreamed up one sleepless night after bringing home our newborn twin boys and thinking that any time I wanted to make something for them I’d need “double the stitches”! They are my gifts and my reasons and my inspiration.

How do you spend your days?
I spend my days working at a wonderful local yarn shop, Infinite Yarns. located in Farmingdale, NY.  I feel so lucky that I get to help other knitters and crocheters find the perfect fibers for their next project, help them find patterns to make their crafting visions come true, and walk them through patterns when they get stuck.  I also love teaching classes at the shop, and truly enjoy the opportunity to help someone learn to knit or crochet – giving them a skill they can use for a lifetime.

You can also find me working with the Knit and Crochet Group at the Island Trees Library!

How long have you been stitchin’?
I first learned the art of crochet as a young girl, and have been perfecting my skills and learning new techniques for almost 25 years now. Knitting was something I hoped that I would one-day master (working with 2 needles seemed daunting at first!) until I took it on as a New Years’ resolution after I had my twin boys 7 years ago, and I was instantly hooked!

What are your favorite materials to create with?
I’ve always had a love and a passion for creating by hand, and enjoy working with all types of materials. My current favorite fibers are natural ones … fuzzy angora, mohair, and baby alpaca – they are soft, delicate, dreamy, luxurious with a beautiful halo.

What’s the best part of being a prop knitter?
There is nothing sweeter and more rewarding than seeing an item I handcrafted on a sweet adorable little baby and having the opportunity for my work to be a small part of their newborn photos that will be forever cherished.

I also love knitting winter accessories for adults, and some of my work has been seen in various publications under my previous brand, Swell Knits.

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