About Shop by Midknight
About the Shop and it’s History:
This Shop was a long time coming for me. After many years of “thinking about it” and never being able to settle on what I could make and sell that I felt was unique enough, I think I finally found it, and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing husband.
All of my creations here are all made by only me, without use of any written pattern. I may jot down a few notes so I don’t forget a detail or something, but other than that, it all comes from my head.
I learned how to crochet from my grandmother when I was a young child well over 30yrs ago. As a teen, it didn’t interest me much anymore, so I didn’t pick it up again until my late 20’s. It began as something to do while on semi-bed rest during my pregnancy with my daughter 17yrs ago. After some refresher on how to crochet again, I taught myself how to read patterns, although I had more fun making up my own. I would get stitch pattern dictionaries and make whatever popped into my head. A few years later I learned how to write my pattern ideas down and decided to share most of them as free downloads.
I did take a hiatus from crochet and pattern writing for a while and took up knitting. Although I enjoy knitting, crochet is my first love.
I recently, at the beginning of this year, picked up crocheting again, all because of the discovery of the Crocodile Stitch. I instantly fell in love with that stitch and pattern ideas began to pop into my head, sometimes right out of the blue. I began writing patterns again, this time to sell for other people to make, that is until an earring idea popped into my head.
From that one earring idea, 3 necklaces and a bracelet were born, the first of which is my Cascading Petals Necklace. Then came the Simply Petals and the Layered Petals necklaces, then the Layered Petals Bracelet. I had such a good response for them and questions about buying them, so I decided to start this Shop.
The name “by Midknight” came around many years ago on LiveJournal when I wanted a catchy name for my crochet journal. Because my username on LJ is midknight_starr (MidknightStarr), a friend of mine suggested “Crochet by Midknight” and it stuck. From that, the “by Midknight” part became very useful with the many thinks I do; “Art by Midknight” being one of them. I liked the sound of “Shop by Midknight” and I felt it open enough for changing up the items I sell in the future. Right now it’s jewelry, but maybe I might want to add other items down the line.
About the Maker:
I’m a happily married, stay-at-home mom of 3 + 1 kids (22yr old son with Asperger’s Syndrome & Hydrocephalus, 21yr old step-daughter, 17yr old daughter & 15yr old son), 5 cats, 2 rats, and a leopard gecko. I crochet as often as I can and I love making up new designs in crochet.
I enjoy crocheting, knitting, drawing, painting, painting on ArtRage and working on Photoshop. My grandmother taught me crochet when I was 7yrs old, I am self-taught in knitting and on Photoshop, and my art education is all through my school career, from elementary through high school.
I also live everyday with Fibromyalgia.
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