Saturday, April 17, 2010

Etsy Knitters and Crocheters on Parade

Suzette Lenzen is an enthusiastic knitter, who makes the cutest hats and accessories. After felting many of her items, she uses inspired embroidery talent to make them exceptional. Check out her shop KNITANDCURL by clicking on the title Etsy Knitters and Crocheters on Parade.

Your profile says that you were six or seven when you learned to knit. Who taught you?

Mom mom taught me to knit when I was six or seven.

What was your first project?

My first project was a potholder, then I made doll blankets and Barbie clothes. My first project for cash was a red-white-and-blue jumper for my seventh grade teacher's daughter. It took me three weeks to complete and I got a check for $25.00. I was hooked!

What is your first priority in life?

My first priority in life is God; my husband and family are second. If I have those things in order, everything else falls into place in my life and things go more peacefully. If I'm out of whack - life is chaotic and stressful.

What would you do if you if nothing in the world hindered you?

If nothing hindered me, I'd go back to school and finish my degree.

Where do you see your shop in five years?

In five years, I'd like to be able to quit my regular day job (medical transcription) and only work part-time so that I could devote the rest of my day to creating beautiful things to sell in my etsy shop.

Suzette says she used to marvel at people who said you never work a day in your life if you love what you do. And now she's found it! She loves making things by hand to sell to others. "What a rush when I have a sale and get good feedback. It makes me want to stay up all night and finish my latest project so I can list it right away." I think that would describe most of us knitters. We love what we do, and certainly so does Suzette.


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  2. So lovely and warm blogpost! Nice to meet another team member.

  3. Lovely to "meet" another EtsyKnitters team member!

  4. Lovely feature, beautiful items!

  5. Suzette was my best student and learned to knit earlier than her brothers or sisters. She was making up her own patterns at age 12 and entered a Sewing/Knitting Contest sponsored by Vogue Magazine in 1969, with a very classy Hunter green wool, one-piece jumper. She got high raves for that! She continues to knit creatively for herself and for others, making people smile with delight, all along the way, because her creations are so lovely. Signed: BJRaugh, Hillsdale, Mich.