Growing up in the middle of Michigan, in the United States of America, the winters can be quite bitterly cold. Thus, the first item that she designed was a triangular shaped nose warmer. Two chained strands attached to the upper point and one to each of the lower points. Then, the hot pink chains were tied around the back of her head. Yes, I did say hot pink! Beverly was only 10 years old at this time of her first crochet design and hot pink was her favorite color. But, she didn’t have to worry about getting lost in a snow storm. In later years, Beverly’s designs took on a more somber look. While still following familiar patterns such as the chevron afghan, broomstick lace scarves, hairpin lace ponchos, etc., she began to see the abilities of how these stitches could be altered and used in other patterns; and her crochet skills began to grow.
As an adult, one of Beverly’s unusual occupations was as a solo over the road semi-truck driver. But, her love of crochet was not left behind. In fact, this provided another avenue for purchasing yarns that she hadn’t seen before. Now, she could cross the border into Canada and visit yarn store chains that were only in that country. New yarns, new textures, new fibers and a new appreciation for the love of crochet were born. It was a good thing that the semi-truck she drove had a large bunk bed and inside storage overhead. The top birth and overhead storage became places to store the boxes and bags of her yarn stash. New UFO’s (Unfinished objects) or WIP’s (Works In Progress) began to overflow these area. While other truck drivers spent their ‘down time’ playing with video games or flirting with the waitresses in the truck stop, Beverly was busy with her crochet hook, working on a few more stitches, before sleep time came.
Now, with the love of three fiber arts (Crochet, Knitting and Tatting) Beverly has finally started one of her greatest adventures; of putting together many of her own designs to one day publish a book of her most favored patterns. Some of her writings have already been published in Trucker Newsletters, Truckers Magazines (http://www.truckersnews.com/a-message-that-matters) and one song which was commissioned for a wedding song.
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