Meet Kristin Omdahl and get ready to be INSPIRED!

Today I want to introduce you to my friend, Kristin Omdahl.  She is the creative force of nature behind Kristin Omdahl Bamboo Yarns, Glow Skin Care, Knitting and Crochet Books, and so much more.  She is amazing.  She is one of those friends that you hold dear, because they constantly are inspiring you to go further and try more.

Kristin has started a new project, Kristin Cares.  She will be donating a portion of profits from her Kristin Omdahl Line to Project Kristin Cares that benefit victims of domestic violence. You need to go check out her story and new project.  It makes me just love her more and more.

In the new book, Vintage Modern Crochet, I asked Kristin to design any Bruges Lace project she wanted in her Bamboo Yarn.   The Ter Berge Shawl she created is just stunning.  Its 5 spiral medallions that you join into one shawl.   The most amazing part it is uses just one hank of Kristin's Bamboo so Fine Yarn.  And I can testify, the yarn is wonderful.  (In all honesty, I am wearing a shawl I made for myself in her yarn while I type.)  I just love it.  It drapes, its colorful, you can wear it in any season, it breathes, you will just fall in love too.

I caught up with her yesterday and we got to chat a bit about crochet.

RC: What is one of your favorite techniques in crochet?
KO: I love so many! I think the umbrella category would be lace though. Then from there, I love lace in motifs, stitch patterns, broomstick, bruges lace, tunisian, etc… (so basically lace in anything LOL)

RC:  What was the last item that you made for yourself (in any craft)?
KO: My skin care line: Kristin Omdahl GLOW: enhance your inner beauty. I use all my own skin care products. Anti-aging face cream, toner, cleansing oil, body lotion, bath salts, sugar scrub, organic soaps, massage candles. I am a strong believer in holistic healing and aromatherapy is a passion of mine.

RC: What other crafts do you love?
KO: ALL CRAFTS! I am a self-proclaimed DIY Mama! I love to work with my hands ALL THE TIME. I love to build things out of wood, make things in the kitchen, make holistic healing products with all natural ingredients, sew (with my own fabrics in a couple of months!!!), and make anything and everything with yarn. I love to knit and crochet, and would love to learn how to weave soon.      

RC: What was your inspiration behind your design in Vintage Modern Crochet?
KO: I saw an art installation of assorted sized medallions that were joined together to create another shape. I thought it would be fun to try to do that for a mostly-triangular shawl. So I made assorted sizes of medallions (the largest for the center and progressively smaller for the sides), and continue with the spiral joining of bruges lace to join them as you go. And then did a more traditional strip of bruges lace for the edging, while adding concentration (like the spiral) for the corner at the point on the shawl. And, voila! It worked! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way this design came together. And I swoon every time I see the styling of the photos of it in your book!

Kristin created a video on how exactly to crochet the shawl.  Go take a look.
RC: What is next for you?  Where can people see more of your work?
KO: Right now I am launching Project Kristin Cares; launching my skin care line Kristin Omdahl GLOW: enhance your inner beauty; expanding my yarn company Kristin Omdahl YARNS, adding lots of fun and educational content to my YouTube channel (please subscribe!) and much more.

Links!  Here is all the places you can find Kristin.

Amazon shop

Kristin is running a giveaway of a copy of the book, and one skein of yarn over at her website.  Make sure you hop over and find how to enter.  Also, for a limited time, please use coupon code ROBYN20 to receive 20% off your purchase on Kristin's website! Be So Fine Lavender’s First Romance is the yarn used in this shawl (one skein project)  And Designers, check out her Designer Support Program.

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