About Amy Solovay


Crochet by Amy Solovay

I learned to crochet as a child, and crochet has been an important part of my life ever since. I collect vintage crochet patterns, and I also design free crochet patterns for other crafters to enjoy. I’m starting a new weekly crochet and knitting newsletter to share my patterns, and my discoveries, with other needleworkers. If this sounds interesting to you, I invite you to sign up.


Scrapbooking -- Mini Album by Amy Solovay

I enjoy documenting my adventures using photos, journaling, and an assortment of beautiful papers and embellishments. I do bunches of hybrid and digital projects too.


Photography by Amy Solovay -- Sailboat at Sunrise

I never set out to be a photographer, but it’s a skill I’ve had to acquire; without photographs, my writing, art and other work would be inaccessible to the worldwide online audience. I usually shoot with a Sony a350, and I often carry a Nikon Coolpix camera around for on-the-go shots.


Knitting by Amy Solovay

I learned to hand knit when I was in high school, and I later went on to get a degree in textile design. In design school, I studied both hand and machine knitting. After graduation, I designed circular knits professionally. My customers were mostly garment manufacturers who sold apparel to the big-box retailers.


Crafts -- Hand Stamped Paper Flowers by Amy Solovay

I’ll try anything crafty! I’ve enjoyed dabbling in all kinds of crafts, including needlework, stamping, card making, beadwork, sewing and mosaics.


I’ve been a writer since I was in junior high, when I first began journaling.

I began writing for the web in 1998, and I have writing scattered in various places around the Internet.

In 2009, I signed on as About.com’s Guide to crochet, a gig I worked at on a more than full-time basis until 2014. The New York Times Company owned the About.com network at the time I began writing for them. I spent 3 years under the Times umbrella learning the business of journalism and writing for the web; I wrote for the About.com network for about five years total.


Art -- Collage Painting by Amy Solovay

I was a studio art minor in college, and I’m still using and applying all the lessons I learned back then.


Travel -- Mike and Amy in Avalon, California

My husband Mike and I live aboard a sailboat. Our most impressive adventure so far: crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. We’ve also traveled extensively in the USA. We spent a couple of years cruising the Channel Islands and California’s coast.



Mike and I adopted 4 orphaned kittens when they were only a couple of weeks old. They needed constant bottle feeding and care, and if we hadn’t taken them in, they would have died. We never intended to own 4 cats, but somewhere along the line we fell in love with the little cuties. They’ve enriched our lives, and have kept us laughing nonstop at their funny and adorable antics.

You: So, Amy, what do you do?

Me: I do many things. I could give you a dozen different answers, and they’d all be true. Take your pick:

I’m a writer, journalist, journaler and occasional blogger.

I’m a textile designer. I knit, crochet, and weave. I also design prints, colorways and textile repeats.

I’m an artist. I paint, draw and collage.

I’m a crafter. I bead, scrapbook, stamp and alter.

I’m a designer. I design many things, including web pages and web sites.

I’m an educator.

Because much of my work is visual, I’ve also had to become a photographer.

I have a degree in math, although I would not call myself a mathematician.

I’m also a happily married wife, a mother to a sweet new baby girl, and the proud caretaker of an ever-changing number of adorable cats. I travel frequently; I’m a full-time liveaboard cruising sailor. Sometimes I’m in a different place every week.

You’re invited to learn more about my adventures by clicking any of the links on this page. Thanks for visiting! I appreciate your interest.