Amy Solovay


Crochet

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

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

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

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

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.

Writing

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

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

Travel -- Mike and Amy in Avalon, California

My most impressive adventure so far: crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in a 34′ sailboat. I’ve also traveled extensively in the USA. I spent a couple of years cruising the Channel Islands and California’s coast.

Kittens

Kittens

My husband 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 and journaler.

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

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

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 necessarily call myself a mathematician.

I’m also a happily married wife, and the proud caretaker of four 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 below. Thanks for visiting! I appreciate your interest.