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I've been crocheting most of my life.  My mother taught me as a child, using string & my finger. I'm a leftie so I learned sitting across from her & watching her movements.  She also taught me embroidery & how to sew.  Her name was Willis Ruby & my company, Willie Ru Designs, is named for her.

I love to crochet!  I find it relaxing & stimulating at the same time.  I can't wait to finish a project just to see what it looks like.  Often, the idea I start with isn't the same one I end with.   Many of my creations have a Plan B, Plan C and sometimes it goes on and on until I like what I see.  I rarely use patterns because I change my mind as I go along.  I tend to jot down my own design instructions on little pieces of scrap paper or old envelopes that I may never find again, or if I do, have no idea what they mean.

Yarn is my biggest vice.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to buy much recently but luckily, I have quite a collection or stash, as we adicts refer to it.  I also have a large stash of fabrics...

I have a weakness for the unique & one-of-a-kind & handmade.  Always have.  This also translates into my yarns.  I love handspun & hand dyed yarns.  I love supporting other women owned small businesses who make a living spinning & dying yarn.  It may cost a little more but we all need to support each other.

I love vivid, intense colors & texture.  I love the unexpected.  I like high quality materials to work with which doesn't necessarily mean expensive but it needs to hold up with wear & time.  I love fun & functional accessories & that's what my creations are all about.

All this is probably more than you need to know but I hope it gives you some insight into me & how I create.  Now for some eye candy...

I sell most of my work on Etsy - mostly scarves & cowls.  Here's the link

Willie Ru Designs

Here are some of my favorites available now in my Etsy shop.


Black, Teal & Purple Scarf

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Handmade Crochet Multi Color Scarf

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Autumn Colors Handmade Cowl

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Light Blue & Lavender Handmade Cowl

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Handmade Crochet Mobius Cowl

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Handmade Crochet Roving Scarf

Right now in my Etsy shop you'll find mostly scarves & cowls but I also sew & crochet purses & pillows.  I'll be adding a few small purses to my shop soon & other goodies.

I also do custom work so if there's something you want but don't see, let me know & let's see what we can create together.  My email is   If you need some ideas, you can see more photos of my past work on my Flickr page.

Several months ago when I was facing eviction, many of you came together to help save me.  Please know that I appreciate your help to this day.  Quite of few of you bought some of my Willie Ru creations so hopefully you're enjoying them & can attest to the quality & to the fact that I'm a terrible photographer & they are beautiful in person.  I'm not out of the woods yet financially, so any & all purchases are needed & I am always thankful to the Kos Community.

Many thanks & happy shopping!

Karen (fineena)
Willie Ru Designs on Etsy

7:28 PM PT: Just a reminder - although I do custom work, most of the yarns used for the creations on my Etsy page are one-of-a-kind.  There is no more yarn like it to be had so if there is something you want, buy it now.

Originally posted to Fineena on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM PST.

Also republished by Kos Katalogue, DKOMA, PWB Peeps, and Kossacks helping each other.

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