About The Ginger Hooker

Heather Boyer

The Ginger Hooker aka Heather Boyer Heather Boyer Ravelry Designer

I work full-time as a Software Architect at Schoolwires, a K12 Blackboard Solution. I love to code! So I am happy to report that I have a job doing what I love! Fortunately, my interests don’t end there. I like to think that I have a lot of creativity in me. I definitely find enjoyment and satisfaction in being creative. So I dabble in a lot of other creative interests like Photography, Crocheting, Knitting, and just general crafting. I love to blend my interests! Sometimes you’ll see my crafting or crochet projects also in my Photography. I just love to create!

Photography is an interest for me. I may not be the best photographer out there, but I find a lot of enjoyment in staging a photoshoot, editing photos, and creating art in the form of a photograph. I have two boys who have seen quite a bit of flash in their lives, but I just love capturing every moment of their lives and staging a few. 😉 I love to play in Photoshop, as well, so you may see some photoshop tutorials in my photography.

I started crocheting when I was 7. My grandmother taught me. She started out slow by teaching me the chain stitch first. Just to get a handle on regulating my tension and manipulating the hook. I remember sitting in second grade with yarn stuck in my desk crocheting a long chain out of an entire skein. I would crochet that chain at recess, during class breaks, during class time.. any moment I could find to make that chain grow. I rolled the long chain into a ball and had a huge ball of chained yarn stuck in my desk. After I had mastered the chain, my grandmother taught me the granny square. Oh, how I loved that I could create something amazing just from yarn and a hook. My first project was a blanket of large granny squares sewn together. I loved it so much! My passion to crochet slipped slightly during high school as I was more interested in boys than I probably should have been, but my passion was restored with full force with the birth of my first son. I crocheted so many projects just in leading up to his birth. I had found my love for crochet again!

I taught myself how to knit in my adult years. I had become a bit more of an intermediate crocheter, so I thought I could easily take on knitting. I did pick up knitting pretty well, but I decided to take on a more of a difficult project as my first project. I wanted to knit my niece-on-the-way a baby blanket from corner to corner, needless to say, it came out lopsided and took me a really long time to make. I have made some knit projects since then that have faired much better, but my interest hasn’t taken off like it has with crochet.

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A published designer for Crochet Now.

 

I also spend way too much time on Pinterest and love to make general crafts. Sometimes I use those crafts for staging a photoshoot or to use as props in a photo session. Sometimes it is just general crafts to do with the kids or home decoration. I just love to find ways to be creative. But with any of my hobbies, I find them relaxing and a great creative outlet!

This past year (2016) I started making my own crochet patterns. First, I started out with simpler ones that I shared for free on my blog. Then I branched out to making paid patterns, my cupcake dolls, an idea I had been mulling over for awhile and started my pattern designing journey. I was so excited when the Editor of Crochet Now, a magazine by Practical Publishing International, Ltd., asked me to design a cupcake doll pattern for an issue of their magazine. You can find that pattern in Issue 10 of Crochet Now. Now, I can officially say I am published!

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