Welcome to my creative space, Maridee Creates!

I’m Maridee, and most of you know me as the Yarnover Truck’s owner, which closed in July of 2022. Since then, I’ve spent time trying to decide what I wanted to do next, and I had a hard time picking just one thing, so I didn’t. Instead, I’ve launched Maridee Creates! This is where I’ll share crochet patterns, yarn-related business, marketing information, and my experience trying new things. I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy this new adventure I’m undertaking, I will outline the things I have planned so far below.

Crochet Designing

My first big project is to rebrand all the crochet patterns I created and published under the banner of the Yarnover Truck to Maridee Creates. I’ve worked with a designer friend (Thanks, Jen!!) to revamp and update the layout of all my patterns plus put them into the new logo and brand colors she and I created for Maridee Creates. I’ve got some new designs percolating which will be released in the coming months. You can find all of my patterns and buy them from me here or from Ravelry on the Crochet page.

a folded stack of different crochet shawls and pieces in a wide variety of colors

Teaching Crochet

If you are local to Los Angeles and would like to work with me to expand your crochet skills, please reach out! I’m interested in doing one-on-one crochet teaching or small group sessions. I’m also exploring teaching some Zoom-based classes as well. As these get scheduled, you’ll be able to find details on the Upcoming page here, and if you want to work with me, please use the Contact Form and let’s get together!

Crochet Tech Editing

Farther down the road, I anticipate offering Tech Editing for Crochet Patterns, but I’m not quite there yet. I’ve taken some classes in Tech Editing, but I’m not quite ready to offer this service yet. When I do, my focus will be editing crochet accessories, as that is my design focus too! Once this service is available, you’l find more details on the Tech Editing page.

image showing a desktop with a blue lap top computer, red circular tape measure, brown framed reading lases, blue ball point pen, set of knitting needles and a crochet hook with a brown variegated skein of yarn

Business Consulting & Event Planning

I successfully ran the Yarnover Truck business for ten years, and before that, I worked in Marketing and Advertising for 20+ years! Based on my experience, I’ve learned a lot of great tips and tricks that I know would benefit other yarn-based businesses, and I’ll be sharing them here, in our emails, and on social media. My areas of expertise include marketing and social media, planning and running successful events, and managing all the unusual things that happen to small businesses, especially in the fiber arts world! If you’re looking for anything like this, please reach out via the Contact Form! I’d love to chat with you.

CSM (Circular Sock Knitting Machine)

I’m undertaking a new adventure: learning to use my new-to-me knitting machine! Tommy bought me a Circular Sock Knitting Machine (CSM) for Christmas. I would love to tell you that I’ve pumped out several new pairs of socks, but the reality is that I’m still struggling to get my tension right.

This is a whole new world to me, but it’s been fun connecting with others who have machines like mine. I’m sure I get better over time! I hope that once I have it mastered, I’ll be able to bring it to local yarn shops and knit tubes of yarns you’ve purchased from them. Then you just add the cuffs, heels, and toes, and you’ll have a pair of socks! Please let me know if you have one of these machines and want to meet up for a Crank In!

work table with a circular knitting machine set up in the center surrounded by three different skeins of yarn, one is blue and white multicolors, one is green multicolored and one is yellow solid

Year of Making 2023

I’ve challenged myself to try and make something every day during 2023. It’s going well so far, and I’ve been able to do some making every day! Check out the hashtag #YearOfMaking2023 to see what I’ve made, plus others who are also following this challenge.

Diane Medgaarden Nelson Artwork

image of five different hand-painted water color cards.  top left is of oranges in a bush, top right is grapes on a vine, bottom left is a desert scene with several plants and a cactus bottom right is two sheep in a meadow middle image is a sunset and a palm tree

Finally, do you remember the watercolor cards my mom, Diane Medgaarden Nelson created that we were selling on the Truck? Well, those few images were only the tip of the iceberg! I’ve been going through her computer and found a BUNCH of work that is scanned and ready to share, and I’m doing just that. I’ve created a page on Society6 (and might add a Spoonflower one later) where you can see her wonderful art and get it printed. If you are unfamiliar, Society6 is an online marketplace and print-on-demand site connecting artists with customers looking for unique and creative products. The site offers a wide range of items, including art prints, home decor, stationery, tech accessories, and apparel, all featuring original designs created by independent artists like Diane.

tote bag featuring a print of a watercolor picture of lavender in a bell jar
watercolor image of two sheep hugging in a meadow printed on a phone cae
watercolor print of a green doorway somwhere in france with a frame around it

That’s it for now. Please stop back for more of my creative adventures!! It so great to have you along for the ride.

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