Interweave Yarn Fest Sneak Peek: Get to Know Lily M. Chin

Interweave Yarn Fest 2017 is almost here! Get to know our instructors in this blog series leading up to the big event. In this installment, Lily M. Chin provides background on what keeps her making. The best part? She cannot settle on just one method in which to be creative. Lily is one of our favorite “bi-craftual” instructors!

You can meet Lily at Interweave Yarn Fest – check out her instructor profile and the classes she will be teaching here, and check out the blog series she is currently helping to shape on the ever-popular raglan sweater:

Top-Down Raglan Sweaters: Secret to Fit

Lily Chin’s Raglan Secrets: Gauge & Graph Paper

Are there any current fiber arts trends you are obsessed with?

My two-color Tunisian crochet.

What can students learn from your workshops that they can’t learn anywhere else?

I pride myself in being able to explain things really well so that anyone can understand. Students also get to know me and my humorous personality. There is nothing like live interaction! I also provide awesome visuals.

What will students gain short and long term from taking your workshops?

Short-term, they learn while having fun in class. Long-term, I give the tools to empower individual creativity and analytical thinking.

Out of all the fiber arts creations you’ve made, which one is your favorite and why is it your favorite?

HA! Which child do you like better?

Do you remember the first fiber arts piece you made?

It was supposed to be a scarf; wound up being a messy pot-holder!

How long have you been a fiber arts fanatic and what sparked your passion for the craft?

I was maybe 8- or 9-years-old so it’s been a very long time. I just love creating things with my hands!

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Lily’s Floret Crop Top is featured in Interweave Crochet Spring 2017.

What is your favorite tool, accessory or yarn in your studio right now- the go-to product that you most frequently turn to?

I cannot live without crochet hooks, even when knitting. But my computer is the most often-used tool of all.

If there is another instructor at IYF whose workshop you’d like to take, who’s would it be and why?

Deborah Jarchow. Not only is she a lovely person, but I’m a desperate wannabe weaver.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got from a fellow knitter or crocheter?

Be kind to yourself and allow for mistakes.

What are you most excited about for IWF 2017?

Having been at the venue before, I just love the whole fiber atmosphere and being ensconced by all things and all people fiberly (<- Lily is creative with words, too!).

Never Stop Learning!


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