Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet website (www.crocknit.com) was officially launched in August 2008.
Prior to this date, between 2005 and 2008 Barbara was selling her unique crochet and knit garments at weekend markets in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia and Friday markets in Spitalfields, London, UK.
On returning to the UK in 2009, Barbara made a decision, based on public demand, to start selling her crochet and knit patterns, instead of selling the handmade garments. In 2011 the opportunity to design patterns for DMC Creative World Ltd presented itself and then in the following years her designs were also published in the Inside Crochet magazine.
Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.
My Polish mother-in-law Henryka, taught me to crochet in 1973, whilst I was living in Poland for a year. It was from here my love for crochet grew into a much-loved hobby.
When life threw me a curve ball in 1999, called breast cancer, everything changed for me. This was the moment in time I started to focus on healing and living my life to the fullest. Crochet and knitting gave me a creative outlet which helped me to move forward.
Today I live with my husband, Keith in Whitstable, a seaside town of Kent in the UK, and spend my free time designing simple and practical crochet and hand knit patterns. I write my patterns in USA American crochet terms and some in UK British crochet terms.
I am a mother of two (all grown now) and grandma to one (granddaughter 6yrs). I love to travel, walk, take photos, blog, cook and spend time with my family in Australia (when I get the chance). I have a huge interest in natural medicine, which lead me to study at university in my 40's. I love exploring what this life is about, which has included reading motivational, spiritual and self-empowerment books and attending self-empowerment courses.
In June 2015 I had a return of breast cancer after 15.5 years, this time the lump grew in my armpit, impacting on the major nerve of my left arm. This has been the major reason for a slow decline in my designing of new patterns.
The lump in my armpit was reduced by radiotherapy in October 2016 but it is still impacting on the major nerve of my left arm, therefore creating and blogging has been a very slow road.
One day this too will change!