Linda Jensen's Profile

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I received a BA in Home Economics from San Diego State University and then a Master of Science in Home Economics specializing in Textile Technology and Adult Education from Florida State University intending to be a college professor in the fiber arts, which I loved. But, the job market was very bleak for a new college teacher back then. I ended up working thirty years for the Federal Government in a Contracting job to pay all my bills (also attending night school to gain my MBA) and although I was very successful in that highly skilled business career, something was always missing. My first love was fabrics, yarn and creativity. In 1995, I started my own Arts and Crafts business, Linda's Crafts, in an attempt to ease the stress of my challenging career. I have been doing craft shows on weekends in the Southern California area ever since and have branched off into machine Custom Knitting, designing my own patterns and winning many…

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  • Joined December 28, 2006

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I received a BA in Home Economics from San Diego State University and then a Master of Science in Home Economics specializing in Textile Technology and Adult Education from Florida State University intending to be a college professor in the fiber arts, which I loved. But, the job market was very bleak for a new college teacher back then. I ended up working thirty years for the Federal Government in a Contracting job to pay all my bills (also attending night school to gain my MBA) and although I was very successful in that highly skilled business career, something was always missing. My first love was fabrics, yarn and creativity. In 1995, I started my own Arts and Crafts business, Linda's Crafts, in an attempt to ease the stress of my challenging career. I have been doing craft shows on weekends in the Southern California area ever since and have branched off into machine Custom Knitting, designing my own patterns and winning many Blue Ribbons and one "Best Of Show" at the highly competitive LA County Fair for the past several years. I have attended Otis School of Art and Design and attend many seminars and various classes to improve my techniques. I have now retired from my Government career, morphed my small craft show business into My Blue Heaven Knits and I continue in earnest to work on a professional portfolio, developing a network of contacts to offer my services to teach and demonstrate machine knitting techniques and share my love and joy in the art of knitting. I teach a free after-school and summer program of beginning hand knitting to children in my local community center and have private students in both hand knitting and machine knitting for adults. It is truly fabulous and satisfying to see young children suddenly more interested in discovering knitting rather than watching TV or playing video games on the internet. Recently, I was accepted into the Palos Verdes Art Center's Artist's Studio as a new Fiber Artist to sell my One-O-A-Kind original creations at their Museum's Shop. We have two huge fashion shows a year, in the late April and early November time frames. So in-between all of my other classes, designing, pattern writing and travel, I put together a cohesive line of exquisite hand and machine knit garments for those runway shows all based around a unique color palette. In September 2013, one of my patterns, Rhapsody, was published in Machine Knitting Monthly, an internationally recognized machine knitting magazine. Recently, two of my patterns (Cutie Pie Top and Tidal Wave Jacket) were published in County Knitting Of Maine's News and Views. I was also contacted by 20th Century Fox Studios to knit some unique items for a sitcom pilot starring Kevin Hart, probably airing during the summer of 2014. I have a blog at myblueheavenknits.wordpress.com, so you can sign up for free patterns and follow me wherever I go and along with others who are passionate about knitting. Save me as one of your favorites and watch for announcements of new patterns.

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