My mom, Sherri and I co-own and operate Sol Heritage, using a skill that was passed on from one generation to another. Sherri is a newly retired, creative genius. She has spent the better part of her life helping others and assisting however and whenever she can, whether it is for her career or a friend. She is a crochet mastermind, if you can dream it up; chances are she can crochet it. Sherri is also an avid reader. She enjoys cuddling up on the couch with her black lab, husband and a crochet project to enjoy a good movie.
I am her youngest child, Heather. I have a degree in Forensic Science and dream of opening a boutique with my mom one day, filled with delicious
crocheted scarves and cowls, toasty hats and mittens, fresh local coffee and
sweet treats. I am newly married and became a bonus mom (aka step mom) to an adorable and bright 9 year old boy. When I’m not working my 9-5, you can find me running a crochet club with my mom, crocheting in my favorite vintage chair, creating all natural bath and body products, partaking in fun activities with my husband and bonus son, reading, planning craft shows and attending leadership meetings with Etsy Team Columbus, watching just about any sport or playing in a co-ed soccer league with my husband. I am told I drink obscene amounts of coffee and really, I’m okay with that.
Sherri and I crochet. It is hard for me to narrow it down because we
experiment with so many different patterns and items but I’ll give it a whirl.
We make scarves, neckwarmers, cowls, mobius’ (a cowl with a twist), afghans, dishcloths, coffee cup cozies, hats, fingerless gloves, bags, clutch purses, headbands, ear warmers, earrings, bookmarks and more.
Our products tell a story. If you listen closely you can hear the stitches whisper. You can hear the faint memory of a crochet hook humming through the yarn, creating a calming song. You can hear the laughter of its creator. You can see the pride in every carefully planned stitch. You can feel the warmth of the creator’s love wrap around your neck like a hug from a familiar friend.
Our items are memories. They create memories. They are front and center and yet a subtle piece of the background. They keep you warm during the
blustery days of winter. They are with you at the bon fire where your eyes meet with that special someone. It is our item that you shyly pull your lips into to hide your smile. It is our item that you wear as you briskly walk down the sidewalk, window shopping at Christmas time. It is our item that holds the smell of the one you love after a long embrace. It is our item that you purchase for that special loved one in your life as a perfect gift. It is our item that is delicately woven into your routine each and every day. They are our memories and our legacy that you carry with you as you create your own.
Everything inspires me. Fashion, nature, architecture, colors, the list goes on. Often, I get inspired by my previous project, whether in texture so I use a different yarn, color or just a whole other spin off. But truly, my main source of inspiration is Sherri. She is so creative and talented. As I said above, she can crochet anything. Just last week I asked her how to crochet a certain stitch, it looked like broomstick lace but I could tell it wasn’t done the same way. Hours later she emailed me a photo with the caption “Like this?” It was perfect. Sherri inspires me to try the hard projects, to get out of my comfort
We opened our Etsy shop in January 2010 and started selling at craft
shows later that same year.
We are both from the Kissimmee, Florida area. When I was 10 years old, we
moved to Columbus and while I’ve lived in other states for college, I always come home.
Sherri has been crocheting for 53 years and I have been crocheting for
5 years. When I started bringing finished projects into work, my co-workers
would ask if we could make them one or ask if we could crochet a completely
different product. I had been urging Sherri for years to sell her crocheted
goods at craft shows but by this time I had been shopping on Etsy. It was an
So, we started with just yarn, crochet hooks and very little knowledge of owning a business. Together we have navigated the world of on-line selling,
craft/art shows, consignment and have discovered just how much hard work goes into owning a business. Our passion and love has driven us forward because we are creating so much more than a business. We are creating a life of crochet.
Sherri was taught to crochet by her grandmother when she was just 9
years old and then Sherri taught me to crochet when I was 23 years old. (I had a brief lesson when I was 16 years old but that didn’t go well. I needed a few years to learn some patience.)
Many times I have a project in mind so I sketch it in my idea book. From there I think about the season, yarn and the color(s) that would best fit that particular item. When I have everything decided, I brew a piping hot cup of
coffee or tea, settle into my vintage “crochet chair” and either watch a show or sporting event with my husband or pop in an old movie and get to
Sherri’s process is similar to mine. She graphs out her more intricate
patterns and then picks a yarn and color she feels is best for the project. She
then gets comfortable on her couch (which is often shared by her lab) and
watches movies with her husband or if she’s alone, she prefers Murder She Wrote and Poirot movies.