My name is Jen Walkington, the face behind kiwifruit designs!
(*note about where the name kiwifruit came from; My best friend growing up was another red headed girl named Jennifer, and her mom got tired of both of us answering her when she'd call for "Jennifer", so she started calling me kiwifruit. The name stuck, and to this day, it's my name to Jennifer and her family!)
I have been married to my husband, Jeff, for almost 17 years, and we have two boys, Jackson (age 13) and Avery (age 10). We moved to Columbus from Madison, WI about a year ago for my husband's job, so we're relatively new to the Buckeye state!
Over the past several years that I've had kiwifruit designs in my life, I've made a variety of items, some of which I still sell, and some that
are "retired". I started with barrettes because I love working with felt. I also
sold crocheted scarves because I had JUST learned how to crochet, and I worked on my new hobby quite a bit back then. Nowadays I still crochet, not so much scarves anymore, but hats for kiddos and adults. I also make crocheted boot cuffs. Being the mom of two boys, I also make clip on bow ties for boys and men, in prints ranging from the funny and unusual, to retro prints.
I am originally from Fresno, CA., so technically I'm a California girl at heart. My family has also lived in Sacramento (where I graduated from high school), and Indianapolis (where I got married). My husband and I lived in a small town in central Illinois right outside of Springfield, where both of our kiddos were born. We lived in Madison for almost 7 years before we moved here!
I started kiwifruit designs about 5 years ago when I realized that I had too
many creations to give away to family and friends, and I needed to do something with them! Wisconsin winters can be harsh (a few winters ago, we got 100 inches of snow!), so I needed something to keep me busy. Creating is a great outlet for me, keeping away idle hands!
I learned how to crocheted from Youtube, actually, because I wanted to learn so badly, but I didn't know anyone who could teach me! The internet is a fantastic place to learn new things, especially if you're a visual learner like me. I'm teaching two 'intro to crochet' classes this fall/winter in Worthington and Hilliard, so it looks like things have come full circle with crocheting! Another way I learn about new projects, mediums, and crafts is simply by experimenting. I love photography, and literally just go out and snap photos until I have something that I love. Nothing technical or professional, just trial and error. I actually placed as a runner up in last month's photography contest at the Columbus Camera Group. Just proof that if you
create because you love it, it shows in your work!