DON’T YOU FEEL FORTUNATE to have discovered the world of knitting and crochet, spinning and crafting? It is amazing that a stick or two, a ball of yarn and a page of words join forces to become a chic, trendy sweater or a lovely blanket that will become a baby’s treasure.
I designed my yarn craft apron for myself due to the things that annoyed me when I was working on a project:
• Fuzz on my clothes
• Fur in my project
• Yarns that resist unwinding
• Afghans with early rows pilling and fuzzing from friction
• Plastic bags holding hundreds of dollars worth of fine yarn
I would cringe when a baby project fell from my lap onto an airport floor; a ball of cashmere rolled across a church hall; a shedding pet inspected my work; or when a project pulled from a plastic bag was exposed to dust and germs.
I said to myself, “There has GOT to be a better way!”
In early 2008, I decided to tackle these complaints and develop ideas to fix them. The solutions were combined, reworked and refined at least a dozen times until I was satisfied with my invention. All of my woes were finally resolved and I loved it!
I believed that other crafters would find it useful and they did. I presented my newly named KOALA Caddie at the The Knitting Guild Association’s Knit and Crochet Show, in Manchester, NH. They were a big hit and I was delighted!
Many people suggested that I patent my yarn craft apron/tote. With the help and guidance of an expert patent agent, that was accomplished. I met my goal of offering a high-quality, handcrafted accessory, beautiful in design, versatile in function, at a reasonable price.
Happy stitching, Mary Shooshan
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The KOALA Caddie is patented: US Patent D602230 and US Patent 7636949