Hi friends! My name is April Garwood and I am the designer behind Banana Moon Studio.
About my business:
I have many FREE crochet and knitting patterns here on my website. The free patterns are all posted on my blog. You can easily find most of them by using the search box here on my site and searching for “free.” You can also check out my Ravelry Designer Page, find a pattern you like, and if it is free, the link will be there for it. I clearly need to work on a better way to find these, hmm.
I have also been published professionally many times! You can see my work in various issues of Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today!, Crochet!, Love of Crochet, and Crochet World. I’ve also designed for Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts, Cascade Yarns, and Red Heart.
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You might wonder, how did you come up with the name Banana Moon Studio? I spent a day pondering what to call my business. What name would be interesting and true to my personality? While I was doing all this soul-searching, a favorite memory came to mind. When Drama Queen, my oldest daughter, was maybe 18 months old, we were driving home from my parents’ house late one evening. There was a yellow crescent moon in the sky. Drama Queen was sitting in her car seat in the back of our little Toyota Carola, which we no longer have. She pointed out the window at the moon and said, “Beena”, her word at the time for banana. It wasn’t in a really excited voice, she was just calmly pointing out that there was a banana in the sky. When I remembered that, it hit me that “Banana Moon” was a perfect name! I thought at first “Banana Moon Stitches” or “Banana Moon Stitchery,” but after an hour or so of thinking on it, I had it, “Banana Moon Studio”…Perfect!
So, here is my logo. I love it!!! I actually painted the colors onto a banana and then pressed it onto a sheet of paper. The kids thought this was very funny. Mommy doesn’t usually do such silly things, after all, or so they think!
About my personal life:
I am happily married to my best friend. We knew each other for a few years, and then dated for only 2 weeks before getting engaged. Yes, it was a crazy thing to do! We got married 6 months later in 2003. On the internet, I refer to my sweetheart as “Mr AC” for privacy. Obviously, that’s not actually his name.
I have four daughters that are all pretty close in age. Their internet names, in age order, are Drama Queen, Princess, Lady Hops-a-lot, and Baby. I am very blessed to be at home with them full-time and to homeschool them. I view homeschooling as the blessing I never knew I wanted!
I am a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love to answer questions about my faith, so feel free to ask or you can visit http://www.mormon.org/ for answers.