Zeens and Roger
I am super pumped to introduce Rosina from Zeens and Roger! First things first, why Zeens and Roger? Well, they’re both names that Rosina goes by and therefore were the perfect choice for her crochet alter ego.
Rosina boasts the most wonderful, modern crochet designs and her eyecatching Instagram feed is a must to follow. Combined with her quirky sense of humour and funny faces, she’s an online character that is hard to resist.
Let’s Learn more about Zeens and Roger
Rosina lives in an old Devon town just outside of Exeter, sandwiched between the countryside and the coast. She began crochet in earnest about eight years ago, after a first attempt thirty years ago.
I still have a terribly made chain from my first attempt thirty years ago. I can’t believe I kept it, it was attached to a granny square blanket that my Nanna made me.
What made you decide to start designing and selling patterns?
Designing came from not following the rules, I don’t think I’ve ever truly followed someone else’s pattern. Once the ideas came flooding in, I had to start making my own things up from scratch. I started selling patterns because I needed to feed the yarn habit! And then people asked for them, which reassured me that I was on the right path.
What is your favourite design that you’ve created so far?
I have different favourites for different reasons. Sometimes it’s because a certain design meant I overcame a huge challenge (like working out the maths for the Rapture shawl!) and sometimes the colour or stitch pattern gives me the big heart eyes!
My current favourite is Havana Nights, a C2C blanket. I love the simplicity of it, and I love the balance of colours together too. It could easily have looked awful as they’re not necessarily colours I’d normally choose but it just works!
A new CAL that features C2C crochet!
After the success of her first CAL (you can find the details here) Rosina is kicking off her second CAL on the 7th of October. It’s all about corner to corner crochet, which is a super fun crochet technique that every crocheter needs to try. For those who love a good CAL, then this will be a fun one!
Rosina has written a blog post all about it, which included lots of helpful hints and links that will have you C2Cing in no time! Head to her blog for a read here.
Is crochet your fulltime gig?
I probably work full time crochet hours but definitely don’t see a full time salary! Since my youngest son started school a year ago I’ve tried to treat it like a “real” job. I am a huge procrastinator and motivation is hard when you’re kicking about the house on your own.
Rosina finds it easier to work to a deadline and magazine commissions are the ideal way to avoid procrastination when writing patterns. Speaking of patterns, if you’re looking for the pattern found in these gorgeous images, just click on the image and you’ll be taken to Rosina’s blog or Ravelry page.
Where to find and stalk Zeens and Roger