Deborah Lavine, local fiber artist, resides in the Tewksbury, New Jersey area for 15 years with her dog, Sadie, and her two cats, Little One and Kittie, Kittie, Kittie. All of her animals are rescued pets which she considers to be the most loving and appreciative living creatures.
Deborah learned how to knit when she decided to surprise her favorite niece, Katelyn Lavine with an afghan for her 10th birthday. She thought a 10 year old would rather wrap herself in an afghan from her beloved aunt instead of a scarf. While sitting on the beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina (one month before Katelyn's birthday) she began her venture into the world of knitting.
Her lys (local yarn shop) thought she was crazy-that an afghan was going to be her first knitting project. Because of her determination, she responded "an afghan only requires few extra garter rows than a scarf". Deborah inherited her knitting genes from her Mother and her Aunt. Her Aunt would knit beautiful sweaters and afghans for the family every Christmas. To this day she still wraps herself up in two of the afghans with her cat, Little One. Nothing like the warmth of wool.
Pie Crust Designs came about after putting a wool hat she knitted into the washing machine and when she took it out, the crown had the indentations of a pie. Considering she loves pies and hats, she named her company what it is today:
Pie Crust Designs
Pie Crust Designs knitting studio is located at the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Her studio is a gathering place for "fiber lovers" to learn and create. Pie Crust Designs offers knitting lessons for creative minds starting at the age of seven.
Pie Crust Designs philosophy for teaching is to focus on projects based on an individual's ability to create something new, while enhancing their stitching skills. Registration for classes are done though www.farmsteardarts.eventbrite.org or in person during studio hours.