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I received a BA in Home Economics from San Diego State University and then a Master of Science in Home Economics specializing in Textile Technology and Adult Education from Florida State University intending to be a college professor in the fiber arts, which I loved.  But, the job market was very bleak for a new college teacher back then. I ended up working thirty years for the Federal Government in a Contracting job to pay all my bills (also attending night school to gain my MBA) and although I was very successful in that highly skilled business career, something was always missing.  My first love was fabrics, yarn and creativity.  In 1995, I started my own Arts and Crafts business, Linda’s Crafts, in an attempt to ease the stress of my challenging career.  I have been doing craft shows on weekends in the Southern California area ever since and have branched off into machine Custom Knitting, designing my own patterns and winning many Blue Ribbons and one “Best Of Show” at the highly competitive LA County Fair for the past several years.  I have attended Otis School of Art and Design and attend many seminars and various classes to improve my techniques.  I have now retired from my Government career, morphed my small craft show business into My Blue Heaven Knits and I continue in earnest to work on a professional portfolio, developing a network of contacts to offer my services to teach and demonstrate machine knitting techniques and share my love and joy in the art of knitting. I teach a free after-school and summer program of beginning hand knitting to children in my local community center and have private students in both hand knitting and machine knitting for adults.  It is truly fabulous and satisfying to see young children suddenly more interested in discovering knitting rather than watching TV or playing video games on the internet.  Recently, I was accepted into the Palos Verdes Art Center’s Artist’s Studio as a new Fiber Artist to sell my One-O-A-Kind original creations at their Museum’s Shop.  We have two huge fashion shows a year, in the late April and early November timeframes.  So in-between all of my other classes, designing, pattern writing and travel, I put together a cohesive line of exquisite hand and machine knit garments for those runway shows all based around a unique color palette.  In September 2013, one of my patterns was published in Machine Knittiing Monthly, an internationally recognized machine knitting magazine.  Two of my patterns, the Cutie Pie Top and Tidal Wave were published in Country Knitting Of Maine’s News and Views recently.  Now, I am knitting for a Fox TV pilot starring Kevin Hart.  I keep on finding new ways to share this love of knitting with the world. I have an Etsy shop at http://www.LindasCrafts.Etsy.com where you can get all my patterns as an instant download.  Save me as one of your favorites and watch for announcements of new patterns.

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1. Pamela Pommerenke - September 21, 2010

You stated in your recent blog “At the top, center, is my Studio 860 with Ribber set up on the Power Drive Unit, the KE 100.” I have a 860 and ribber and a KE100, I am missing the attachement to connect to knitting machine to the motor. Would it be possible for you to send me a photo of that part? It would be greatly appreciated.

myblueheavenknits - September 21, 2010

I am out of the country right now for 5 weeks, in Costa Rica. I can put a picture up on my blog of a close up of how it is connected. It is a special hand crafted handle made out of hard maple wood that I got on EBay. Along with it are long screws to attach it through the handle bracket on the carriage and some wooden fittings that adapt the mid-gauge machine to the power stand. The KE100 was made for either a standard or bulky machine, so the stand clamps wont fit unless you have these adapters. I haven’t seen this handle again, but if there’s one, there might be another. I admit that the 860 with its ribber on the power drive is totally indulgent and probably very rare.

When I get back home, I will do a post just for you. So keep me as a Favorite and stay tuned around Halloween.

2. Pamela Pommerenke - September 22, 2010

Thank you. Please have a wonderful holiday and a safe trip home. I will stay tuned to the blog.

myblueheavenknits - October 29, 2010

I am back now and will try and get a picture of this handle set-up for you.

3. Brenda Graves - November 21, 2010

Hi Linda,
Just want to let you know I have enjoyed your Blog. What fun! Looking forward to your return to share more knitting with you. Warmest Regards, Brenda Graves

4. Susan Zurbuchen - November 30, 2010

I am looking for the following pattern, could you help me. I don’t find it on the web. I am a beginner machine knitter and would love to order the pattern.

Hollywood Swag Cap & Scarf
Original Pattern from My Blue Heaven Knits
by Linda Jenen

Thank You

myblueheavenknits - November 30, 2010

Absolutely! That is my pattern and you can access it on Etsy. The exact address is: LindasCrafts.Etsy.com. That is a great beginner pattern and you can make both the scarf and hat in a day! Let me know if you can’t find it there. Linda

5. 2010 in review « Myblueheavenknits's Blog - January 2, 2011

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6. myblueheavenknits - April 22, 2011

Thanks for contacting me. Can you give me an idea of how long the classes are, how many attendees usually come and maybe a schedule from one of your previous seminars? It is farther than I have ever gone before to teach, but I am intrigued (being a totally California Girl) about your location. Gosh, are you close to Canada? – way up there at least. I will have to do some checking with my husband. Right now, I am furiously making samples and finalizing new patterns for my demonstrations for the Newton’s Knits Spring Fling seminar coming up next week. It is hard to think about next year – also, I don’t want to have a schedule conflict with Newton’s next seminar, so I will check with them also and give you a call sometime on or before the 27th. And, probably, I will need to do a quick check on how much airfare is, etc. etc. My email is lindasuejensen@gmail.com and my phone number is 310-536-9334 just so you have them. Talk to you soon!

7. BETTY JOHNSON - November 4, 2012

I am looking for this pattern Hollywood Swag Cap and Scaf
Would you have this.
Thank you

myblueheavenknits - November 5, 2012

YES!! It is posted at LindasCrafts.Etsy.com

You can get it there. Thanks again for tracking it down.

8. Brenda - November 5, 2012

Hi Linda,
Thanks for keeping me posted. It is so much fun reading your site. Have a great day! Brenda

9. Chris Mori - March 16, 2015

I purchased some beautiful yarn from you several months ago and was hoping to buy something else. Do you still sell yarns at your studio when you are in Southern California?

myblueheavenknits - March 19, 2015

Hi Chris. I will be back in CA in a couple of weeks – still in Costa Rica. Yes, I will be having my summer yarn sales every week so you should become a subscriber here and see what I will bring out of storage each week. Sorry I didn’t answer sooner, I have been sick.

Chris Mori - April 14, 2015

So glad you and your husband are feeling better! I’m now subscribed and looking forward to seeing you in person again. Take care.

10. Maria Rios - November 1, 2015

I love your designs! I was wondering if you could upload a picutre of the back of the Rhapsody. I bought the pattern booklet at the Newton’s Fall Fober Ferstival and I’m having trouble understanding how to make it complete.

myblueheavenknits - November 1, 2015

I sent you a private message and pic on this. Thanks for the question!

11. Maxine French - January 17, 2017

I would like to have a hard copy the dragon tail shawlette but am unable to print it. Help!

myblueheavenknits - January 17, 2017

Maxine, I put up a copy of it on KnittingParadise. If you haven’t checked them out, no time like the present – and it is free, a great resource for all kinds of patterns and they have a special section for Machine Knitting.

12. Chris Mori - March 27, 2017

Will you be selling your yarn leftovers any time soon?

myblueheavenknits - March 27, 2017

Yes, just waiting for our unusually rainy weather to calm down. I will post here and have bunches and bunches, bags and bags, bales and bales ready for sale. Better rent a truck!!!

13. Chris Mori - March 28, 2017

Most excellent! Really looking forward to it


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