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I’m Jennifer Raymond, a knitting and crochet designer and instructor. Tinking Turtle is my business, and the hub where you can find out about my fun and interactive classes, quirky designs, and professional finishing and repair services.

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At the heart of Tinking Turtle Designs, is a love for knitting crocheting, simple pieces with interesting construction, and older techniques imagined in a more modern way. I love crochet accessories, knitted shawls, accessories and socks!


A Collection of Life Notes

Watson and Peake helping with the knitting


Today’s a bit of a mishmash of life-notes and thoughts, being that I’m still working through the laundry from Thanksgiving and have all my deadlines looming right at the same time, mid-month. Not much personal knitting/crocheting has been happening in the Turtle household lately, which makes me a very boring person indeed. I’ve been working in a sweater made in a size small.  Working a size small sample always makes me nervous: even though I know my math is correct, and the piece is measuring out correct, when I look at the knitted piece… read more


Family and Thanksgiving

This is a really poor picture of the sock, but I didn't even get to take a picture of them!


Packing last night to get ready to go, I noticed one of my favorite pairs of socks had a hole in it – like nearly half of the hand-knit socks I own right now.  They’ve went in the repair bag, to take along with me this weekend. We’re heading up to my parents in Upstate New York, and it’s bound to be a lovely trip.  My youngest brother I haven’t seen in person for nearly a year. What are you doing for the holidays? read more


Stained Glass Rug, Out in the World

Woman working on padded crochet motif.


Two weekends ago I had a really fun class I taught at Fibre Space on one of my favorite patterns I’ve designed: Stained Glass Rug.  The class which focused on padded crochet was dynamic and fun – and the students walked away with a good grasp of where to go next.  I’m looking forward to seeing some of their finished projects! Stained Glass Rug has been getting a lot of attention lately: it continues to show on Knitting Daily TV and public television.  Students continue to love learning how to work it in… read more