Wanda Grayson Designs is run by Dianna Smith who first began her needlework career at the age of about 6 when she embroidered dish towels for both her grandmothers for Christmas. She later learned to crochet at her Grannie's knee while spending hours talking with her and watching her make countless crocheted afghans and doilies.
While living in Denmark, she learned to knit from one of her Finnish roommates. She never imagined what would come of this simple excercise. In the early days, her designs were born of a combination of creativity, boredom and a lack of knowledge.
While living in Scotland, her desire to learn to spin her own yarns grew from walks through quiet country lanes where fleece from sheep ready for shearing lay on the ground or caught in the fencing. It wasn't until much later in Virginia that she finally fulfilled this long-held desire to create yarn from the most basic form - the fleece.
In addition to knitting, crochet and spinning, Dianna is also proficient in tambor embroidery, embroidery and cross-stitch and has dabbled in tatting and sewing.
Moving to Central Illinois opened a whole new world of the community of knitters and resulted in founding Wanda Grayson Designs as a way of providing an outlet for her designs and products.
Wanda Grayson Designs is named in honor of both her mother (Wanda) and her father (Grayson) who inspired her with curiosity, creativity and an openness to a wide variety of influences.
New patterns are being added all the time. A number of basic patterns which can be adapted by the individual knitter will be provided free of charge. In addition more advanced patterns will be offered for sale.