I met Jan Furtado (then Janette Oborne) when we were in ninth grade. She is my oldest friend, not by age, but by years we’ve remained in contact, even though we’re separated by 2000 miles. I give her all the credit for that—back in the days before email, she kept me up-to-date with handwritten letters, and phone calls whenever we were in the same state.
When my first baby was born, Jan sent me a beautiful yellow lacy blanket she knitted with yarn that was part angora.
The last time we were in the same place at the same time was 2010, when we both attended our fortieth high school reunion.
Recently, she sent me an email with pictures of some of her knitting and crocheting projects, and I was so impressed I wanted to feature her work on ARHtistic License.
Jan isn’t the designer of these patterns, but she has been known to adapt as she goes.
Check out her fashions and accessories (click on any of the smaller pictures for enlargements):
Here’s Jan, modeling her crocheted vest:
And look at these awesome toys (I want the monkey!):
These dotty pots fit over bowls. You can turn an old plastic bowl into a beautiful vase for silk flowers.
Jan’s grandmother (I remember her! Wonderful lady.) taught her to knit and crochet the summer she turned eight years old. How important it is to pass the traditional crafts down to our children and grandchildren.
After high school, Jan earned an Associate’s degree from Brookdale Community College in computer science, and a Bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University in Business Management, also working at Bell Labs as a finance analyst for the Research Department.
Currently, she holds CYC (Craft Yarn Council) certification and teaches knitting and crocheting at Sheep Thrills in Lauderhill, Florida.