Hi, I’m Colleen! Based in downtown San Francisco, I’m the sole creator and maker behind Field & Fog. I taught myself how to crochet about 10 years ago while living back in Kansas, mostly making things for myself and gifts for loved ones. After so much encouragement over the years, I decided it was time to share my hobby with a larger audience. When I’m not playing with yarn, I spend a huge amount of time working with dogs. I’m a dog trainer and walker, and basically just spend my work time becoming a dog’s BFF ❤
Tell us a little bit about Field and Fog.
Last fall I finally decided to just go for it and open my own etsy shop. Field & Fog is my baby and I absolutely love focusing on the details, whether it’s in how I package my items or attach custom tags. I believe shopping handmade means more attention to detail and quality, and I hope that shows through my work.
All items are handmade by me in my downtown San Francisco apartment. I get a lot of inspiration from the city, you’ll see a lot of grey shades in my shop thanks to my dear friend Karl the Fog 🙂 I love this city life and try to make contemporary items that compliment that.
What are some of your favorite items to crochet? Do you have certain colors or yarn that you prefer to use?
I love grey. I mean, of course I love all neutrals but I REALLY love grey. I honestly browse the yarn selections at my local craft stores in hopes of finding an amazing new shade of grey yarn to work with. Really good grey yarn can be hard to find!
As far as materials, I enjoy working with cotton. It’s durable and washable, which makes it the perfect material for my market bags and to-go coffee sleeves. When it comes to creating wearables, I usually lean more towards bulky weight wool blends. To me a scarf should be soft and warm, but also durable and easy to care for. Washable wool blends are perfect for that.
I also get bored really fast, so I’m always making something new. Especially when it comes to scarves, I tend to make one or two of something I love and that’s it.
When do you feel most creative? Do you have to get in a certain mindset, or does it come naturally?
Since I work exclusively with yarn, I get the itch to create when the weather is cool. Living in SF air conditioning is hard to come by, so when the weather outside is warm it makes it really hard for me to work with cozy yarn inside.
What do you feel inspires you the most?
I think a lot of my inspiration starts with the yarn itself. I usually pick out yarn that I love first and then figure out what to do with it. It’s totally possible that my whole crochet hobby/addiction is really just a love affair with yarn. When I need inspiration I usually find it by opening up my huge yarn cabinet and just standing there, staring and touching until an idea forms.
If you could do anything at all in the world, what would you choose to do and why?
This is a really hard question to answer! There are literally hundreds of things I’d like to do if I could do anything. In terms of crochet and Field & Fog, I would love to design yarn someday. To be able to work with whatever color and texture combinations I want sounds like a absolute dream. My first order of business would be to create a line of affordable cotton yarn in a beautiful neutral pallet.
What are some of your favorite autumn pastimes?
Well we don’t really have the traditional fall weather here in San Francisco, but when the weather cools off a little I love to spend that time working with yarn. Before I relocated from the Midwest, I loved going apple picking and toasting marshmallows around a fire. I’ve tried making s’mores in our oven but they just aren’t the same!
Who are some creative women that you admire or who inspire you?
I think I get my craftiness from my Grandma. She’s has always had crafty hobbies like painting beautiful ceramic serving dishes and holiday decorations, sewing (we always had the most amazing handmade Halloween costumes growing up thanks to her), and crocheting afghans as gifts. I totally admire her patience for afghans!
Also, I have the most creative friends! One of our favorite pastimes is to have a “craft day”, which is basically just us hanging out working on our own projects together.
What do you love most about being a creative woman?
It feels very freeing to own my own online shop and I love being able to make all the decisions pertaining to Field & Fog. I also love knowing that my brand really represents me and my specific taste as an artist.