Alicia Kachmar

A teacher turned freelance writer, crafter, and all-around DIY-er, Alicia Kachmar enjoys crocheting safety cones, mixing martinis, playing pool, biking around cities and making pies.

She grew up in a creative and crafty household in Pittsburgh, needlepointing and sewing before she had really mastered reading. Most of these crafty interests took a backseat to a busy career as a New York-based museum educator/nanny/school teacher, until health travails resulted in a sort of early retirement, and twiddling-thumbs-time-in-bed became her daily routine.

She taught herself to crochet and began to dabble in all those favorite crafts from childhood. Alicia then opened an Etsy shop called EternalSunshine, creating an entire crochet wonderland of frowning s'mores, happy balloons and everything in between. This led to a lot of fun conversations and anecdote-exchanging as well as custom crochet requests like a line of cheeses, a yule log and a ukulele.

Alicia now designs for such magazines as Knit Simple and Crochet Today, and sells in brick and mortar shops around the country.