Yumiko Alexander

Yumiko Alexander

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Yumiko Alexander. I am DanDoh Designs, a knit and crochet design and yarn company. DanDoh is Japanese for “warm earth”. Much of the inspiration for my designs comes from nature.

I was born in Japan and lived there until I was 27 when I married an American and moved to Chandler, Arizona.

I’ve designed hundreds of individual knit and crochet patterns and published eight books. And during the last couple of years I expanded my business to include four different yarns that are conducive to my designs.

To be honest, I never thought my designs would be more than a hobby.

My design style has evolved over the years incorporating more influence from my Japanese heritage, featuring simpler shapes with lots of texture and unique stitch patterns. The inspiration for my designs come from many facets of my life, but mostly I design things I would like to have in my closet and things I can’t find in the usual clothing stores.

original designs  

original designs

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