A Philadelphia-based designer is making a name for herself around the world.
Emani Outterbridge has been dubbed a crochet influencer after her designs took social media by storm and even caught the attention of some celebrities.
Now she takes her passion and shares it with others in a unique way.
The 25-year-old entrepreneur has been crocheting since she was 12.
Emani has introduced a new business model to help others get started with the craft – the world’s first automatic yarn machines.
The pink vending machines are stocked with their individually colored colors, including birthday cake, fruit pebbles and Prada party.
Emani says that it was during her time at a young girl dorm that she first picked up crochet hooks. She says she was only allowed to crochet or watch world news, so she decided on the hobby.
At Parkway West High School in Philadelphia, she quickly turned her new hobby into a full-blown business.
She became a walking advertisement, wearing her own designs and then taking orders.
“‘A string for my dream’ is my slogan … because it starts with a piece of string,” she said.
Orders have been received from all over the world, and even some celebrities want to get Emani’s latest designs, including Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.
One of Emani’s vending machines can be found on Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia.