I first got acquainted with crochet in my teens. You know, it was just 'one of those crafts' we indulged in while walking to school or chatting with friends. But after I left High School, I forgot all about crochet. I picked it back 15 years later. So, I'd say I’ve been crocheting actively for 3 years now.
How did you learn to crochet?
I learned crochet through a book my husband got me. I tried the youtube route, but soon realized I preferred seeing it in picture than in video. Because, I had to pause the video like 100 times (exaggeration, of course) to understand some basics, and that wasn't working for me.
Ummm, I think that would be that I’d be an insatiable yarn hoarder. Haha. But seriously, I wish I'd known there's no one way to get a project done. For instance, I was fixated on making hats in the round, not knowing you could create a hat out of rectangles or even squares. Or say, those marvelous cardigans out there. If I'd known you could just make a long flat fabric and turn it into a sweater, I'd have given it a try long ago. I hope I give it a go sometime soon.
The possibilities are endless- if you can imagine it, you can crochet it.
Is there a certain type of pattern you love to design the most? Why?
I love making headbands- they’re relatively easy, quick and they make great gifts. And recently, because I've been watching a lot of cartoon with our sons, I've been drawn to making amigurumi.
Most of the time, the least expected things inspire me. Just the other day, I got inspiration from one of our son's waterproof bed spread. I'd seen the image on it before, but it just hit me 'like that'. So, I'd say I get inspired my the unexpected. And yes, pinterest is a treasure trove! haha. Muse? most of the time, they're inanimate.
For me, it is being consistent. Or should I say being focused? Before beginning a design there's usually a picture in mind of the desired result, but midway I'm tempted to alter it. Maybe by making a different kind of stitch in the middle of a project (yes, my mind gets unruly like that. haha). I'm learning to stay my mind while designing though, and turning away from social media while as well.
Hmm! You’re right it is difficult, because I am proud of all my creations. But let me say the Snowman- just because it was my first amigurumi design.
What advice would you pass along to other crocheters?
ENJOY the process of creating, both the good and frustrating parts. Because most of the time, we only get to create/ make a pattern once.