Sometimes on Thursdays I feature a crochet interview, typically with someone who crochets and puts their work on Etsy. I was thinking, though … what if I interviewed myself? I think this is a good way to take some time to reflect on my crochet experiences and a way to allow my readers to get to know me a little bit better. So, I put together a list of questions that I frequently ask in my interviews with crocheters and am going to answer them here.
Q: If you remember, what was the first thing that you ever crocheted?
I first learned to crochet from my mother when I was a kid but all that I learned to make was a foundation chain so the first thing that I crocheted was what just may be the longest crochet chain ever made. When I re-taught myself how to crochet a couple of years ago the first thing that I made was a scarf. I was learning from a kids’ crochet book so the scarf ended up being tiny but I still have it hanging up with my other scarves on the wall because it’s special since it’s the first thing I really made.
Q: Where would you say that your inspiration for crochet comes from now?
I get my crochet inspiration from soooo many different sources. I swear I’m always getting ideas for something new that I want to crochet. Some of the most common sources are:
- The many crochet blogs that I read
- Fashion blogs and magazines … clothing doesn’t have to be crochet to inspire me to want to make a crochet version
- Vintage design websites and photos
- Yarn stores and thrift stores where I see something I want to work with
- Art and fashion documentaries
- My own imagination – I take time each day just to daydream with a journal and a sketch pad
Q: What is your favorite crochet item that you have made?
It’s usually whatever the most recent thing I’ve made is! I think I’m most proud of the first crochet dress that I made without relying on a pattern:
Q: Is there any item that you don’t enjoy crocheting?
I don’t particularly enjoy working with plarn so eco-friendly items that require that don’t really appeal to me. I’ve only done a little bit of work with crochet thread and find it somewhat tedious but I do enjoy it now and then for small projects. What I really don’t like is having to do a lot of joining or weaving in ends so I prefer to work on monochromatic pieces that can be made in one fell swoop.
Q: What is your favorite yarn to work with?
Oh, so hard to decide. I love trying different yarns. I can consistently say that I like merino and the merino blends like cashmerino. I like sock yarn although I work with lots of different yarn weights. I recently fell in love with Malabrigo sock yarn – so soft and beautiful! I don’t generally work with the super fuzzy yarns (like mohair). But I’m open to trying most stuff!
Q: For my final question, I always ask … What is one thing about crochet that you want other people to know?
I think that a lot of people fail to recognize how many different aspects there are to crochet. There are people who crochet as a hobby, people who do it artistically and people who do it to make a living. You can find crochet on the runways and in home design stores and all over Etsy and in vintage shops. And behind each of those pieces is a story and a sense of inspiration and creativity. Personally I enjoy exploring all aspects of crochet!
What other questions do you have for me? I’d love to do a second interview on the site if I get enough questions!