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Here we chat to Crochet Society Box 19 designer, Kate Heppell (@kateheppell on Instagram)
Hi! What are you up to today?
Today I’ve been at work – I’m lucky enough to have my dream job in craft publishing. I get to play with yarn and write about it all day! At the moment we’re coming up to the print deadline on the next issue of Knit Now, so I’m writing my final few pages. I’m also checking over the designs for a future Crochet Society box.
What inspired your design for this box?
This was really easy – it’s directly inspired by one of the goodies in the box. When we reveal the contents, I’m hoping you’ll be able to see the resemblance!
What is your favourite type of project to crochet?
I really like quick makes – my go-to is hats, I must have made hundreds over the years! Occasionally I try a bigger project like a blanket or a garment but I find it hard to keep myself motivated unless I’m on a deadline.
Which of your crochet projects are you proudest of?
I made a Fibi The Fox by Lalylala a few years ago which I loved – it was the first thing I ever made that turned out looking somewhat like the photo!
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced with your crochet?
Getting the hang of it in the first place was hard. I learned to knit first, and crochet just seemed so alien to me. I was never sure where to put my hook for the next stitch – in knitting, that’s always so obvious as your stitches are all on the needle!
What’s the best piece of crochet advice you’ve ever received?
The thing that made it click for me which I pass on to all knitters who want to learn to crochet is this: just think of a crochet stitch as picking one up and casting it off. That’s all it is!
Where’s your favourite place to crochet?
I love crafting on the go. In normal times, I get most of my crochet done on trains and busses. Last year I got so much done because I was travelling down to London most weekends to watch the football – my fiancée and I support West Ham Women. I’m really missing that travel time this year!
The nights are getting long here in the UK now – what do you do to bring in a little light and happiness?
I’ve got to admit that I put my Christmas decorations up early. A little bit of sparkle never went amiss!
Do you have any big crochet plans coming up?
I’m looking forward to carrying on with helping out on Crochet Society in 2021! We’ve got some amazing yarns and projects in the pipeline, I can’t wait for you all to see.
Where can people find out more about you?
You can find me on Instagram @kateheppell and knitters can also keep up to date with what I’m doing at work at www.instagram.com/knitnow
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