Joy Clements @crochetroad

What inspired your design for the Crochet Society?

When I felt this yarn in my hands, I knew I could make a sturdy, yet soft, design with it. I just love trying different stitch patterns with a new yarn to see which one really makes it ‘sing’.

 

When did you learn to crochet, and why do you love it so much?

I learnt to crochet just before Valentine’s Day in 2014! I remember it well, we’d gone on a family holiday, and I’d brought along a few skeins of red yarn and a crochet hook with the goal to teach myself to crochet whilst on holidays. I learnt to make a heart via YouTube, and ended up leaving a bunch of little hearts around the B&B to say thank you to our host for their hospitality.💗

Why do I love crochet so much? (How do I love thee… Let me count the ways…) so many reasons – crochet is portable, it is simple, yet ever challenging, Crochet brings me: Mindfulness, Joy, Creativity, Relaxation, Patience, Kindness, Satisfaction & Peace. I love that yarn is a feast for the senses, and that there are so many different varieties. Yarn can look and feel and smell cosy or refined or rustic or fresh; yarn can be so many things, it truly amazes me.

 

What is your favourite thing to make? 

Usually my latest design is ‘my favourite thing’ to make while I’m working on it. I love smaller creations that are finished in a relatively short time; like mandalas, flowers, granny squares, home decor, accessories & motifs. I do love blankets – when they are finished, but they’re not my favourite thing to make as they take me so long to crochet. Baby blankets are OK though as they’re quite small!

 

Which colours do you love working with?

I love pastels, and medium value colours (I don’t tend to love strong, bold colours as much), pinks, corals, neutrals – all the ‘romantic’ colours.

How do you like to relax?

We live in the subtropical rainforest so I do enjoy family bushwalking & picnics, nothing too strenuous, just enjoy relaxing with the smells and feels of the cool forest.

At home, I love to light a beeswax candle, brew a fresh almond chai tea, grab some chocolate. Then I’ll sit in a comfy chair in my light and bright crochet corner, surrounded by yarn, the beautiful sights and sounds of nature right outside my window. I also enjoy a little meditation using the ‘Headspace’ or ‘Calm’ apps.

 

What is your top tip for new crocheters?

Take a break from your crochet, every hour if you can, to stretch your body. Get up from your chair and stretch your fingers, wrists, hands, forearms, arms, shoulders, neck and back. If you get into this good habit, you’ll help to prevent any repetitive strain injuries, and you will more likely be able to crochet for many years of your life!

 

Any big crochet plans for next year?

I’m planning more designing, and more collaborations with international yarn companies. I’m working on having my designs available on more than one platform (currently Ravelry only). My husband just gave me a gift – crochetroad.com website! So I will be working on getting this up and running soon too! Fingers crossed, as I’m not a natural with technology!

 

Where can people find out more about you?

You can find me at Crochet Road on IG, FB & Ravelry

 

Tell us something unexpected about you!

I am a fully qualified Naturopath & Masseuse. Both of these things definitely come in handy with a growing family, and all the members of our family can now massage well too!

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