Ola Ogunlolu @TheRookieHooker

Interview with The Rookie Hooker

Q1. What inspired your design for the Crochet Society?

For my design, I really just wanted to create something fun that featured an interesting but also intuitive pattern that allowed people to be able to play with colours in an interesting way.

 

Q2. When did you learn to crochet, and how did that turn into designing your own patterns?

I learnt to crochet in December of 2017, and what’s interesting is that I actually learnt through watching videos on the Bella coco YouTube channel. So, being in a position now where I’m designing for Sarah-Jayne’s subscription box feels like such a full circle moment for me. Design for me wasn’t really something I ever set out to do intentionally, it just sort-of came about as a result of me having these ideas, and figuring out ways to execute them, and then it progressed pretty organically from there.

 

Q3. What is your favourite thing to make?

Right now, I’m really enjoying making garments and having so much fun with that. It took me a little while after learning to crochet before I really got into garment making. In my earlier days I was all about making things like granny squares and mandalas and I still enjoy doing that, but more than anything I just seem to want to fill my wardrobe with all different kinds of handmade sweaters right now.

 

Q4. Which colours do you love working with?

I’m a huge fan of all the colours, and I think anyone who’s seen my work could probably attest to that, haha. But if I had to pick just a few, I really enjoy working with pinks, yellows and blues. Something about those three colours just always puts a smile on my face.

 

Q5. Which other designers do you admire?

Oh, so many! I couldn’t possibly even begin to list them all. Every time I open up Instagram and scroll through my feed, I’m just always amazed by everyone’s creativity. I honestly feel like I discover another cool new designer every week.

 

Q6. How many WIPs do you have?

Right now, not too many actually – Just 3. I’ve recently gotten a lot better at staying committed to finishing projects I start before starting new ones, but when I first started crocheting, I would almost always have at least 8 different things going at the same time.

 

Q7. Where is your favourite place to crochet?

90% of my crocheting is done at a little desk I have in my room. Not exactly the most exciting location, but I could just sit there for hours with my yarn.

 

Q8. Who do you like to make crochet gifts for?

So, I’m a bit of what they call a “selfish crafter” lol, so I tend to make a lot of the projects I work on for myself, mostly because I tend to get very attached to projects and often can’t bear letting them go. I have gifted a couple of handmade items in the past though, specifically around Christmas time, and that was a really cool thing to be able to do.

 

Q9. What are your crochet plans for the rest of the year?

Just to do as much of it as possible really, and to continue to learn and grow in my craft.

 

Q10. Where can people find out more about you?

The best place to keep up with me would be my Instagram page @therookiehooker. I really enjoy sharing on there and tend to be pretty active. It’s really wonderful being a part of the amazing crafty community that has been cultivated there.

 

Q11. Tell us something unexpected about you!

Well I suppose this would only be unexpected to people who know nothing about me, but I’m a huge fan of all things Disney. Old Disney movies are one of my favourite things to watch while crafting. I honestly can’t even say how many times I’ve seen The Little Mermaid at this point, haha.

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