When did you learn to crochet, and how did that turn into designing your own patterns?
I learned to crochet at school when I was about 12, but I didn’t pick up my hooks (well, at that time it was just one hook!) again until 2016 just before my son was born. Creating has always been very close to my heart. I grew up in a very crafty household, where no DIY project was too big or small. From sewing, to wood work and jam making, there was always some crazy project underway and usually the whole family got involved. I’ve always loved creating and so it was natural to start a blog with a creative focus.
What is your favourite thing to make? Which colours do you love working with?
I enjoy any project where I get to stretch my skills and learn something new. At the moment I’m in a season filled with whimsical amigurumi, home decor and baby makes. I tend to go for softer, neutral or vintage colors rather than big, bright and bold. Having said that, I do believe every color has its place, so maybe I need to branch out a bit!
Which other designers do you admire?
There are so many talented designers out there, it’s hard to choose! I love the work of Sandra Eng (Mobius Girl), Stephanie Lau (All About Ami), Joy Clements (Crochet Road) to name a few.
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How many WIPs do you have?
So many. So, so many…Off the top of my head there are 6 or 7, but I know there are more hidden away in my yarn stash!
Who do you like to make crochet gifts for? I enjoy making gifts for babies and children. The delight when a toddler receives a softy is just too sweet! Baby gifts also work up nice and quickly.
What piece of advice would you give to a new crocheter?
Choose decent yarn for your projects. I spent so much money on poor quality yarn at the beginning of my crochet journey and was always disappointed with my projects. If you are going to put in that much time making something beautiful, use lovely yarn!
What are your crochet plans for the rest of the year? I need to finish up some of those WIPS you were asking about. I’d like to also spend some time doing Christmas themed items and maybe even a wearable for myself!
Where can people find out more about you?
Head over to my blog Thoresby Cottage (thoresbycottage.com) or find me on social media
Tell us something unexpected about you!
I have a Masters degree in Zoology (where I studied naked mole-rat brains) and I play several musical instruments.