Find out more about the fabulous designers behind our Crochet Society boxes! Below we chat to Crochet Society Box 16 designer, Pinar Çelik of @sirinscrochet
What is your favourite type of project to crochet?
If I’m crocheting for myself I like to crochet mixed squares and mandalas but for my channel, beanies and blankets are my favourites. I’ve always liked wearing hats. I keep the beanies to myself and gifting blankets also makes me very happy.
What inspired your design for this box?
Coziness was my motivation. Who doesn’t love to crochet with a hot coffee in front of her/him and soft socks on her/his feet in autumn?
Which of your crochet projects are you proudest of?
I am generally very satisfied with almost all of the hats I crochet but the product that I am most proud to produce is my Cosmos Square pattern. It is a kind of a milestone for me.
The theme of this box is the joy of Autumn (or fall for our friends over the pond!). What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?
I live in a very hot city. That’s why I love the autumn wind and light rain. You can combine sweatshirts and beanies with shorts and sneakers. In late autumn, when the weather gets colder, roasted chestnuts are sold in small cars on the streets. It reminds me of my childhood days. Eating chestnuts from a paper bag on the street and watching the wavy sea are one of the most beautiful things in the world.
Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
Everyone thinks my name is Sirin, but this name comes from the Smurfs cartoon. When I first opened my Turkish channel, I didn’t think this channel would grow. My daughter named my channel when she was just a 7-year-old girl. Wanted the name of the channel to be Crocheter Smurf (In Turkey Smurf and Smurfette mean the same thing, it’s Sirin. It’s also a woman’s name ) When my Turkish channel grew, everyone thought my name was Sirin, so I used it on my English channel too. I’m so used to this name now. It has a nice meaning too. (Meaning; cute )
What’s the best piece of crochet advice you’ve ever received?
I think the best is the simplest. It is something I have always applied since the day I learned; using the back bumps of the chain. I want my work to be perfect.
Where’s your favourite place to crochet?
I like to crochet on my desk in my hobby room, which is where I shoot my videos. Since it is a place where I can stay alone and listen to myself, I produce all my projects there. During the production process, I prefer to work at a desk rather than sitting in a comfortable chair. After preparing the pattern, I can sit on my lounge chair and crochet comfortably.
Do you have any big crochet plans coming up this year?
It’s not a big planner but this year I want to crochet more products about animals like collars, toys for pets, beds and so on. I want to create a pet style.
Where can people find out more about you?
My Youtube channels are “Sirin’s Crochet” and “Orgucu Sirin” (Turkish)
Instagram @sirinscrochet and @sirinorgucu (Turkish)
Facebook page is “Sirin’s Crochet”
Website is www.sirinscrochet.com. They can find my written patterns, video tutorials and more photos there.
Also my Pinterest address is Sirin’s Crochet too
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