Find out more about the fabulous designers behind our Crochet Society boxes! Below we chat to Crochet Society Box 18 designer, Sachiyo Ishii @knitsbysachi
Hi! What are you up to today?
I am working on my second crochet book. It is a collection of mini crochet dolls. It is still long way to go, but I am enjoying every minute of it.
The theme of this box is Season’s Sweetings. What are your favourite Christmas treats?
Dates, nuts, and dark chocolates. They are my favourites.
What are your hopes for Christmas this year?
All I want is to see my sons. My younger one is stuck in Japan and will not be able to return for some time, but I am hoping to see the other son in London. I haven’t seen him since last Christmas!
Will you be making Christmas presents for friends and family?
I usually make biscuits and give them with my tiny toys but I am not too sure this year. Some of my friends are rather vulnerable so it may be wise to stay away from them. I will give them lots of love virtually.
What inspired your design for this box?
Christmas tree decorations. I wanted to make something soft, small, and charming. I enjoyed working on the project very much.
What is your favourite type of project to crochet?
Amigurumi toys, of course. I like making little creatures.
Which of your crochet projects are you proudest of?
I have given an opportunity to create Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Woodstock for Crochet Now magazine this year. I have been a Snoopy fan since I was a child, and I was delighted to work on the project. I think they turned out well.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced with your crochet?
With crochet, it is easier to see the size and shape of amigurumi, however, it is more difficult to incorporate colours. I made many birds as RSPB project which I loved, but I found it difficult to show the colours I wanted where I wanted.
What’s the best piece of crochet advice you’ve ever received?
I taught myself to crochet by following books and watching videos. I didn’t have a tutor, unfortunately.
Where’s your favourite place to crochet?
At home, in my dining room. We are converting the conservatory into a studio now. I cannot wait for it to be finished!
Do you have any big crochet plans coming up?
My first crochet book will be coming out from Search Press soon. It is 20 To make tiny crochet toys. The project is easy, quick, and perfect to use up your stash. I am hoping it will be received well.
Where can people find out more about you?
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