Hi! What are you up to today?
Lovely early morning beach walk with my dog Luna. Stopped for the most amazing take out coffee via the coffee truck parked on the beach. This afternoon pattern writing while listening to Taylor Swiftʼs new album ‘Evermoreʼ and burning my favourite smelly candle.
Do you have any thoughts or advice on mindfulness and mental wellbeing?
As a crochet geek myself, I can totally see why immersing yourself in making something from scratch can be beneficial for mental health. For one, unlike work, thereʼs no pressure to have things done by a certain time, you can crochet at your own pace and in your own time. It keeps my mind active and distracts me from my worries.
What is your favourite type of project to crochet?
Always a Granny Square, I love the mindfulness of a simple square. Iʼm also addicted to crocheting bags I have quite the collection now. Should I say I have two on my hook while I type this!
Whereʼs your favourite place to crochet?
Not very exciting! But itʼs got to be cosied up on my sofa. When on holiday in warmer a climate I do love to crochet pool side on a sun bed, crochet one stitch, sip cocktail, crochet one stitch, repeat!
Which of your crochet projects are you proudest of?
This is a hard question. I have so many projects that I canʼt believe Iʼve made. My most treasured project is a huge chunky Granny Square blanket in bright pink and cream colours, made with the softest Peruvian yarn. No one is allowed near it, itʼs that special to me.
Whatʼs the biggest challenge youʼve ever faced with your crochet?
That will have to be when I collaborated on the book ‘3D Granny Squaresʼ with two other amazing ladies. I had 6 weeks to design over 40 Granny Squares and 4 projects for the book. It was hard work! I was overjoyed when it won best Crochet book of 2020.
Whatʼs the best piece of crochet advice youʼve ever received?
Hold your hook however you like. If you burn out from a tough project, keep an easy, fun project on hand at all times so you can work on it until youʼre ready to face the more difficult one again. If you find yourself doubting yourself remember how far you have come.
Do you have any big crochet plans coming up?
Iʼm planning a new crochet book and hope to have my first garment collection
out later this year.
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