I live in the seaside town of Scarborough, Uk with my small family. When I found out I was pregnant I suddenly felt an urge to create warm little hats and blankets to wrap up my little newborn. I liked the idea that my little girl would be able to keep the items made for her and get a sense of the love and care that went into making them, knowing that they were completely unique and not mass produced. So many things are made to be disposed of now, I wanted to challenge those ideas and teach my daughter to be mindful of this. As a result of acquiring a new skill I have learnt that handcrafting any item means you no longer take it for granted. You cherish it, and you are more likely to reuse it.
I first picked up an 8mm crochet hook and some cheap acrylic yarn about 4 years ago and haven’t looked back. I began by making hats for my little girl, and taught myself the basics from books and videos on the Internet. I soon learnt about better quality materials for the purpose and what works best for each project. A few dodgy, wonky and ill fitting garments later, I’ve managed to perfect a range of items from blankets to cardigans and toys.
I am naturally a creative person, however crochet particularly reaches out to me as I have always been a tactile person. Anyone who knows me well enough will know that I was completely attached to my security blanket as a child so my theory is, I’ve just transferred that relationship to a much more productive source of therapy. So now, if I’m feeling stressed or anxious, I reach for my yarn and hook, to crochet whilst dreaming about adventures we will have in our motorhome when our plans come together!