What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?
I do indeed. My name is CrochetBethany.
As you can see, I have 72 projects listed. I hope to reach 80 by the end of the year. You can also see I use knit meter. My aim is to reach 4 miles by the end of the year.
And with that, the 30 Days of Crochet Challenge is over. If you want to take the challenge – I found this challenge on Knitting in Wonderland via Missy’s Crafty Mess.
Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from crochet?
I guess the most important thing I have learnt, the best tip I can give, is to love what you do. However ugly it is, love what you do. You made it. You put your love into it. So love it.
Also, remember that you see what you work on much more than anyone else. You may see little imperfections everywhere, which is natural when you work so closely with something, but the recipient will just see the love and care that you put in. So try not to be too hard on yourself.
Do you do any other crafts besides crochet? What are they, and did learning to crochet come before or after learning these other crafts?
Again, if you have been reading for a while you will be aware that I do many other crafts.
But for people who may have discovered me through the 30 Day Challenge, my 2 main other crafts are card making and baking. But I also occasionally weave, sew, decoupage, dye yarn, and I have also tried embroidery and felting but I didn’t take to them as well! Crocheting was, however, the first craft I learnt.
How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?
I usually buy most of my yarn in sales. Wether that’s online or in store I usually seek out sales.
If I need something specific, I usually head to John Lewis on Oxford Street. They have a pretty good craft section.
Online, I tend to use Wool Warehouse or Deramores
Of course, if I see an independent yarn shop, I always pop in and grab something. There’s a yarn shop called Hours in my parents home town and it is run by some very sweet ladies. They have a loyalty card too, which I get another stamp on whenever I visit my folks!
Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a crochet-a-long? What was it? If not, why?
As most you will already know, I just bought the first load of yarn for my first ever CAL just weeks ago. It’s for the exclusive CAL in simply crochet magazine!
Do you have a crochet book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!
I don’t have a specific notebook just for crocheting, but I do have a notebook where I put all of my notes, wether that’s ideas, patterns, recipes, thoughts, goals or just shopping lists and to do lists.
I love this notebook because it’s glittery and covered in space things!
It’s quite scruffy, but as long as I know what’s going on that’s all that matters right?
Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?
Indeed I have. I love writing patterns – I wont bore you with all of them since as readers of my blog, you have probably seen some of them, but you can find a couple of the older ones here:
On the left is my Spring Green Infinity Scarf, On the top right is my Candy Sweet Bow, and on the bottom right is my Rustic Cowl.
I have also dyed my own yarn. Only once mind. I would love to try again. You can find out about it here.
If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?
Oooh this is a tricky question. I think I have 2.
If I had the supplies, I would really love to have a go at some giant crochet. I am sure you have seen those wonderful giant knitted throws and blankets. They look so snuggly.
This one was knitted by the wonderful Anna Mo at Ohhio. I would love to crochet something in the same way. This is really a supplies issue, as the yarn required to make such a blanket do not come cheap!
If I had the patience I would love to crochet myself a jumper. Any jumper really. I particularly like this one.
You can find the pattern here. I want to make a jumper but find that I am quite intimidated by large projects so loose interest quite quickly!
Have you ever stricken someone off your to-crochet-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last crochet gift to them?
Not because they didn’t appreciate or take care of them. I mean, I have never witnessed anyone not appreciate what I have made for them, perhaps they are just good actors.
Over the last couple of years I have basically moved almost everyone of the to crochet for list, purely because I am awful at time keeping – the christmas before the christmas before last, I made everyone a gift (that’s 14) but a lot of them were rushed as I left them last minute, so weren’t very good.Then the year before last year I just decided that if they weren’t finished in time I just wouldn’t give everyone a handmade gift, so I just prioritised. And sometimes they were slightly rushed – this bag was still being crocheted on the train to High Wycombe and was still being sewn together as we waited outside the station for its recipient to pick us up! Talk about cutting it close!
Last year I did not make any hand made gifts. The only gift I crocheted was a commission for this Waistcoat, and as usual I left it to the last minute. It was commissioned by my partners step-mum as a gift for his teenage step-sister and I cut it so fine that I had to wrap it myself and then slide it under the christmas tree when she wasn’t looking!
This year I have decided no-one is getting a crocheted gift – instead I will make gifts in other ways.
Do you crochet gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?
Indeed I do. Here are just a few things I have made in the last few years.