My relationship with crochet started under grey skies and happy thoughts. While recovering from an operation in 2008, I spent most days drifting in and out of my earliest memories of crochet. Doilies were one of my favourite designs, with its intricate patterns and shapes that form a beautiful piece. I guess doilies were also my auntie’s favourite patterns, because every time I visit her – she seems to be making the same sort of shapes. Looking back, it was such a pity, because if I had learned crochet at the time, I would have many treasures to adore now.
I was terrible at knitting, but curious about crochet for some time, especially when it reminds me of happier times spent with my auntie. This curiosity prompted a quick search in the loft, where I found a stash of yarn that must have been part of an unsuccessful knitting project. There was also a crochet pattern for a dog’s blanket, so for a complete novice crocheter, I was feeling (very confident) indeed. Perhaps I had been meaning to take up crochet after all.
Slowly, the idea for ‘tell laura i love crochet’ came into focus. I still get very excited when ideas for a new pattern pop up. By creating simple and fun projects, I hope crochet can encourage more people, especially children to learn crochet as a new hobby.
I am fascinated with the textures of natural fibres. By using Manos del Uruguay and British undyed yarn, it is one way for me to show support for ethical creating. From the vibrant colours of Manos to the subtle tones of undyed yarn, their natural textures offer an incredibly fulfilling experience when creating a new project.