Remember way back in the early days of Facebook when quizzes and surveys were in every post? I used to love answering them. They’re still lurking on the internet, but they’re mostly found on Tumblr these days. I found this one on Mostly Harmless Designs, and thought it would be perfect for this blog 🙂 It’s turned out to be very, very long though, so I’ll be posting it in several parts.
CROCHET/KNITTING ASK GAME!!
1) How did you first learn your craft?
I’ve been cross stitching longer than I can remember, knitting for 7 or 8 years, crocheting for 6 years. Most of my other hobbies are picked up in the last couple of years.
2) How old were you when you first learned to craft?
I really don’t know. I can’t remember being taught to cross stitch. I’ve always been doing it.
3) What was the first project you completed?
Jeez… again, I have no idea. I have been recording (nearly) all my craft projects on Ravelry since 2008 though – my username there is Switchcleo if you want to have a look – and the oldest project on there is these two graduation samplers I made for my best friend and for my sister in June 2008. There are older projects, but none that I can recall.
4) What would you like to make next?
I’m currently really into bookbinding, and I’m working my way through all the techniques.
5) Do you use stitch markers?
Nope. I should, but I prefer to count.
6) Do you watch or listen to anything while you craft?
I nearly always have a film or tv show playing while I work. I watch far too much tv – most of it American stuff.
7) What aspect of your craft is the most challenging to you?
When I don’t pick things up easily. I do a lot of different crafts, and there are lots more that I want to try. When I pick things up quickly I become obsessed and do it constantly for weeks on end. With some though, like polymer clay, I struggle at first. After that I find it hard to make myself do it. I WANT to do it, but I want to be good. And I have so many crafts and not enough time, so the difficult craft tends to get ignored.
8) Which of your past projects are you the most proud of?
I’m proud of everything I make. My rainbow crochet quilt is gorgeous, and my Hogwarts Hama bead logo is beautiful.
But I think I’m most proud of my mini aliens. I learned this pattern years ago – when I asked my friend Cayden to find a simple pattern and feed it to me line by line as a mystery knit. Since then I’ve made 180 of them. They’re a little addictive. They’re one of my best sellers too. I sold 50 to a primary school teacher who used them as an incentive for the kids. And when I sell one at a craft fair and the little kid walks away snuggling it, that really makes my day.
9) How long have you been crafting?
Well, I’m 34 now, and I can remember back to when I was about 8 or 9. I learned to cross stitch before that, so at least 25 years. Urk. That’s a really long time.
10) Where do you usually buy your yarn?
There’s a store at the top of town that sells a bit of everything, and they have quite a wide range of yarn. If I don’t know what I’m looking for, I’ll go there, but usually I’ll get it online from Deramores, or eBay
I’ll end part 1 here, but keep an eye out for more soon :-).