Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Hayley of Hayley’s Atelier. Hayley blogs about crochet and candle making. Hayley chose to tell us a little bit about her crochet past. Read on…
How did you learn to crochet?
About 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Depression just before my 21st birthday, and one of my therapists suggested taking up a new hobby. My mum is a knitter and so I had been keen to try that but could not wrap my head around knitting at all. It always seemed like you need at least 5 arms to be able to hold the needles and yarn, let alone make something nice! After much trial and error, my mum showed me how to do a crochet chain (the extent of her crochet knowledge at the time). After some more trial and error, crochet just seemed to click with me and the rest of the techniques I have taught myself through books and watching Youtube videos.
What was the first piece you created?
I was trying to make a simple single crochet scarf with some leftover grey yarn I got from my mum, but it was early days and I didn’t really understand turning chains and missed quite a lot of stitches too. So in the end my rectangular scarf quickly became an isosceles triangle. I ‘gifted’ the triangle to my cat to wear as a cape. He was not best pleased.
How did it make you feel?
Great! It’s been really satisfying to see myself making progress with my crochet both technically and creatively through the years. My knowledge and experience of crochet is at that wonderful point where I can go from having an image of something in my mind to being able to make it with my own hands, like some sort of yarn-y 3D printer!
Here’s another of my completed projects!
No. Thank you Hayley! I enjoyed reading your interview and seeing your completed projects. Thank you for sharing!
Be sure to visit Hayley at her blog Hayley’s Atelier.
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