I think I was originally motivated to learn crochet by the pretty scarves and cowls my mother made as Christmas gifts. The reason I stuck with it is that crochet, especially crochet design, ties together many of my different passions.
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial streak in me. When I was in elementary school, I hired several neighborhood kids, many of whom were older than myself, to help me peddle rocks, Play-Doh sculptures, and old Halloween candy around our apartment complex. Nowadays, I satisfy my entrepreneurial urges with the running of my design business.
Crochet design also combines my passions for photography, marketing, and computer science. That last one may not seem related to crochet at all, but the structure of my crochet patterns is similar to that of many computer programs.
Finally, the design process itself makes me feel like an adventurer. There is a vast frontier of techniques and constructions and yarn combinations to explore, and it excites me to know that my journey has only just begun.
I feel that I am just beginning to explore the wonderful world of yarn varieties, but so far the characteristics I love in yarn are tight twist, excellent stitch definition, and rich colors.
What do you love most about designing?
For me, the most rewarding part of designing is hearing from crocheters who enjoyed making one of my designs and love wearing their finished project.
One technique I’m really drawn to at present is slip stitch crochet. I like the stretchiness and texture of slip stitch fabric. I am constantly trying new techniques, though, so you could also say that my favorite techniques are the ones I haven’t yet tried.
Shawls are my favorite thing to crochet for myself because they require relatively little yarn and allow for plenty of improvisation. With shawls, I can freely experiment with different shapes, constructions, and increases without many constraints on gauge, fit, or yardage.
I also enjoy improvising garments for myself and for family members, but I make these less frequently because they are much more labor- and yarn-intensive.
The Dragonfruit Shawl is my favorite design to date. It took me months to take the design from concept to reality, and I’m proud of all the hard work that went into it. I also love how it can be made over and over again with completely different results each time.
I greatly admire the work of Doris Chan, Michele DuNaier, Pat Ashforth, and, of course, all the designers I’ve interviewed for my blog: Tanja Osswald, Dedri Uys, Vicky Chan, Katya Novikova, Patty of Happy Patty Crochet, and Julie of ACCrochet.
Any upcoming projects you can give us a hint about?
This fall, I’m looking forward to releasing some luxurious texture in tweed.
Thank you so much, Keilah!