What inspires you?
Nature and people inspire me. When I walk to and from Waterloo station along the South Bank, I see so many people from all walks of life. The businessmen with dark suits and bright socks on their bicycles, the German tourists who always tend to wear artsy clothes, the fashionable designers who work in the area and young ladies dressed for cocktails in the Oxo Tower. I notice this all and take mental pictures of what they’re wearing and their colour combinations. If it catches my eye, I ask myself why it was that I noticed it, and I save that image in my head. Sometimes I really take a photograph! Last week I took the bus home instead of walking so I had a bird’s eye view over Fleet street. I spotted a lady in a skirt made from an amazingly colourful, diamond design fabric. I pulled out my iPhone and took picutres. I just had to. The photos aren’t very clear, but the act of taking the photo has imprinted that fabric on my brain and I know all the detail and colour will come back to me when I scroll through the photos again. Weekends away with our campervan also provide a lot of inspiration. Coastlines, trees, farmland, wild flowers – they all inspire my colour choices. Mother Nature knows how to use colour!
When did you start crafting and who taught you?
I taught myself how to crochet in August 2009 with YouTube and a book from the library. I think crochet must be in my DNA. I can remember seeing my great- grandmother crocheting when I was about 7 years old and thought it was fascinating. My mom is a knitter and a quilter, but those crafts didn’t appeal to me as much as crochet (although I can knit and I recently knitted a sweater). I think the crochet bug was just biding it’s time, waiting for the right condition to show itself to me…similar to a butterfly revealing itself to the world.. That turned out to be just after my 32nd birthday. I haven’t looked back since.
How did it all begin?
I had an Afrikaans blog called Livingourdream where I blogged about our new life in the UK. By August 2009 we had been living in the UK for 5 years so there wasn’t much left to say about making a life here. When I discovered crochet, I shared it all on Livingourdream and eventually crochet took over the Livingourdream blog – no more “John and I went here this weekend”, instead it became “I crocheted this over the weekend”. That’s when I createdekhekel.blogspot.com so that I could transfer all the crochet posts from Livingourdream to that blog and focus solely on crochet. The more I croched, the more I wanted to share what I had been creating. Unfortunatley Afrikaans is not the language to blog in if you want to connect with as many poeple as possible and take your crochet career further, so I startedcrochetime.net. Now I use my blog to not only share my patterns, inspiration and projects but also as the platform for Crochet For Kidneys, a charity project where we make crochet blankets for dialysis patients.
What do you think will be the next big thing in the world of craft?
I can only speak for myself and my taste. I believe that if I like it, there must be other people out there who likes it too and they will gravitate towards me. My taste changes all the time. Lately I’m loving shades of grey with pops of bright colour. I never used to like yellow or pinkish shades, but now I put them next to grey and I love it, which means I’m also starting to use yellow and pinkish shades in other places. I “blame” Pinterest. It’s filled my laptop with colour and imagery that I wouldn’t otherwise have looked at. In fact if you see something enough times and styled in lots of diffent ways, you start liking those things you thought you never would. So for me, the current trend is grey + pops of colour, but that’s just me (and I may be very late to catch on to this trend – for all I know, it’s old hat by now, but to me it’s a current trend.)
Where can our readers find you?
Facebook Page for the blog: https://www.facebook.com/crochetime
and the Crochet For Kidneys Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/502457376533856/
If you had more time on your hands what would you do?
Honestly, I feel okay with the amount of time I have to do the things I love. In May I started working only 3 days a week at the law firm where I’m a legal PA. Now that I have two extra days for crochet and blogging I literally spend more time crocheting than working! I love it and feel very blessed to be able to do this.
What is your favourite yarn store / craft store and why?
I don’t like paying more for something if I don’t need to, so I compare the yarn prices atderamores.com, loveknitting.com and Wool Warehouse to see which one has what I want at the best price. The one with the biggest Sale or best Discount Code is my favourite.
Thank you for inspiring us Natasja!