This is the first in a weekly series of blog reviews that I hope to host here. I will mainly focus on crochet and knit blogs, but may branch out into my other interests as well. The purpose of the review is to encourage connections between members of the crafting community across the world. And it gives me an excuse to look all over someone's blog and have a reason to email and ask them personal questions ;) If you would like your blog reviewed here, please contact me!
This weeks feature blog is Crochetroo.
Crochetroo is a blog created by Susan (known as Cupcake or Crochetroo in various places on the web) to display her beautiful crocheted works. She is an Australian with a heart for local indigenous wildlife, which is reflected in many of the designs she produces. Susan is also proficient at many other items - most recently baby items, like booties; and wearable accessories. Susan has created an online store on Etsy.com where we lucky fans can purchase patterns and finished objects of many of the works you can see on her blog.
The blog posts displaying Austrialian wildlife designs include info on the little creatures she has crafted and excellent photography of the finished items. Susan is obviously proud of her country and is able to make even the ickiest creatures interesting to the crochet enthusiast!
This blog is a great resource for budding designers, as Susan also gives her readers some insight into the creative process behind her work with a tutorial and work-in-progress photographs for her Pug Square (starting design process, finished product).
Crochetroo is a treasure trove of free patterns. The patterns are all clearly written and offered with both Australian and American instructions.
The following is an email interview of Susan:
How long have you been crocheting?
My mum taught me to crochet and knit when I was about 4. I learnt to crochet and knit before I could write. My Nana was an avid thread crocheter who had a doily on every cupboard and crocheted head rests on the old Genowa Lounge. I grew up with crochet.
What's the project you're most proud of?
Probably my gecko bookmarks and rugalugs series. I love making boy things and things which are no frills. A lot of crochet if girly so I try and extend my craft to appeal to the blokes.
What's your favorite thing about crochet?
I have had 1 girl and 3 boys. My sons played a lot of sport at school, in particular cricket which goes forever. I liked the transportability of crochet. My hub and I have always watched our kids play, and used to take a fold up chair, a thermos flask, him with the paper and me with my crochet. I have made a lot of small things for fund raisers and crochet is quick and fun. I am not really into wearables as I live in a subtropical climate.
What do you enjoy working on the most?
Would have to be baby things, and coming up with natty ideas for boys. I also like finishing an afghan. Nothing like that for a sense of achievement.
What is interesting about you besides crochet?
I am a keen gardener and collect bromeliads. I also do water colours. My professional background is as an Occupational Therapist.
Thanks to Susan for her willingness to participate and for all she offers her readers!