The time has come round again to announce our Blogger of the month. Congratulations go to Heather from ‘Little Tin Bird‘ blog who is Black Sheep Wools April Blogger of the month. Over on Little Tin Bird blog you can take a glimpse into Heather’s life. One of her favourite things to share is her love of crochet and all of the beautiful things she makes. Heather enjoys taking photographs and there are always lots on her blog documenting her latest update.
How long have you been blogging? What made you decide to write a blog?
I’ve been blogging since May 2009, so that’s six years now – I can hardly believe it’s been that long!
What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?
I’m currently working on another blanket using solid “Elmer” squares, I’m making them 4 rounds in size and using Stylecraft Special dk. I don’t have a photo at the moment as I’m just snatching five minutes here and there to make them! They look like these.
Who taught you to knit / crochet?
I’m self taught, I followed YouTube videos and blog tutorials until I’d worked it out.
What was your first ever crochet project?
I made a small blanket that I ended up giving to my sister. It was 7×7 squares using the Attic24 “Summer Garden Granny Squares” pattern.
Do you watch TV or listen to music while you crochet?
I love to crochet while watching something! I find that I am more productive that way as my mind is occupied as well as my hands. I don’t have a TV so I mainly watch whatever is on iPlayer/other online catchup channels at the time.
Is there a knitted / crocheted project that you treasure? Made by yourself or a handmade gift from a loved one?
I treasure the blankets that I’ve made for my children, particularly my “Big Elmer” blanket that I made for my son, and the little cream/pinky colours Rowan blanket that I made for my daughter.
Do you have a knitting or crochet tip you would like to share?
Always sew in your ends as you go along!
Where do you find inspiration for a new project?
Pinterest is a wealth of inspiration! At the moment I mostly make baby blankets to give to friends and I just use the same patterns and yarns really, I look forward to having more time to be more creative and try out some of the ideas in my head. Well, I don’t want to wish the time away too much as I’m enjoying things right now but more crafty time is something to look forward to in the future.
Do you have a favourite knitting snack?
I don’t tend to eat while crocheting because I need both hands and eating slows me down!
What is your favourite yarn to work with? Is there a particular brand?
Right now I use Stylecraft Special dk as my go-to yarn as it’s so easy to work with and it’s a good yarn for making baby blankets with. I really loved working with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino dk but it’s a bit out of my price range these days.
Do you have a favourite project?
My favourite project is the granny squares blanket that I made with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino dk.
Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?
My favourite blog is Foxs Lane - I love her photography, her honesty, and the perspective on life that she shares. Just a lovely blog.
How many projects do you have on the go at one time?
Oh gosh that varies somewhat! Right now I try to only have one project on the go, work hard on it and finish it, otherwise I end up with too many WIPs and it gets overwhelming. In the past I’ve had two or three on the go. Unless you’re counting things I started ages ago and haven’t finished yet? If you’re counting those then I have one baby blanket, one toddler blanket, two granny square blankets AND a knitted blanket in progress but I’m only actively working on the first two. The others are in hibernation!
What other past times do you enjoy?
Taking photos! I would love to improve my photography and I’ve been working on taking a weekly photo of my son with my SLR using manual settings but I just love taking photos all day long. I use my phone a lot for taking photos at the moment, I like the convenience of it, and I have been using the Project Life app to make a collage at the end of each day – I plan to make a photobook at the end of the year. I also enjoy going for walks (and taking photos), playing with my children, and spending time with my friends.
What is your favourite item to knit?
Just plain garter stitch squares right now – I’m using Drops Big Merino and just making squares for a blanket.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Be honest! And, think about how you’re going to store your photos. If I’d have known how long I would continue blogging for when I started I would have come up with a much more logical way to store them. Now they’re all over the place which isn’t very practical.
Do you have a preference when it comes to choosing your needles?
I prefer metal circular ones, I found that I couldn’t get on with straights. I think its because I learnt to knit after I’d been crocheting for years and I couldn’t cope with anything much longer than a crochet hook. It was weird enough having two needles!
Who do you knit/ crochet for?
Friends and their babies, and occasionally my family. Lots of my friends are having babies right now and I like to make sure that they all have a blanket.