Congratulations to September’s blogger of the month Barbara aka ‘Noddfacrafts‘ blogger. After finding out that she had been nominated as our Blogger of the month for September Barbara decided to pay a visit to the Craft Barn. It was lovely to meet Barbara and for her to get the chance to have a browse of the Craft Barn. Whilst she was here she kindly allowed us to take her photo for this very blog post. As you can see in the pic below, Barbara was wearing a beautiful hand knitted cardigan.
As usual we sent over the questions to Barbara and she has answered them with photos too…………
How long have you been blogging? What made you decide to write a blog?
I have been blogging for just over two years. I started a travel log when we travelled from Lands End to the Orkney Isles in 2013 in my Camper Van AKA Damnvan1. This log quickly became a blog in which I talked about my crafting,vintage hunts, and travels.
What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)?
My latest WIP is a shawl for my 88 year old Mum for Christmas. I do have multiple UFOs (unfinished objects) but I am trying to focus and complete this gift in good time, and not allow it to become another UFO! But life would be boring without UFOs!
Who taught you to crochet?
My Nanna taught me to crochet when I was a teenager. She could only do edging around embroidered cloths but in order to crochet you can start with very basic knowledge. If you can pull wool through a loop using a hook you can crochet!
What was your first ever knitting or sewing project?
As a very young child I was brought up to sew and knit. As a 7 year old my Mum taught me to use her hand sewing machine with which I made curtains for my dolls house. My Mum also taught me to knit. As an 11 year old I knit squares to sew into the sleeves of my hand knitted school jumper. These were to stop the elbows wearing out as I was always leaning on them! Thrifty days!
Do you watch TV or listen to music while you knit / crochet? If so what?
I do watch tv whilst knitting. I enjoy Great British Bake Off and the British Sewing Bee. I always think that I could win but of course that’s rubbish!
Is there a crocheted project that you treasure? Made by yourself or a handmade gift from a loved one?
One of my greatest treasures is a tapestry covered chair that my lovely late father recovered in hand made and designed wool tapestry. This is what I would save if my house was on fire. (After the dog)
Do you have a crochet or knitting tip you would like to share?
The very best tip is when sewing,wool fabric etc,thread your needle with the two ends of yarn through the eye of the needle. This will leave a loop at the other end. Pass needle through material and up through the loop. This secures the thread without a knot or multiple stitches and is a tidy way of starting to stitch.
Where do you find inspiration for a new project?
I use the internet mainly for inspiration. I am a great Ravelry fan. I also collect vintage patterns and books which are a great sources of ideas. I browse yarn and fabric emporiums constantly especially when travelling in the van. I love the Black Sheep Craft Barn which is perfect as the staff are wonderful and I can have a tea and scone in their coffee shop. I am a pattern first girl. I rarely buy yarn without first finding a pattern.
Do you have a favourite knitting snack?
See 8 above. I drink far to much tea and love scone with jam and butter. Yum!!
What is your favourite yarn to work with? Is there a particular brand?
I don’t have a favourite yarn as it is always the last one that I bought! But I am currently using 100% Alpaca and a fabulous Rowan Yarn called Mohair Haze.
When yarn shopping are you always drawn to a certain colour?
I love colours that are vibrant, clear and lush. I have a tendency to choose from the pink/red end of the spectrum, but it depends how I feel on the day.
Do you have a favourite project?
One of my favourite projects is my Bee Keepers Quilt. This is being made in Alpaca and Sock Yarn and seems to be becoming a labour of love.
Do you follow other blogs?
I follow lots of blogs. Mainly crafty ones.
How many projects do you have on the go at one time?
Currently I’ve six or seven projects on the go. Many are put away in my stash chest but surface every now and again and I do a bit more work on them! Every blue moon I actually finish one! Unfortunately I’m not disciplined enough to complete one before I start another.
What other past times do you enjoy?
Other favourite pastimes include baking, travelling and looking after my Grandchildren of which I have three!
What is your favourite item to crochet?
My favourite item that I crocheted is a multicoloured, bright, Granny Square blanket which I made for my Daughter when she moved into her new home.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
My advice to anyone wanting to try blogging is give it a go. Enjoy the words, don’t worry about followers etc and blog away to your hearts content.
Do you have a preference when it comes to choosing your crochet hooks and knitting needles?
I have no preference for hooks and needles. I have one complete set of needles and hooks from my Nanna. I have another complete set from my Mum. I have collected a complete metric set for myself and I still don’t have what I want! I’m just starting to buy circular needles but even they come in different lengths and I have to buy another one!
Do you read any craft magazines? If so do you have a favourite?
I am a “Magaholic” I buy loads of magazines. I particularly like “Mollie Makes” due to its young, vibrant content and it’s links to the internet. I also buy “Simply Knitting” and “Knitting”.
Who do you crochet / knit for?
I knit and sew for myself and for my Grandchildren. After all knitting and crochet is very ” on trend” these days.