Lucy first tried her hand at crochet 8 years ago by teaching herself from a book, and has been ‘hooked’, ever since. She now shares her own designs on her blog Attic 24, where you can find a plethora of colourful and inspiring crochet patterns. Lucy will be at The Handmade Christmas Fair holding a Q&A session with Kirstie on how to turn your passion into a business, in the Super Theatre at 10am on Saturday. We caught up with the queen of crochet to learn about her inspirations, favourite crochet books and plans for Christmas.
1. What was your first crochet project – How did it turn out?
My very first project was a large granny square blanket, it took me five months to complete and it turned out pretty good for a first attempt! Eight years on, I still have it draped over the back of my sofa, it’s one of my favourite makes because of the memories attached.
2. We love the crocheted flowers you made for Yarndale in aid of Alzheimers. What’s your favourite thing to crochet?
My favourite thing to crochet is blankets, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of designing and making them. I love the journey involved when you work on a project over a length of time and the memories that then become a part of that process. Plus I love the colour and texture that they bring to my home and the fact that all my blankets are well used and loved by the whole family.
3. What are you looking forward to most about being at The Handmade Christmas Fair?
I think I’m looking forward to the creative buzz of being amonst so many inspirational people and soaking up some inspiration for Christmas. I’m always very last minute with Christmas preparations and it’ll be nice to get into the spirit of things before December arrives!
4. What 5 things can’t you live without?
Home and family are my everything.
5. Who/what is inspiring you right now?
Right now, my yarn colours are inspiring me, my bag is bursting with warm, vibrant, sunshiny colours and they are making me so happy!
6. What’s your creative routine?
To be honest I don’t really have much of a routine, I work in a very spontaneous and impulsive way most of the time. My days usually contain a little bit of everything – writing, designing, crocheting, socialising, and quiet time at home.
7. What types of materials do you prefer to use, do you work with ethical wool?
I use a mixture of materials and fibres depending on the project. I love using pure cotton for small decorative projects, and I tend to use a good quality, premium acrylic yarn for crocheting my blankets – it comes in fabulous colours, and makes soft, warm blankets which can be washed in the machine (vital when children are involved!)
8. Do you have any favourite crochet books from your collection?
I think my favourites are my collection of Japanese crochet books, they are utterly inspiring and so beautifully photographed, totally inspirational. They are a also a bit of an addiction… just saying!
9. How do you and your family celebrate Christmas?
In a very lazy way! We close the door and hibernate for the day, enjoying cosy family time home, just the five of us.
10. What advice would you give to aspiring crocheters?
If you want it badly enough, you can do it. I am self taught, I used books and the internet to learn the basic stitches and find patterns and projects that inspired me. Always work with good yarn in colours that make you happy and have fun!
The Handmade Christmas Fair is at Manchester Central on 20th-22nd November and we’re throwing in an entry ticket discount code for you Bibelovers, so don’t miss out!
Simply use the discount code BIBELOT20 on the Handmade Fair website to get full day entry to the fair for just £20** (usually £25).
Please see the full details below and snap up those tickets and workshop spaces before they’re all gone!
Exclusive discount code for Bibelot readers!
* Ticket does not include travel to and from the event or accommodation.
Additional workshop sessions are bookable on the day, subject to availability – please arrive early to avoid disappointment. ** Booking fees apply