Sally ThirkettleÂ â¤ www.sallystrawberrycrochetandknitting.blogspot.co.uk
Tell us about yourselfâ€¦
I studied Biology at the University of Leicester and then did a PhD researching breast cancer. I moved to Manchester to live with my boyfriend two years ago but currently work as a trainee clinical biochemist in South Wales, commuting back to Manchester at weekends. I get to see the lovely Brecon Beacons, but also enjoy the buzzing city.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I spent a brief period unemployed a couple of years ago and was doing loads and loads (and loads!) of crochet. I also really wanted to start designing and had made a few small items without patterns so knew I could at least give it a go. I thought that starting a blog would be a great way to document this, and also to provide a place to publish any patterns.
What keeps you motivated?
I love the actual process of putting a post together, planning and editing photos and trying to write something that I feel may be of interest to my readers. I am also motivated by my readers and love to read and respond to their comments. I especially love it when I find out that something I have posted has helped someone in some way. One of my readers from America got in touch after I had posted a tutorial about treble crochet and I managed to teach her to crochet a granny square over the ether.
How did you learn to crochet?
I learned during my PhD. It was all-consuming so I really needed a bit of a creative outlet and a way to relax. My Nanny taught me to knit as a child but it was only at this time that I picked up the needles again and learned to do more than just garter stitch scarves.
At a similar time my Mum was teaching herself to crochet from a DVD. Once she had got the hang of it she taught me to chain and make a double crochet and I was hooked! I think that being from a science background helped me to understand and follow crochet patterns quite quickly.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
My friends, family and boyfriend. I feed off the creative energy of others, and am inspired to pick up my hook, knitting needles or whip up a quick pattern when surrounded by other creative people.
Who are your favourite bloggers or designers?
I can pretty much credit Nicki Trench for teaching me to crochet. All of my early projects were from her Cute & Easy Crochet book. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve seen a design by Nicki that I havenâ€™t loved! IÂ love Karie Westermannâ€™s designs and really enjoy reading her blog posts. I am also a big fan of Debbie Blissâ€™s designs, and having visited her homeware shop last year, some of her items will definitely be on my Christmas list this year.
What do you have coming up in 2015?
Iâ€™m planning on opening an Etsy shop soon, so please keep an eye open.
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