We love to interview our favourite designers – it is always inspiring and revealing. We recently caught up with Sarah Shrimpton from the blog Annaboo’s House which is packed full of great designs and techniques.
Who taught you to crochet?
I taught myself a few years ago. I'd given up teaching to be a full-time mum and I desperately needed to put my brain to good use. I decided to teach myself to crochet, armed with a few books and the Internet.
Tell us about your blog
I started my blog back in 2011 and have been writing regular posts since. It's a place where I can write about all things crochet-y and provide lots of free patterns and tutorials.
I love to engage with my readers through social media and they seem to like what I do- I show them sneak peaks of the projects I'm working on as well as the products I like to use.
Which is your favourite crochet technique?
I love to make toys, so it has to be amigurumi! Amigurumi is a Japanese term meaning 'crocheted or knitted stuffed toy'. When crocheting in amigurumi style, you usually use double crochet stitches in a spiral of continuous rounds, so a stitch marker is essential!
Who is your favourite designer?
How do I choose? There's so many I admire!! I love Emma Varnam's cute crocheted creatures, Janie Crow's beautiful blankets and Kat Goldin's gorgeous shawls and wraps. I could go on and on...
Where do you get your inspiration?
I find that I'm bombarded by ideas and images online, so I like to switch off and take our dog, Lola for a walk across the Sussex Downs. It's a great way to find some space and have a good think about the projects I'd like to work on.
Tell us about your YouTube channel
'Beginner's guide to Crochet' had just been published and I thought that some videos which showed viewers how to crochet the basic stitches might be a good idea. Since then, I've added a few pattern tutorials for simple projects, which have been very popular, too. I've got lots of ideas for more videos - I just need to find the time to make them!
We hear that you are working on a new book that comes out in May
'Supersize Crochet' is a book I've wanted to write for ages- I'm such a lazy crocheter at heart and I love a quick and easy project. Using big yarns, like T-shirt yarn is something I've been doing for ages now and I wanted to incorporate awesome patterns which make use of alternative yarns, like twine and giant Merino.
We can’t wait for Sarah’s book to come out. In the meantime, you can keep up with all her latest projects over on her blog.