It's that time of month again! Come meet my friend Marie from Underground Crafter, as we sit here drinking our coffee, and playing with our hooks and yarn!
I will ask the questions, and Marie will tell us all about things crochet. I can't think of a better way to spend my morning!
Marie Segares: Thanks for having me, Ashley. I'm more of an iced tea drinker myself, but I grew up with some serious coffee people, so I'm happy to join you.
What is the first project you ever made? I learned to crochet over 30 years ago, and I don't remember my first project. I do know that I mostly made scarves for the first 15 or so years that I was crocheting, though.
What is your favorite crochet hook? Well, it's probably no surprise that I have quite an extensive collection of crochet hooks. My favorite every day hook is my Tulip Etimo J-10/6 mm. I bought myself a set of these comfort hooks a few years back for my birthday and I have extras in some of my favorite sizes. For Tunisian and double-ended crochet, I love my Denise2Go Crochet for a Cure 2-Hook set. This is also my favorite set for traveling since it rolls up compactly and I can have the right size for virtually any yarn I discover in my travels.
What is your favorite yarn? I love trying out new yarn, so I don't have a single favorite brand. I do tend to favor medium (worsted) weight yarns and I love wool yarns.
When did you start crocheting? My grandmother taught be to crochet. She was a very creative woman and when I would spend time with her, we were always making something together.
Where is your favorite place to crochet and why? Hmmm, I can crochet just about anywhere! But my blog's name comes from my tendency to crochet while commuting on New York City's subways.
What is your most favorite project you ever made and why? I love to wear my Thaden's Asymmetrical Scarf. It's probably the crochet project made for me that I've worn the most. I love the yarn it's made with, the fact that it's asymmetrical, and that I can wear it with so many things.
What is your favorite crochet stitch? I love the half double crochet stitch. It seems under-appreciated compared to the other basic crochet stitches.
What would be your crochet, dream come true? Having more time to crochet would be my crochet dream come true.
When did you know crochet was a passion of yours? I got really passionate about crochet in about 2002, when I learned to read patterns. Before that, crochet was something I did around November to whip out a few gifts but it wasn't something I did year round.
What crochet designer do you admire most? I'm a big fan of Kim Guzman. She shares so much of her knowledge as a teacher and designer. Her patterns are also beautiful.
Do you have any advice for crocheters? Yes! Try new things and don't be too hard on yourself if it isn't “perfect” on the first try. I think crochet-a-longs are a great way to learn new things while meeting other crocheters in a supportive environment, but you can also experiment on your own.
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Thanks Marie, it was a pleasure to get to know you better! We're all looking forward to what's next for you and Underground Crafter!