For a while now I’ve swooned over an Instagram called @oliveandpickles on Instagram. I think I have said before how much I love the look of a solid hexagon (watch the tutorial), and when I saw Ryane’s unique style of blankets I think I almost fell off of my chair! These pinterest worthy project are simply gorgeous and so eye catching. Today I have invited Ryane onto my blog to answer some question for you lovely lot.
When did you start to crochet? Tell us about your journey from then until now.
I started to crochet one summer about 3 years ago. I started the morning before my children when to spend a week with my parents and I took that week to really focus and learn to crochet. I mostly learned on YouTube videos. I had an epiphany that morning I believe, that there was no one left in our family to crochet my sister or brother a baby blanket if/when they had kids , granted those days were a long way off but it was whole reason for getting started and it was very serious and important to me. In fact, that weekend I made my sister sit down and pick out baby blanket patterns. Lol. From there I picked up quickly, learned many lessons the hard way and as I have discovered hold my hook very differently then many others, the product of being self taught. Eventually I made a blanket for myself that I didn’t love the way I thought I would… But someone else did, in fact a few people did and that’s how I was gently nudged towards selling my work. I knew right away that my true love is creating blankets but I’m not a traditional granny square lover, so I spotted Rachele @Cypresstextiles Geometric Lace blanket and I fell in love. Again one summer while my kids were at their Grandparents I sat down and made myself an adapted Geometic Lace Blanket that I call Colour Block Hexie (a pattern I sell in my Etsy shop) in just 9 days. Once I had done that everything changed in my world. A dear friend requested a blanket like that for her unborn child and away I went. That was my first custom order. I have been crocheting custom orders for clients, family and friends non stop ever since. My greatest joy is knowing that even though I don’t make a lot of money I get to wake up and do exactly what I love everyday and when I’m not working I get to spend it with the people I love. Life doesn’t get any better then that.
What was your first crochet project?
I don’t remember exactly but the one that comes to mind was a solid granny square blanket. The centers were a colour and the last two rounds were white joined with a whip stitch. It was 11 squares by 11 squares. They were rainbow colours, I believe 11 of each color and 11 colours. And they traveled the blanket diagonally, sadly this blanket was one of my hard lessons. It took me 3 months to complete but I did not learn to weave in ends until after this blanket. I had done all the centers with a magic ring, and then to weave in the ends I drew the yarn around that ring once more and then cut it. Obviously after a wash or two all the squares started coming apart from the center out. It’s was so sad.
How do you choose your colour schemes?
Typically I don’t choose my colour schemes, the client does. As far as layouts go, it’s a feeling, it’s hard to explain.
To block or not to block?
I typically do not block, I use mostly acrylic and to be honest I find it kind of pointless. I find that most acrylics don’t hold their blocking. And I tend to just join and see how it turns out. Lol.
Any tips for beginners?
Long tails and weave them all in!! Lol I also suggest starting with a chain instead of a magic loop but wrap the tail around so you can still pull to tighten but with.
Any tips for more advanced crocheters?
I suggest learning your your standing stitches, they really improve the prettiness of your work. If you keep your edges tidy then not everything needs a border, it’s ok, I really dislike adding borders myself. Keep learning new things, heaven knows I sure am!
What is your Favourite yarn?
As far as acrylic goes I love deborah Norville Everyday, it’s so smooth like butter but I’m starting to use fancier yarns and hand dyed yarns for my personal projects. I’m a sucker for anything soft to the touch.
Thank you Ryane for taking the time to answer these questions. I’m truly inspired by your makes and I’m sure other are too. You can find a patter to the Colour block Hexie blanket in the OliveandPickles Etsy store.