For April's featured hooker, we have a Craftster whose crochet philosophy is one after my own heart. Rheatheylia
's wonderful creations often recreate textures and patterns common in knitting, but seen less often in crochet. She's especially known for her hats (which I've seen on many wists, including , including the classy Flapper
, the adorable Lattice
, the classic Cable
, and the ever-popular Divine
. And did I mention that she makes wonderful patterns?
Meet Rheatheylia!Crafty Bio:
My real name is Sarah Arnold. Most people assume my name is Rhea because of the whole Rheatheylia thing, but Rheatheylia is really an mix of my two favorite names, Rhea and Ophelia. I live in Ohio with my wonderful husband and our extremely silly, adorable catchild Rogue. Right now I cook, clean, play videogames, and of course craft (I could do without the cleaning, but the rest is great). My mom is an amazing crafter, and the most talented crocheter I know (I keep trying to get her to post on Craftster, maybe she'll read this and finally join!) so I grew up crafting and was always encouraged to make stuff myself.Q: When did you first start crocheting? Why? Do you remember your first project?
I tried to learn a few times when I was younger, but failed miserably. Then one day about four years ago I learned about amigurumi and was bound and determined to get it right. My mom is left handed so she couldn't really teach me, but she helped a lot by telling me I was slip stitching instead of single crocheting, ha! The first "real" thing I made was this tiny day-glo orange bear, it was horrible, half the limbs were inside out, but I was so proud of it.Q: What do you usually make? Do you have any favorite kinds of projects, or projects you don't like to do?
I like to make amigurumi the most, I have a soft spot for adorable things, but it seems to work out that I make more hats than anything else, probably because they're fast, easy, and I like the challenge of trying to work a flat stitch pattern so it increases circularly. I'm all about instant gratification, which is why I don't like tedious long projects that are all one stitch. I wish I had the patience to make some of the gorgeous afghans I've seen, but I'd have no hope of ever finishing the project.Q: What is your "crochet philosophy?"
Hmm, I really like at looking knit hats and figuring out how to do it crochet, so I guess it would be "whatever knitting can do crochet can too" there are so many gorgeous knit hat patterns out there while it seems like most crochet hats are, well, really granny looking, as in my granny actually made hats like that, lol. (shh, don't tell anyone it's actually because I'm totally unable to master double pointed needles so I have to figure out how to do the hat in crochet)Q: Do you have any crochet favorites (stitches, accessories, yarn, designers, etc.)?
I love my Clover soft touch hooks, they've spoiled me for any other hook. I got a yarn ball winder for Christmas, I can't believe how fast it winds balls! It's like I was living in the dark ages before. As far as yarn goes I've been given loads of old acrylic by relatives so I usually just use it for my amigurumi, for hats and stuff I prefer Simply Soft, cheap, easy to care for, and gorgeous colors (I am so not a yarn snob). While I don't have any favorite designers specifically I love looking at all the crochet projects here on Craftster, some are just so creative and well done I find myself wondering how they managed to do that with yarn!Q: Do you do any other crafts besides crocheting?
I love to make stuff, no matter what it is, chances are I'm up to trying it out. I love to cook, sew, fix stuff, I enjoy painting and drawing though I'm not very good at it. I recently tried freezer paper stenciling a shirt for Justin, so I'll probably do more of that in the future. One thing I've always wanted to do but never have is soap making, one of these days Q: Is there anything you'd like to try crocheting in the future that you haven't done before?
Clothes, real clothes, I've made a few shrugs before, lots of hats, but I'd really love to make a nice sweater or skirt. Something delicate with a tiny gauge, and then actually stick with it to completion. I'd also love to make an afghan, I'm pretty sure that's like a crocheter's right of passage, and I've never even made a baby one
Q: Do you have any advice for new crocheters, or hookers who want to start designing their own projects? You make really wonderful patterns - any advice on pattern-writing?
There's two ways I go about making patterns, the first is what I use for amigurumi. I usually do a little doodle of what I want, then make the basic shapes. It's really pretty simple once you get the hang of how to make certain shapes, how to increase for a circle, cone, etc. The next is what I use for hats, I find a stitch I really like, then try to work out how to work increases into it so the pattern is seamless throughout the hat (I really can't stand hats where the crown is just straight double crochet until it's increased enough and then the pattern starts) This involves lots and lots of drawing and both involve lots and lots of pulling things out, maybe other people can design patterns without frogging tons, but not me Q:What is your favorite crochet project that someone else has posted on Craftster?
Oh man, there are so many amazingly talented crocheters on Craftster, I'm absolutely in awe of the amazing tunisian stitch afghans I see on here, such as the ones by pesky pixie
and the recent one by Gege
(which appeals to my gamer's heart since it's Mario) I can't imagine the time and patience that goes into making one of them!Q:What are some sources of inspiration for you as a crocheter (television shows, designers, nature, etc.)?
Knitting, cause I can't knit as fast as I can crochet so I just try to convert everything to crochet, heh. A lot of my inspiration comes from people asking for something, whether it's an e-mail about a certain type of amigurumi that strikes my fancy to make or my sister showing me a picture of a designer hat she wants, I'm not the best self motivator, so if I feel like I'm doing something for someone else I'm more likely to finish it.Q: Where do you usually crochet (coffee shops, the couch, craft room)?
My couch, usually, sometimes I'll sit at my computer and either look at stuff online or type up my pattern while I'm working , but usually I'm sitting on my couch trying to keep my cat from pulling my yarn halfway across the house (which she does whenever I leave a project sitting out
Thanks for the interview, Rheatheylia! We look forward to seeing more of your fantastic creations and patterns (and maybe I can convince you to host some on Craftster someday!
). I'm especially interested to see what you can come with for an afghan!
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