Today's blog week post is probably the most challenging - to write about a knitter/crocheter you admire and how others view you.
Inspiration to Learn
I'm a self taught crocheter but I was inspired to learn by my Mum. She crocheted little covers for zills (finger cymbals) for dancing and I thought, "I want to be able to do that."
Inspiration to Continue Learning
Once I was hooked (sorry!) my inspiration came from books, magazines and of course Ravelry. The multitude of patterns out there, and other crocheters completed projects, inspired me to learn new techniques and to get better.
One particular designer inspired me to learn Tunisian crochet. Aoibhe Ni designs the most beautiful tunisian crochet shawls and it was these that drove me to learn this technique. I am still a massive fan of her work today and continue to buy just about every pattern she releases.
Inspiration from My Students
As a teacher I aim to inspire my students. However, I often feel that they are the ones who inspire me! Their perseverance and drive to keep learning new techniques, even when it may be hard, is never ending. The projects they create and patterns they find often have me dashing off to hook it.
They inspire me not only to crochet but also to keep on teaching crochet!
How I Think Others View Me
I'm now pretty sure that when my friends think of me they think crocheter and I'm ok with that. In fact, I'm better than ok, I think it's awesome. I'm often sent links to crochet patterns, websites and pins and, I'm happy to say, am often asked for advice on yarn and hook size as well as how to do something.
It is overwhelming, inspiring and just down right awesome that this is how my friends see me (although possibly a reflection of how much time I spend crocheting)