by Korissa Chupp My inspiration for crochet has always been my grand-mother, however when I was ten years old she passed away and I started turning to my mother. My mother and I have found that when we crochet together it’s a time that we can just step away from our busy lives and just be ourselves.
What’s your name?
What does knitting and crocheting mean to you?
Well, it means connecting to the generations that have come before me in a useful, creative craft.
How did you learn?
My mother taught me how to crochet, but I do not know how to knit.
How long have you been knitting and crocheting?
I’ve been crocheting off and on since I was in the 5th or 6th grade.
What is the hardest project you've done?
Well, I’m not very good at crocheting. Not like my mother was. She crocheted all the time. I tried to make a vest once. It turned out ok, but my mom’s was fantastic.
What's your favorite project?
I really like making matching hats and scarves for my friends for Christmas.
Do you do any other arts and crafts?
Yes, I decorate cakes and I do a little sewing.
What would you say to others who are trying to learn how to knit and crochet?
Keep at it. You can make such cool stuff if you enjoy the craft, so keep learning to do new things. Have fun with it.
Is there anything else you would like to learn?
Actually, I would like to learn to knit since I only learned to crochet from my mom. But now I have carpal tunnel syndrome so it’s hard for me to do a lot with my hands right now. I would also like to learn weaving some day.
Is there anything you would like to say about all the stereotypes of people who knit and crochet?
I guess some people think that it’s only for older women who don’t have anything else to do. But I think it’s a very creative outlet and I admire people who can work well with their hands.