THE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL
Junior doctor Daniel Huntington uses crochet to unwind
“Watching my mum [Simply Crochet’s editor Sara Huntington] crocheting is a strong memory. I’m a junior doctor, currently doing clinical rotations, and Mum suggested I learn how to crochet during the pandemic as a way to occupy myself when I had to self-isolate.
“First, Mum taught me how to chain and I watched a webinar she had done on how to make granny squares. My square has been getting bigger and bigger – you could say it’s a baby blanket now! I’m going see how big I can get it, then move on to hats and tote bags. I find the repetition of crocheting really relaxing. It seems to occupy a unique part of your brain where you can do other things, like watch TV, at the same time.
“I’ve never been particularly artistic, so it’s nice that I’ve picked crochet up quickly. It’s given me an insight into Mum’s world and it’s been a lovely way to connect with her while we’re apart. We’re very close, so this has given us an extra layer of connection.”
Malica Page has rediscovered crochet later in life
“I first learned to crochet at the age of 12. I learned by chance when my sister was in college and her friend showed me how to crochet when I had to stay at home because I was too young to go to a party. My favourite projects to make are dolls – I love seeing them come alive before my eyes. I often crochet items for family and friends, including amigurumi and scarfs for my granddaughters.
“When my family were very young, I was too busy to crochet and only had time to hook up a blanket for my children every now and then. Now that they are grown up I’ve got more time for projects and it’s renewed my enthusiasm for the craft. I’ve set my sights on learning mosaic crochet, graphghans [afghans or throws made using graphs], hooking more garments and teaching myself how to write patterns. Crochet is therapeutic because it takes my mind to new places.”
THE SCHOOL GIRL
Alathia Purtell uses her crocheting skills for the community
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WALL'S ICE CREAM
If you scream for ice cream when it heats up, keep Sarah-Jane Hicks’ wall hanging on standby
FOR THE LOVE OF CROCHET
Rosina Northcott of Zeens and Roger gives her many admirers a bold, fun, and honest dose of crochet through the colourful projects she designs
Support your local yarn shop
As lockdown rules are lifted and UK retailers can open their doors once more, we look at all the benefits you get when you visit your local yarn shop
SPINNING CLASSIC YARNS
From one heritage British brand to another, we talk to West Yorkshire Spinners about Beatrix Potter, sustainability and flying the flag for British wool
Elevate your outfit for those special occasions with Millie Masterton’s bowtiful fascinator headband
A family of crafters has given Val Pierce a lifelong passion and many crochet treasures to cherish
DORA'S JOURNAL...from the studio
Crochet designer Dora Does shows us that with a hook and a little know-how we can take the leap into making garments to be proud of
Meet an indie dyer and indulge in a design with their skeins
Susan Walsh of Peppergoose Design loves to puzzle out putting together crochet garments, as she experiments with surface crochet, construction and complex patterns
CROCHET for all
Whatever your age or life stage, crochet is a wonderful creative outlet and mood booster. We asked a broad spectrum of crocheters why they love our craft
How Eating Organic Benefits People & Planet
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SOLITUDE: DISCOVERING SOLO PLAY IN AN EMPTY GAME CAFÉ
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BYU Students Make Glasses to Help Autistic Kid's Eye Contact
Heidi Kershaw was sitting in on a therapy session with her 7-year-old son, who has autism, when she noticed he kept getting distracted from the therapy exercises.
YouTubers Myka and James Stauffer adopted a toddler from China and shared every step of the process with their online audience. Except the last.
Autism Diet Do's and Don'ts
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Tutoring Business Startup Guide
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Why I Told The World I'm Autistic
As the first openly autistic actor to star as a regular in a TV series, Kayla Cromer crushes stigmas and shines as Matilda on Freeform’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, premiering this month. Here, she shares her story—and why she decided to become an activist for people on the spectrum.
Autism Speaks Chefs Gala 2019
This month, we headed to Cipriani Wall Street to the 13th Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala which is a phenomenal event that has a number of top acclaimed chefs and culinary institutions serving its 400 guests 4 courses of curated meals tableside.
Inspired by a certain space opera, young makers let the good times roll!