When did you first start knitting / crocheting and where did you learn?
I learned both by the time I was ten, from my mother. I remember when I learned crochet that it felt like a superpower--a world opened up where I could see how to make anything from start to end.
Can you remember the first thing you made?
A bunch of granny squares that I crocheted together into a baby bunting for my sister's doll.
Who are your favourite pattern designers and celebrity knitters & crocheters?
Well my pal Doris Chan for starters. I have 202 designers favorited in other places on the web!
What are your favourite things to stitch and do you have a favorite item you've made?
Ethereal layers to construct and wear multiple ways. Asymmetrical or offbeat things. Jewelry. Toys. Experiments with lesser-used stitches and techniques and materials.
My single favorite item: "Princess Star Swath" (not yet published. It's like crochet from another planet to me. It's the top right image in my newsletter: http://eepurl.com/Tpekf.)
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?
TV: Lost Girl, Fargo, Call the Midwife.
Music when I need to write the pattern as I crochet it: French pop, bossa nova, early baroque, Japanese oldies.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
Calligraphy, card making.
I used to sew, weave, and embroider but stopped when I had a baby.