This is my second designer interview! Missa Hills blogs at midnightknitter.com and is half of the team that runs kpixie. Missa’s “I’m a Convert” sweater is published in the Crochet Me book. She posted an excellent rundown of her design process at her blog.
How long have you been crocheting?
I crocheted a bit when I was young but started my current obsession sometime in 2003.
What motivated you to learn to crochet?
Actually, when I was a kid my mom used to make large crochet baskets out of thick twine, big enough for a child to sit in, they were amazing! I asked her to teach me how to single crochet in a round so that I could make them. That is what started it all.
What is your favorite of your published designs and why?
I would have to say the “I’m a Convert” sweater in the Crochet Me book. Simply because I’ve very often chickened out of submitting a sweater pattern to a book or magazine. The stress of doing the math correctly for the sizing and that so many bodies are so very different, I would hate to see someone finish my very own design and have it not fit correctly. So this sweater pattern is my favorite because I conquered my fear with it!
What is your favorite fiber to work with?
I love bouncy merino, it is so forgiving in the gauge department. And it is a next-to-the-skin yarn. I mean, I really love knitting with 100% wool, the results are amazing, but to wear it on the skin, ouch!
Do you have a favorite crochet hook? If so, please describe it.
Oh sure, Boye Aluminum hooks, especially the vintage ones. The hook part is so smooth and the balance is perfect.
Please give us a quick overview of your design process, from idea to finished object.
I usually start with a crochet swatch. I stretch it and stare at it, wondering what it might become. My idea for a project comes from this crochet swatch. Then I draw up a sketch and do some math. Sometimes after I start the project it becomes something else, the more square inches I work the more ideas I get. I very often rip rows and work something different in that row to add some detail. My finished item is never exactly like my sketch, I change my mind constantly! Which goes along with my mantra “I have mixed feelings about pretty much everything in life.” Sometimes I see it as a crutch, other times a freeing creative process.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
I adore Teva Durham, she has no fear.