So, recently I was asked to review some crochet hooks by the wonderful people at HiyaHiya Europe and here’s a mini interview they published:
Lisasattik, Welcome to HiyaHiya Europe!
Lisa recently reviewed our HiyaHiya Crochet Hooks so we thought it would be lovely to return the favour and learn some more about her.
We sent some questions over to Lisa about her knitting and crochet inspirations and fascinating shawl designs, so carry on reading to see what she had to say!
What inspired you to start knitting/crochet, and designing your own patterns?
I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was about 7 or 8 years old (I’m 47 now) So a long time. I was inspired and always have been inspired by both my Mam (who died when I was 11) and my Nana. Both were always making something and my brother and I always had plenty of homemade goodies to wear.
My first designs were as a child, making clothes and blankets for my dolls and teddies. Recently I decided to have a go at putting my ideas down on paper for the first time.
Do you have a preference of knitting or crochet?
I don’t have a preference. I love both crafts. I do go through phases though, where I’ll favour one over the other.
Do you have a favourite item that you’ve ever knit or crocheted?
Favourite item I have knit was a chunky cabled cardigan for my husband, it was so squidgy and cosy. My daughter has it now, it’s huge on her but she loves it.
Crochet, I think one of my blankets. It always feels like such an achievement to crochet something as large and multicoloured as a blanket.
You design a lot of patterns for beautiful shawls – do you have a favourite of these? Would you like to venture into different designs?
My favourite shawl pattern to date is my Custard Cream Shawl, I love the texture of the patterns and I LOVE the name.
I have ideas for crochet bag patterns as well as some tops, these will come to life eventually I’m sure, but for now, I’m loving designing shawls and let’s be honest, we can never have too many shawls ￼
What advice would you give to a first time knitter/crocheter?
My advise to a beginner knitter or crocheter is, Don’t Give Up.
It can be extremely frustrating to make your fingers and hands do what you want them to as it feels so unnatural to start with. But keep practising and you will be rewarded ten fold. The satisfaction and joy of making your own things is amazing.
What one knitting/crochet tool or craft item could you not live without?
As long as you have great quality needles and hooks, nothing else matters. They have to be comfortable, feel solid and glide through any fibre.
What else do you like to do in your spare time?
As well as knitting and crocheting I also love sewing. Crissstitch, embroidery and dressmaking. I’ve made loads of children’s clothes and one day I plan to buy a tailors dummy so I can make my own clothes.
I also love going away with my Hubby in our caravan. We love relaxing and getting out to explore with our Border Collie, Poppy.
What did you think of HiyaHiya Aluminium Crochet Hooks?
I am in love with the Hiya Hiya Aluminium Crochet Hooks. At the moment I have the ergonomic type and I honestly thought I wouldn’t consider using anything else but I have been converted, these hooks sit so well in the hand. They feel well weighted too with them being aluminium, so sturdy. The length is perfect, they seem a bit longer than other regular hooks I have tried which means a more comfortable grip. Also, I found they glide through any fibre like a hot knife through butter. And the colour (4mm is gold). Beautiful ￼
Overall. I was surprised I loved them as much as I did and I would most definitely recommend them.
Are there any other HiyaHiya products you’d like to try?
I’d really like to try the Interchangeable Knitting Needles next.