MY ROSE VAL­LEY

Simply Crochet - - HOOKED -

An­nette Cic­carelli, the Swedish blog­ger be­hind My Rose Val­ley, told us: “I first tried cro­chet at school but it wasn’t un­til 30 years later in 2009 that I re­ally fell in love with it. I was a stressed-out mum of three young chil­dren in des­per­ate need of a creative out­let. On a trip to the UK for my best friend’s wed­ding, I bought yarn and hook on my way to the air­port. The granny square was the goal but I came back home with a num­ber of wonky cir­cles and no squares. I dived into the won­der­ful cro­chet com­mu­nity on­line and found an end­less source of tu­to­ri­als to shape my skills. Blogs be­came my school of cro­chet. I soon dis­cov­ered that I ‘spoke cro­chet’ and started to make my own de­signs.

“I find in­spi­ra­tion from my Scan­di­na­vian roots: na­ture, homes, fab­ric, art, flow­ers, movies. Most of­ten it is colours that get me go­ing. Blogs used to be a great in­spi­ra­tion, and In­sta­gram, but I’ve found that too much in­spi­ra­tion kills my own cre­ativ­ity.

“Shawls and baby blan­kets are my favourite items to make and to gift. They’re a good size and com­ing up with de­signs and colour themes for them is pure joy. I’m also ex­tremely proud of my col­lec­tion of blan­kets, as they of­ten take me a year or more to fin­ish. I don’t know that much about yarn. It’s a bit like wine: ei­ther I like it or I don’t, but I couldn’t give you a full re­port on why. I’m also very dis­or­gan­ised in my creative process. I fly off with ideas to the left and right and find it hard to start and fin­ish one project at a time!” Find An­nette at www.my­ro­se­val­ley.blogspot.ch and on In­sta­gram @my­ro­se­val­ley

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