MY ROSE VALLEY
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