Meet Sam from Betsymakes!
Samantha Roberts from the Betsy Makes blog is a passionate crocheter and designer, and as well has looking after her gorgeous family, she teaches crochet too! We asked her a few questions about what she loves to crochet most!
Tulip Jar Cosy by Betsymakes
Hello Sam! Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m married with four lovely children. I work part-time as a Registrar and I have a passion for creating with crochet, sewing and a bit of knitting.
Wow, where do you find the time to crochet?
As it’s a passion of mine I manage to fit it in around all the other stuff. I generally start the day with a mental list of things I must do, things I really should do and things I want to do. I make sure I get the first bit of the list done and the do some of the second bit and as much as possible from the third bit that I can fit in.
What was the last project you finished?
I recently finished the Deer Baby Blanket by Little Doolally which was a joy to make. It is the first time I’ve done colour work in crochet to create a picture and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s a great pattern and I’m very happy with the finished result.
What’s on your hook at the moment?
I’m making a gypsy blanket using lots of colours of acrylic yarn (mostly Stylecraft Special) It’s made up of 3 round granny squares – 400 in total. Each square is 3 different colours so there are loads of ends to do, but I’m very good and weave them in as I go along. I’m really loving the blanket, it’s an easy pattern and with all the lovely colours to play with it’s a joy to make!
What yarns do you love to crochet with the most?
I am very keen to try lots of different yarns as I really enjoy seeing how they make up. I also like to compare how they are different whether they are crocheted or knitted. I don’t have a particular favourite as each yarn is suited to different things and also moods. I do love cottons, like Rowan Hand Knit Cotton, as they usually make a heavy, natural feeling fabric. Whilst wool is lovely because it’s so woolly and warm, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino is particularly nice . I’m happy to work with fine crochet thread for doilies one minute and then switch to t-shirt yarn, like Hoooked Zpagetti the next to make a rug or basket. Trying out all different ones is what I enjoy most, I really am a yarn addict!
How did you take the leap from crocheting other people’s designs to creating your own?
I started to have ideas for designs that I thought would like to make. I enjoy figuring out how to construct the item and bring it from a image in my mind to reality. Most of the things I’ve done so far are simple, one-size accessories, but I would like to move forward and think more about multiple sizing for simple garments.
How do you choose which colours to put together in your projects?
It can very much depend on what I’m making. I think about whether I want it to match anything, or is it to be the favourite colour of the person I’m making for. Or may be I’m inspired by something else I’ve seen and like the colour combination.
I have wooden pegs with the Stylecraft Special colours wound round them that I like to play with, and put different colours next to each other to see what works and what doesn’t. I have also found that combining the colours in the gypsy blanket I’m making at the moment means I can see how different colours look like next to one another, as this can mean certain colours look different depending on the colour of it’s neighbour. It’s really interesting to experiment like this and I’ve already had an idea for a boys baby blanket by seeing how the Spice goes well with the Silver and the grey.
Which of your designs would best suit a beginner picking up a hook for the first time?
Probably the Sparkle Scarf, which is a free pattern. It has a lovely pattern, which is not too difficult and once you’ve done a few rows and have memorised the stitches, you can easily carry on hooking up the rows until you reach the length required.
Sparkle Scarf by Betsymakes
Any designs up your sleeve that you’d like to tell us about…
Yes, I’ve recently uploaded my Hexagon Haze Cowl. It’s made up of pretty hexagons with a flower centre and I love how it’s turned out! I made it for my eldest daughter and she was very happy to model it for the photos! She absolutely adores it’s softness and wears it a lot – which makes me very happy too!
Hexagon Haze Cowl by Betsymakes
What would you love to crochet that you haven’t before?
I have tried lots of different types of crochet, including Tunisian and amigurumi because I do like to try out different things. I just want to be able to continue crocheting whatever inspires me at the time!
If you were a yarn what would you be and why?
I would love to be Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino, a yarn I discovered fairly recently. I love the quality of this and all the amazing colours you get in each skein. It is beautiful and interesting – if I could be remotely comparable to this yarn it would be an honour!
Koigu Painters Palette Merino in, from left to right, 426, 219 and 806.