It isn’t often that I am interviewed. Since becoming a professional crochet designer I’ve been grilled by the best, asked the most penetrating and difficult questions, and have answered as honestly and sincerely as possible. Most interviews focus on my craft and the crochet techniques I champion. Some are just great opportunities to brag on… I mean, promote… my books, current published designs and whatever I’m working on at the time. All of them take the form of Q&A, where they send me a list of questions and I send back my answers, and for the most part my words are presented as written, perhaps edited for length. Don’t blame them. I do tend to ramble on.
But I worry. I often worry that something I say could be taken out of context and misunderstood. I really worry that instead of presenting myself as a competent, innovative but quirky crochet designer I come off sounding like a total geeky, odd-ball curmudgeon (which I am, but who needs to know that?). It’s the rare interview where the questions are put to me in such a way that both personalities are revealed, and published in such a way that I am not embarrassed to let people read it.
This brings me to the most recent Q&A I did for WEBS, America’s Yarn Store, for the feature in the Summer 2014 catalog, WEBS ❤ Doris Chan. I love them back, too! My only tiny and in no way critical issue with the interview is the altered interpretation of that list in the right-hand sidebar. In the original Q&A, I was asked to list My Five Favorite Things. If the question had been what are my five must-haves (as published), I would have curbed my normal impulses and limited the list to crochet/craft related objects of desire. But no. Instead I allowed a couple of my geekiest and gooey-sticky-soft-centered answers to sneak onto the page.
So, although I love this interview and deeply appreciate WEBS, Kathy Elkins and Sara Delaney for allowing me the honor, you can understand my wanting to correct the impression that I am a total EEEDIOT. Yes, baby animals are my favorite things. I will fall apart playing with a litter of puppies or baby bunnies. But are they MUST-HAVES? I don’t actually have any baby animals here at the moment. Besides, you get them, you feed them, they grow. You no longer have baby animals, you have monster animals. Just saying.
I have never been to the WEBS ginormous warehouse of a store in Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s about time, don’tcha think? So on my way back from the CGOA 2014 Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire I plan to make the short side trip and visit WEBS for the first time. If you’re in the area and want to see my face light up with joy and yarn-overload, please come, Monday 28 July, late morning, if I get my butt in gear and leave the conference venue early enough.
Dear Doris, I actually just finished reading the interview in the Valley Yarns/WEBS. IMHO, I would eat cake, drink coffee, and play with pupps along side you any day BUT, unfortunately I will be too busy crocheting The Cousteau Shawl.
Be well, be safe,
warm, gentle hugs
Hooray! My favorite crochet designer meets my favorite yarn store! Webs is where I learned weaving and spinning, and where I’ve bought my yarns for years. It’s an awesome place to go play!
Loved the article! I read it just yesterday! And there is nothing wrong with flying your inner geek flag! 🙂 Live long and prosper, dear Doris!
Oh, and baby aminals are awesome.
And yes, I meant to spell it aminals.
I think that your answers in interviews are always wonderful. Your personality comes through and it’s always perfect.
I love your patterns, I am having loads of fun working on them. I just wish it were possible for a size 2x or 3x to look classey.