Candid Crafters: An Interview Phil from The Twisted Yarn

It’s finally March, and spring is in the air! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of a new month (and, hopefully soon, no more snow!), than with another Candid Crafters interview!

As part of this series, we will post a new interview with an amazing crochet blogger at the beginning of every month this year.

This month, we have the pleasure of sharing some crafty insights from the oh-so-talented Phil from The Twisted Yarn blog. Here we go!

1. How long have you been crocheting?

Only a few years. I learned to knit in childhood, but nobody I knew crocheted so it didn’t occur to me to try. Then a knitting pattern I was following called for a crocheted chain, so I was forced to pick up a hook, and I’m now proudly bi-craftual!

2. What’s your favorite type of yarn to use?

That really depends on the project, as I make all sorts of different things. But I’m a sucker for tweedy pure wool in shades close to nature, eg Jamieson’s of Shetland. I also keep a stock of Stylecraft Special for bold and bright projects.

img_18043. What’s your favorite type of hook to use?

Clover Soft Touch, definitely, even though they’re the hooks that beauty forgot. That said, I’m always on the hunt for the pointiest hook possible, and I’ve just tried a blissfully sharp KnitPro (that’s Knitter’s Pride outside Europe, I think) Symfonie Tunisian crochet hook, so I’m keen to explore whether their regular crochet hooks are just as sharp.

4. Do you weave in your yarn tails as you go or save them all for the end?

I am a bad, bad, person, and I generally put off the weaving in of ends until the last possible moment, possibly later, especially if I’m working in slippery cotton. I have a huge rainbow stained glass window afghan that I crocheted a few years ago, but it’s currently sitting in disgrace in the corner because I still haven’t finished weaving in the thousand-plus ends.

5. Do you have any fun projects coming up that we can spread the word about?

Well I’ve just finished a completely bonkers (but fun) project here, so I may have to be sensible and restrained for a while, now. Nah, that ain’t gonna happen.

6. What advice do you have for your fellow crocheters?

(i) It’s only yarn: what’s the worst that can happen? (ii) Try new techniques with a bit of scrap yarn before launching into making that heirloom afghan for your mother-in-law. (iii) There is life beyond the granny square. Yes, there really is. Pick up that hook and go wild!

Thanks so much to Phil for all of her time and her extra-crafty talents! Be sure to check out her blog for some fabulous tutorials and patterns!

Our next Candid Crafters interview will be on Saturday, April 1st.

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