Sarah Jane Jackson, Crochet Designer
I’ve not had the opportunity to meet Sarah in person (I’m in Georgia, USA she’s in Queensland, Australia) but was first introduced to her when I tested The Acacia Cloche pattern of hers in 2011. She was so sweet and friendly during the test that I was more than excited when I had an opportunity to get to know her a little bit better through an online designer forum. In the last year, I’ve made two more of her patterns, The Winter Tracks Hat and The Frostberry Hat. Her designs are beautiful and stylish and always current with today’s trends. And of course, exquisitely modeled on her lovely children.
Let’s get to know a little more about Sarah.
The biggest thing about me I guess is that we have 8 children! 7 of them at home, the kids at home range in age from 23 down to 4 and 5 of them are boys (which always leaves me short of models!). It’s busy but housework seems to have become more optional as I get older, leaving me enough time to crochet ;). My youngest starts school next year and I am hoping to turn designing into a decent part time job…..we will see how that goes!
How long have you been designing and what led you to design?
When I first learned to crochet I only knew chain, so I used to design things made with chains and find a way to link them together. I didn’t learn to read patterns until I was about 20 so I have always designed. A few years ago I came across a little ad on a website looking for sample knitters/crocheters and designers, I sent off an email and haven’t looked back since…..I stumbled across Ravelry about 6 months later and that was a match made in heaven, I couldn’t believe that there was actually somewhere I could sell my own designs!
Why crochet? What is it that interests you? What do you enjoy most about the craft?
I have crocheted as long as I can remember with a few breaks for other types of craft. I always come back to crochet because I love the portability and convenience, Also the sheer creativity in being able to take a piece of string and a hook then being able to turn it into something beautiful, it thrills me every time!
What inspires you and/or your designs?
Just about anything, colour, fashion and yarn I think would be the top 3. I am often inspired by a stitch pattern I love and want to find a way to use and I often want to create a certain ‘look’ with what I am making. My steampunk collection was the result of chasing a type of style or ‘look’.
How many WIPs do you currently have and do you think you will ever finish all of them?
Hmmmm I am not counting my wip’s…I might give myself a heart attack. I am sure I have more than I actually remember! I always have at least 3 things on the go at a time and there are a few that are in time out or hibernation. I am pretty ruthless though, if I get bored with them or decide I won’t finish then I rip them out. I am often ripping something out if I am not happy with it. The ladies in my craft group have been known to almost cry when I start ripping something that is almost completed (this happens more often than I like to admit).
What was the last thing you crocheted for yourself?
Unfortunately here in Brisbane most of my style of crochet is not really wearable although I try and wear at least some of my hats. I haven’t finished anything specifically for myself yet but I am in the (very slow) process of making myself a summer top. I’m not quite sure I will ever get it finished though as the colour isn’t thrilling me at the moment.
Thanks Sarah! I anxiously await some more of your designs.
The hat at above is Sarah’s Winter Tracks Hat. It is the second time I made this hat. I accidentally left the brim off this one but it still looks fantastic anyway. See below for links to where you can find Sarah and her designs.