Janet Brani with OneLoopShy
I met Janet last year when I won one her patterns during the 2014 Gift-A-Long. I choose Ends Well to make as one of my 2015 Stash Bust Challenge hats. I like that fact that there were no ends to work in. I really dislike weaving in ends. This was my first time making something with slip stitch crochet and the hat is adorable.
Let’s learn a little bit about Janet.
How long have you been crocheting and how did you first learn?
I learned to crochet when I was 8. My grandmother taught me, and used to “frog” all my work and wind it right back up into a ball so I could try again! I learned years later that my grandmother was left-handed, which might explain why I hold my hook and tension my yarn a little differently than the norm.
How long have you been designing and what led you to design?
I have been designing around 5 years, with the first patterns being ones I created for teaching when I worked at a yarn shop. I submitted a couple of designs to magazines after meeting with editors at CGOA convention, and it has just grown from there.
Why knitting/crochet? What is it that interests you? What do you enjoy most about the craft?
I know how to knit, but always reach for a hook first. Crochet comes naturally to me and knitting is a struggle that usually ends with dropped stitches! When I worked at a yarn shop, I enjoyed a friendly rivalry with my knitting co-workers, which most often revolved around how much faster I could make something!
What is your favorite design of yours, why?
My “Messenger Bag” that was featured in the 2014 issue of Vogue Crochet. I love felting crochet and I had this image in my head of making an animal print. It is one of the few times that the finished project actually ended up exactly as I imagined!
How many WIPs do you currently have and do you think you will ever finish all of them?
I may have as many as 15-20 WIPs, and I know I will never finish them. Once I lay something aside, I tend to lose interest in it and, truth be told, quite often can’t remember what it actually is!
What are your favorite stitches?
I love slip stitch crochet, and intend to do more designs with it in the new year. I also love linked stitches and have been using them a lot to produce a fabric that is more “knit like”. My newest hat pattern, Alexin, uses both slip stitch and linked stitches.
When you aren’t crocheting, what are you doing?
Thank you Janet! You can find OneLoopShy on Facebook and on Ravelry.