I’m so happy to introduce the beautiful and charming Annelies from @annelies.leask She is one of the newest moderators to #craftastherapy and i am totally in love with her photograpy and varied craft projects. Read on to find about a little more about her:Why do you knit/crochet/design?I crochet as it’s become my happy, productive, creative time that I can somehow (just about) manage to do alongside juggling being a stay at home mum to my wonderful, active, autistic 5 year old son and my sweet but cheeky, princess loving 3 year old daughter!2. What’s your fave project that you’ve made?I think the blankets I’ve made for my kids are my favourite projects to date. I love the magic that happens when all the granny squares get stitched together and you suddenly go from lots of little pieces of nothing much to a big old cozy blanket of love!
3. Besides craft, what are you passionate about?I love art, design and photography (and terrible action movies). I’m also a big fan of the outdoors and I love getting out and about with my family.4. Do you have a nickname?No, that’s probably why I somewhat unimaginatively used my actual name as my Instagram name! My husband is hoping that Yarn-Elise might catch on though!!5. Tell us why you love @craftastherapyI love the amazingly creative, supportive and encouraging Craft As Therapy community. Such a lot of love, talent and inspiration.6. What’s next on your ‘to make’ list?There are always too many things on my ‘make list’ probably another blanket (maybe using Tunisian crochet this time), and I would love to try a overlay mandala, a project bag would be nice (if I can decide on a style), and I definitely need an embroidery project too … (The list really is endless)7. What are your dreams for the future.I’ve always dreamt of owning a little art gallery by the coast. Maybe with a coffee shop attached so I could combine two of my favourite things!8. Tell us something random that we wouldn’t know about you?I love building flat pack furniture and I’d happily eat breakfast for every meal of the day!9. Share anything else you’d particularly like others to know about you.I seem to be drawn to calm tranquil photography, I guess to balance out the craziness of my ‘real’ life.
I am very blessed to have a wonderful group of ladies help moderate the @craftastherapy account on Instagram. If you haven’t heard of #craftastherapy, you can read more about it here. The ladies that run the @craftastherapy account come from all over the world, are avid crafters and give up their time to take turns moderating the account….for free! That’s right, these ladies volunteer their time because they are passionate about the therapeutic benefits of craft.
So, i thought it was time to ‘Meet the moderators’ of @craftastherapy! Hooray!
First up is the delightful Ryane from @oliveandpickles, a crafty canadian with a busy young family. She is the crochet hexie queen and has her own Etsy Store, OlivesandPickles. Ryane was kind enough to answer the questions below so we can get to know her a little better.
1. Why do you knit/crochet/design?
I crochet to create beautiful useful items for my loved ones and others; mostly blankets and to feel connected to my Great Grandmother and Granny who have passed.
2. What’s your fave project that you’ve made?
That’s a tough question, maybe my first colour block hexie blanket I made for myself or my newest blanket for myself my scrappy granny stripe afghan. It may sound selfish but the things you create for your self are often the last to be made or take the longest to complete so much extra love and dedication go into them because you rarely or never make anything for yourself.
3. Besides craft, what are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family, taking care of them is so important to me. I also find great joy in music and just being in the warm sunshine. I enjoy photography and baking as well but I am really focused on crochet. Lol
4. Do you have a nickname?
My name is Ryane pronounced Rye-Anne. I haves a few friends along the way call my Rye or Rye-bott but now a days I’m more referred to as mumma, mum or MOM. I would also consider Olivesandpickles to be a nickname my kids point out the pickles and olives sign in the grocery store every time 😉
5. Tell us why you love @craftastherapy
I love the community of @craftastherapy. So warm and welcoming. I felt comfortable sharing stories about myself or my family I hadn’t shared on IG before. I was never judged, the people of this community just offered hugs and compassion. In some cases I felt like they understood what I was going through.
6. What’s next on your ‘to make’ list?
This summer I am taking time off of work persay and am tackling my many works in progress. I’m really looking forward to creating an abstract colour block hexie baby blanket for a dear friend. It will be a silent auction item which is part of her Inaugural Rare Finds Gala Fundraiser. Taking place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada my friend is raising money for The Rare Disease Foundation.
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7. What are your dreams for the future.
My dreams for the future are to be able to continue creating and selling my crocheted items, while balancing motherhood and marriage. Balance is such a difficult task; my daughter has anxiety and keeping her steady, while helping everyone else can be a full time job.
8. Tell us something random that we wouldn’t know about you?
I drink my tea with 3 or 4 sugar in it. I got my sweet tooth from my Grandmother and when I was younger the going joke was “would you like tea with your sugar?” They use to tease her and now they’ve moved on to teasing me. ?
It was an honour and a thrill to be involved in lovecrochet.com’s Indie June, a month long celebration of independent crochet designers. I was able to share the love of our #craftastherapy community during an interview, which you can read in full here.
I also participated in #lctakeover where i took control of the Lovecrochet.com instagram account for a day. These are some of the images i shared during the takeover. Head to the lovecrochet.com instagram account to see more of what happened during Indie June. Thanks for having me LoveCrochet.com
Hello there! Have you been playing along with #craftastherapy on Instagram and wishing that you were able to pick the features? Well, this could be your chance. We are looking for a guest moderator to take over the account for a week, starting Nov 7. The job involves, choosing features, posting inspirational quotes and providing feedback to creative crafters. As @craftastherapy belongs to everyone, the moderators and i thought having a guest moderator, chosen from our community, would be a great way to involve our participants. Okay – to be in the running you need to post a picture on IG, tag #craftastherapy_guestmod and tell us a bit about yourself. If you post a picture of yourself, you will get two entries into the draw. So go on, give it a go! Being a @craftastherapy moderator is a lot of fun! The guest moderator will be drawn this Saturday, but until then please enjoy these features and posts from @neverjillian‘s and @smilewithsadie‘s week of moderating.
We have introduced a weekly theme for @craftastherapy on Instagram, where each moderator chooses a fun theme and a new hashtag for crafters to use. Keep on tagging your makes with #craftastherapy, as pictures for features will still be chosen from here. The weekly theme is there as an extra challenge. This weeks theme is #craftastherapy_nature which has been chosen by @neverjillian. This theme will run until Saturday, so if you’d like to join in please feel very welcome to do so. Below are some of the themes and features from previous weeks. Thanks to everyone for playing along.
Here is another @craftastherapy roundup from Ryane at @olivesandpickles. Her weekly theme was #craftastherapy_hexies, where crafters were invited to tag their images of crafty hexagons – sewn, crocheted, painted or drawn. Her hexie grid is at the bottom of this post. Thanks Ryane! And if you’d like to find out more about @craftastherapy on Instagram please read more here.
I was pretty excited to be back hosting the @craftastherapy page on Instagram. The handle has grown so much since i handed over the reins to a fantastic group of moderators. We are now closing in on 10,000 followers and over 12,000 images under the #craftastherapy tag! Whoop whoop! Anywho, here are some of my features from my week of hosting. We also have introduced a new weekly theme – mine was #craftastherapy_mandala and the features are at the end of this post.
Here is the #craftastherapy round up from last week – hosted by crochet queen, Mariana from @winterbeachbymab. It was a brilliant week with @craftastherapy reaching over 6000 followers. And it’s growing everyday. Please have a little read here to find out more about #craftastherapy and how you can join in. Here are some of Mariana’s picks for the week.
When super crocheter Shelley from Spincushions said she wanted to gift one of her patterns to @craftastherapy i was touched by her generosity. Shelley is an extremely talented crochet designer, who loves designing crochet squares and blankets. She is also just slightly obsessed with seamless crochet. Seriously, her crochet designs are just perfection!
Shelley has created a beautiful repetitive 4 round square, called Mindful, which is fitting for meditative crochet and crafting as therapy. She described the pattern herself as ‘mindlessly meditative’ and therefore ideal for relaxing. It’s beautfully simple little block that can be made as small or as large as you like. Perfect for blankets, scarves or crochet project that uses squares. The options are endless! And in true Shelley style she has written the pattern in both UK and U.S. terms so everyone can have a play!!! Yay! Click on the images below to download the Mindful Pattern.
A massive thank you to Shelley for sharing this pattern with us. And if you’d like to find out more about Shelley and her patterns you can find her in the following places –
Another fabulous week has passed over at @craftastherapy where the fabulous Jill from @neverjillian took the reins as moderator. It is hard to believe that she was initally apprehensive about jumping on board as a moderator – her posts so clever, inspiring and creative. Here’s some of Jill’s posts and featured pictures from last week. Thank you for doing such a great job this week Jill. xx