All images are used with permission and are © Amy Ramnarine/The Stitchin' Mommy.
|Apple of My Eye Apple Cozy, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first get started crocheting?
Amy: A friend of mine tried to teach me how to crochet about 8 years ago. I didn't really catch on but I was determined to learn since I was between jobs and needed a hobby. I started watching YouTube videos and borrowed crochet books from the library. I started teaching myself how to crochet and it eventually brought me to where I am now.
|Kiss Me at Midnight Quick Cowl, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: When did you start designing?
Amy: I started designing about 4 years ago. I had been crocheting for a few years already and I was ready to express myself through crochet with my own designs.
|Sunshine and Hugs Beanie, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: How long have you been a member of the CGOA? What’s your favorite thing about being a member?
Amy: I have been a member of the CGOA for two years now. I love that the CGOA allows crocheters to connect with one another through the CGOA website and in person through local chapter meetings and the CGOA conference. I also love that the CGOA provides all of it's members with opportunities to learn and grow with the help of reading materials, classes, and other programs.
|Mini Clutch Purse, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: You used to be a preschool teacher. Has your background in teaching had an impact on your designing and blogging?
Amy: I think the organization skills that I picked up when I was teaching have helped to keep me organized during my blogging career. I have definitely utilized my task management and scheduling skills when it comes to working with sponsors, yarn companies, and other bloggers. Now if I could only utilize the skills to help me clean up my craft room!
|Stashbuster Granny Stripe Afghan, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for relaxing?
Amy: I like to work on blankets that have a very easy stitch pattern so that I don't even have to look down. I can just continually crochet without thinking. My favorite easy one to work on is my Stashbuster Granny Stripe Afghan.
|Rising Sun Afghan Square, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for challenging yourself?
Amy: Anything related to Tunisian crochet. I am still a novice with Tunisian but I do enjoy a good challenge.
|Little Bubbles Dishcloth, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects for warm weather?
Amy: I don't really like to sweat it out in the summer under a huge wool blanket so, tote bags and anything that I can use around the house like baskets, coasters, and dishcloths.
|Shell Stitch Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: What are your favorite types of crochet projects to give as gifts?
Amy: Baby blankets. They are near and dear to my heart. I make a baby blanket for all of my friends and family members when they are expecting. It's been a kind of tradition of mine that I plan to keep going for as long as I can. This was the first one that I designed.
|Fluffy Clusters Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin' Mommy.|
UC: What are you working on in 2016? What's next for you?
Amy: I am going to continue to help myself grow by learning new techniques and skills. I am also hoping to continue growing my blog. I want to design more garments. I have been afraid to tackle them for a while but am starting to feel a little more confident. I have a few other amazing projects coming up that aren't finalized yet but I will share them on my social media sites when things are official :).
Thanks for sharing your love of crochet with us, Amy!