Over the next few months Bela Crochets will be featuring a series of fantastic crocheters. I have interviewed these wonderful makers to help you find new people to follow and to get in touch with other crocheters like yourself.
For week three I have interviewed Ashley Parker, the maker behind The Loopy Lamb
Crocheter: The Loopy Lamb
Greetings from Ashley – The Loopy Lamb
I’m a crochet designer that lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and 2 adorable children. I started my blog www.theloopylamb.com in August of 2018 in order to share my passion for crochet and crafting with others. I’m a self-professed yarn hoarder and crochet addict….. Ok.. maybe not self-professed… There was that “intervention” thing once but I don’t remember what they were talking about because I was counting stitches. Crochet started out as a way to relieve stress and anxiety but soon became a passion for me. Once I started to design my own stuff, I couldn’t stop. I just fell in love with it. I love everything Harry Potter, birds of prey, baking and reading.
How did you come up with your business name?
My family helped me out with that one. I made my daughter a lamb hat ( design by All about Ami ) and people were approaching me in public asking me if I would make them one too. We were trying to find something that was a play on words or a pun and a family member came up with The Loopy Lamb. Loopy because I’m a little crazy/crochet is done with loops and Lamb, because it was the lamb hat that started it all.
What inspired you to start crocheting?
When I had my son a few years ago I had severe post partum depression and anxiety. I needed something to keep my mind occupied so I took up loom knitting. When I started to see all the amigurumi projects and crochet projects on pinterest I knew I needed to start crocheting. I picked up a hook and never put it down again.
How long have you been crocheting?
I learned to crochet when I was a kid but didn’t really start to crochet successfully until about 2 years ago.
What was the first thing you ever crocheted?
The first thing I ever successfully crocheted was a chunky ear warmer and it was a disaster. My tension was a nightmare and it was big enough to be a cowl but I was proud of it at the time because I had a finished project.
What is your favorite thing to crochet?
I really like to crochet amigurumi cactus characters. They are really what got me started in designing and I always seem to come back to them.
What have you created that you are the most proud of?
I guess the project that I’m most proud of to date is my Arctic Gem Beanie. It was the first pattern that I posted on my blog so it’s kind of special to me in that it was the first time I decided to just take the leap and go for it with designing.
How long have you had a crochet business?
Probably about a year and a half? I started crocheting more stuff than we could use and people were asking to buy stuff from me so I set up an Etsy shop. I didn’t really get serious about it being a business until last summer when I started to design.
What are the main focuses of your crochet business?
The main focus of my business right now is designing/blogging.
What are your ultimate goals as a crocheter?
My ultimate goal? That’s tough. I guess ultimately, it is to just design as long as I can. Shortly after my son was born, I was diagnosed with a rare eye disease that resulted in the loss of 60% of my vision in my right eye. After a few rounds of injections, the disease seems to be stabilized for now but will require ongoing monitoring for the rest of my life. With the risk of potentially losing my vision eventually, it has made me realize how lucky I am to have the eyesight that I do. Ultimately, I want to crochet and design as much as I can before that happens. I dream of being able to do this full-time but as long as I can crochet, I’m happy.
Do you have any must-have accessories when crafting?
My must have craft supply is locking stitch markers. I love them. I eventually want to get some pretty ones.
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Do you do any other fiber crafts?
I also loom knit but don’t do that often since I prefer crochet.
Do you have any non-fiber related hobbies?
I LOVE birds of prey (owls, eagles, hawks, etc.) so I like to go on day trips where I get to work with birds of prey. Two of my favourites were getting to fly a bald eagle and holding a snowy owl. I also do a lot of baking, cooking and reading. Can collecting yarn be a hobby? If so, I do that too.
What are you doing when you’re not crocheting?
Thinking about crocheting lol. When I’m not crocheting I’m either working, sleeping, eating or spending time with my family.
Are there any crafters you would like to send a shout out to? Other designers that I love are: Bela Crochets (obviously), The Knotty Boss (She makes amazing crochet cacti characters. I bow down to her awesomeness). All about Ami – I legit haven’t seen anything she makes that I haven’t been immediately in love with., Rosina from Zeens and Roger – She is hilarious and her feed is full of beautiful designs and bright colours. What’s not to love?
Are there any big projects you are currently working on?
I have a pattern collaboration coming out this Friday (the 10th of April, 2019) with Darn Good Yarns that I am excited about. I also just announced my call for makers for my featured maker program. I am passionate about helping other makers and want to use my platform to help provide an opportunity to introduce my readers and followers to some other talented makers.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Hmm… what else is there? I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd from Ontario, Canada. I have two little ones that keep me busy. In real life I work as a human resources person
You can find The Loopy Lamb by clicking the following hyperlinks: