Meet Rebecca of Little Monkeys Crochet
I enjoy getting to visit Little Monkeys Crochet and checking out what she’s been up to lately on her site. Rebecca, the owner, is very talented, full of knowledge, honest, nice, generous, and a delight to talk too. She is helpful, always willing to share her knowledge with others, shares other crochet designer’s projects, and much more.
Tell me a little something about your personal life ~ kids, family, pets, etc.
My husband and I have been married for 8 years. We have two adorable and energetic little boys – Samuel (5), who started Kindergarten this week, and Isaiah (3), who started Preschool. We also have an equally energetic siberian husky.
How long have you been crocheting?
I’ve been crocheting for about 4 years. I taught myself after designing a friend’s web site – she sold crochet items, and I thought they were so cute. I had wanted to come up with something to make for Christmas gifts that year, so crochet it was.
How long have you been blogging? Why did you start blogging?
With the encouragement of my husband (who believes in me more than I usually believe in myself), I launched the Little Monkeys Crochet blog on January 16, 2014. I by no means felt like an expert, but we had been looking for ways for me to contribute to the family income without having to leave my babies, and I had been “designing” my own crochet patterns in my head almost from the beginning. So we thought, why not give it a try?
What are your favorite items to make?
I love to make hats and scarves. My target audience for my patterns is young adult women, so I try to keep things as current as possible by paying attention to what styles are selling in the stores.
What is your favorite thing about crocheting and or blogging?
My favorite thing about crocheting is the peace it brings. Even after almost two years of making crochet my “job”, I haven’t lost my love for it. It’s soothing.
My favorite thing about blogging is being able to have a creative outlet that uses my web design skills and my crochet skills. When I need a break from crochet, I’m happy to work on the computer side of things. When technology gives me those inevitable headaches, I grab my yarn and dream up new patterns. It’s a win-win!
What are your favorite yarns (brands or types) to work with?
I work with a lot of worsted weight yarn. I typically reach for Lion Brand yarns when I’m in the big craft stores. I’m also a big fan of Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” – it’s a great yarn for beginners because it’s soft, doesn’t split, and it’s cheap. I recently had the opportunity to try Cascade Yarns for the first time and very much fell in love. I’m not married to a particular brand – I just like to be able to feel a yarn before I buy it. If it’s soft and squishy, I like it!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I try to pay attention to what’s selling in stores. I look for trending colors and styles, especially when it comes to hats and scarves. I have a sister who is 18, as well as 3 teenage nieces, and they all love fashion. I try very hard to design things that I know they would love to wear.
What is your favorite item on your blog at the moment?
My favorite item on my blog at the moment is the South Haven Slouch. I made it with Cascade Longwood Sport and I love how it turned out.
What would be the one piece of advice you would give to a person setting up their own blog?
Learn how to use the “delete” button! The bigger your blog gets, the more you’ll start to experience the occasional rude comment. Someone will think your pattern is awful. Someone will disagree with how you run your business. Someone will be appalled that you would put ads on your blog. (You’d be shocked at some of the things people are comfortable saying when they’re hiding behind their computer screen.) It’s very tempting to go on the defensive and give them a piece of your mind, especially when they leave a public comment on a blog post. One very wise person once told me, “Don’t let those people take up more space in your head than they deserve.” When someone is cruel to you, don’t respond. Just delete the comment or email, and move on. Trust me, you’ll move on much quicker that way.
How do fellow bloggers get their patterns featured on your sites?
I don’t do much with pattern reviews or roundups on the Little Monkeys Crochet blog, but I do run another site that users can submit patterns to, called Crochetrendy.com. Crochetrendy is a free pattern directory that is specifically for trendy, contemporary fashion patterns. If you have patterns that you think would fit that criteria, you’re welcome to submit them here (http://www.crochetrendy.com/submit-a-pattern-to-crochetrendy/). Crochetrendy also has an active blog, and I’m always looking for guest contributors.
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