Meet The Maker – Maria Miles
Maria Miles run the Dinki Dots blog and is never found without her crochet. Her amazing choice of colour and fun patterns makes everyone want to pick up their hook and get crocheting. Find out more about Maria below…
Meet The Maker – Maria Miles
How did you first get into crochet?
I’ve always loved making things and being creative. Then in 2008 I started a new job and one of my team mates (and now good friend), Anna, was a bit of a crafter in her spare time too, with crochet as her main passion. We immediately hit it off, chatting about our creative interests, and it was only a matter of time before I thought I should give this crochet lark a try! Anna brought in hooks and yarn and patiently spent a few lunchtimes teaching me the good old granny square… and that’s how it all started!
What’s your favourite thing to make?
I think blankets, although I haven’t made as many of them as I’d like, as they are such mammoth projects. But there is just something about a snuggly crochet blanket, and all those possibilities of colour and pattern. They are also quite relaxing to make, as they tend to be nice and repetitive. You can curl up on the sofa, watching TV, as you work on them. I have made quite a few amigurumi creatures and, although I love the end results, I find the making process less relaxing and enjoyable as they can be quite fiddly. Luckily the finished item usually makes up for it! I also enjoy making the odd smaller thing for a quick fix and a bit of a change when working on a large project – crochet coasters or pot holders are fun quick projects.
How many projects do you have at the moment?
Always too many… there is a huge stripy blanket which I’ve been working on (not constantly) for over three years! I really need to get that finished. I have a cowl/scarf on the go, a table runner/mat, a cute amigurumi pattern about to be started, and I’ve got a new supply of bright colourful yarn for another blanket which might end up pushing to the front of the queue! I am also working on a spring pattern for the Hobbycraft blog – watch out for that here! There are probably other things stashed away I’ve forgotten about too (oops). I really need to finish things before starting something else, but when inspiration strikes…
What other crafts are you into?
I like sewing, embroidery/cross-stitch, paper crafts, occasional hand-knitting, and am always ready to be tempted into a new craft. I was recently given a needle-felting kit which I need to try out… so many crafts, so little time!
What’s your favourite thing you have made?
It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I think it might be my African flower cushion. The combination of the lovely flower motif with the colours I chose still makes me happy whenever I see it! I love bright colours popping against dark blue or navy.
Where do you find your inspiration?
There is so much inspiration out there. Blogs, Instagram, Pinterest – I can spend hours lost in them all, emerging with my mind buzzing with ideas. No wonder I start on new projects before finishing old ones! The online creative community is fantastic; so much inspiration, encouragement and support. It’s great to be a part of it, through my blog and my Instagram account.
What is next for you?
More crochet, of course – you never know, I might even clear the work in progress pile (sure!). I also plan to do more knitting, as I was lucky enough to win a gorgeous set of Knit Pro needles through the KnitCraftHQ Christmas Instagram competition. I was recently given a knitting machine too, which I need to work out how to use. It definitely seems as though knitting, in one form or another, is on the cards!
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