Meet the Maker: Crochet Artist Miki of Set Free My Gypsy Soul
It is clear that Miki from Set Free My Gypsy Soul loves to crochet and creates amazing designs for her blog. She has recently done a mandala pattern for us so we thought it would be a great idea to get to know her more.
Meet the Maker – Miki from Set Free My Gypsy Soul
How did you first get into knitting?
As a little girl my Nana, darling Peggilini, introduced me to the fibre arts. She has over 75 years experience and was once a London Seamstress so has a whole wealth of expertise… but it wasn’t until around a year ago that I traded in my Knitting Needles for a Crochet Hook… and since then I haven’t looked back!
What’s your favourite thing to make?
ALL THE THINGS! I especially love designing new Mandala patterns every Monday for my Instagram and blog, it’s so amazing how just changing up the combination of stitches and yarns and hook size can create so many awesome different shapes and textures. I also love to make bright, colourful blankets, bags and cardigans… I recently made some Granny Square shorts which was so much fun!!
How many projects do you have at the moment?
Um… SO MANY! Currently in my WIP bag I have a special new cardigan that needs a few finishing touches and the pattern writing up, a Sugar Skull Cat Cushion for our Colour Pop Craft Swap, a HUGE pile of Grannies waiting to be joined and a knitted longline poncho cardigan that needs fringing.
What other crafts are you into?
I still love to knit… It just doesn’t always seem to grow fast enough! I also love to paint, draw and make large scale decoupage collage canvasses. Ooh and I recently rediscovered my love of embroidery as an embellishment.
What’s your favourite thing you have made?
Those Granny Square shorts are right up there… and doily rugs! But I do have a special soft spot for my first Unicorn Poop blanket design, it was the first giant blanket that I made and the first border pattern I designed myself.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I really love Bohemian vibes and lots of colour… traditional Mexicana palettes are just stunningly vibrant. I also love Kitsch and 70’s Glam Rock styling… mixed with a little Mid-Western country.
What is next for you?
I am SO excited to be involved in the new Knit and Natter at the Milton Keynes store and have taken the giant leap into pattern writing for publishing which is scary but super-fun too! I’m also hoping to grow our Colour Pop Craft Swap as seeing the joy and excitement it brings to crafters from around the world is just amazing. The big dream… once we have our big permanent live-aboard narrowboat, a smaller craft boat from which I can run fun crafting workshops!!