Category: Crochet

Interview: Abby Grace

Today we’re joined by Abby Grace. Abby is a wonderful writer and musician. They have been playing the cello for over ten years and are even studying for a degree in it. They’re also going for a degree in English Literature and have written both fanfiction and original poetry. As if that’s not impressive enough, Abby has also recently taken up crochet. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and enthusiastic artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a writer and musician – specifically, I write various
fanfictions, and some original poetry, and have been playing music from the age
of four. My main instrument is the cello, which I’ve played for almost 12 years
now. I’m lucky enough to have been able to pursue both of these passions, and
am currently at university studying English Literature and picking up a minor
in cello. I also recently picked up crocheting.

I’ve had two original poems published in the past, in Skipping Stones (an international
children’s magazine). Personally, though, I feel most accomplished about my
work whenever I receive a heartfelt review on my fanfics. I’ve actually cried
over a couple of emotional reviews on a specific story, “Firsts,” which is
about a trans character trying on his first binder. I also recently started
sharing some of the funnier stories from my life and my family, and am
considering collecting them into a book of short stories.

What inspires you?

I find inspiration everywhere – from silly things overheard
in public to major life events to watching a storm roll in. Inspiration for
art, no matter what medium, is everywhere.

There are a few specific people who inspire me every day,
though. My grandmother, who was known locally for her amazing quilts, didn’t
learn how to sew until her late twenties. I crochet to feel closer to her. Janelle
Monáe, who is so unapologetically herself at every turn. Yo-Yo Ma, the
best-known cellist in the world, who is still so kind and friendly as to grin
widely and give a fist bump to a shy fourteen year old who plays the cello,
too.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always loved reading and writing, it’s been an
important part of me for as long as I can remember. More than half of my family
is musically-inclined in some way or another, too, so it was really less of an
‘if’ I would be a musician, and more of a ‘when.’ There’s definitely a few pictures
in a family album somewhere of me sitting on my grandfather’s lap at the piano,
looking absolutely delighted as he shows me that pressing the keys makes sound.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Hm, I don’t believe I have anything that I work into every
piece I do. A lot of my poetry involves stars in some way, but that’s just
because I really like space.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be discouraged by only
getting a couple of notes or kudos, or even nothing at all. You still have
something valuable to share with the world – the world just takes a little
while sometimes to notice it. I have one fanfic that has the most kudos of that
specific ship on AO3… and I have 10 fanfics with less than 30. I have even more
with less than 3 comments. Don’t worry about the numbers. Focus on doing your
best.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Demisexual

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Luckily, I have yet to see anything specific in the general
writing and music communities. Within fandom itself, however, I have most certainly
seen people attack others for being ace and/or aro and trying to identify with
a character by suggesting that they are also ace and/or aro.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we are frigid, unfeeling, or that asexuality isn’t ‘a
thing’ and is just ‘attention-seeking.’ I hear this most often in regards to
demisexuality.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Be confident in yourself. And if you’re not, ask questions!
Talk to the community – most people are happy to chat and help where they can.
It’s something that I wish I had done more when I was younger. It could have
helped me avoid a seriously bad time.

Finally, where can people
find out more about your work?

I’m on AO3 (DarthAbby), and Tumblr (main
butim-justharry) (side – official-cello). Please feel free
to send an ask or private message to either blog if you want to talk!

Thank you, Abby, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Alex

Today we’re joined by Alex. Alex is a wonderful artist who is a bit of a jack of all trades. He does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. He also does crafts and enjoys knitting and crochet, particularly long scarves. When he’s not doing crafts or visual art, Alex also makes music and can play the ukulele. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist who enjoys what he does. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I use my art to create things I think the world is missing,
whether it’s music, or extra-large scarves, or just a painting.  My art is my outlet, it’s diverse and
powerful (even when it’s just for me) and it enables me to express myself.

What inspires you?

The ability to create, to bring something into this world
that causes emotion.  When I knit or
crochet I am, more often than not, creating a gift to give to someone
else.  When I play my ukulele I hope that
someone listening can feel the emotions of the music.  I am inspired by the ability to make
something that was once missing from the world.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I had a friend in elementary school who inspired me to
create comics.  They were just stick
figures, but I had so much fun coming up with jokes and stories, that even when
I stopped creating comics I continued to draw.

At the same time, my family has always been very musical and
so, when my nana let me play her ukulele I decided I wanted have one too.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Ah, no haha, I’m too inconsistent to do something that clever.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

At times it may seem tough, but art is an outlet, it doesn’t
matter if you think it’s good if you enjoy it.
What matters is if you feel good while creating whatever it is you are
making.  Improvement will come with
practice, for now, just enjoy the ride.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual and do not use the split attraction
model (SAM).

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’m rather isolated, and I do not bring up my asexuality
unless it is with people I trust, so as of current, I have not experienced any
prejudice from my fellow artists.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That asexual means you don’t like sex.  Which is false, different people have
different views on sex and just because I experience so sexual attraction does
not mean that I have no libido or interest.
But like I said, it’s different for everyone.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

If you decide one that that you are not ace, that’s OK.  If you live your whole life never subscribing
to a label, that’s OK.  What matters is
your comfort and that others respect you.
I thought I was a lesbian when I was younger because if I didn’t like
guys I must have to like girls then right? But I allowed myself space to grow
and now I know I am trans and asexual.
There is always room to grow and explore, so don’t feel stuck with one
label.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

My music is available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLHiHayKl58aLduLbGJShFw
And my art can be found here: Lukassskywalker.tumblr.com/tagged/my+art
And I have some things posted on RedBubble :D: https://www.redbubble.com/people/slothguard?asc=u.

Thank you, Alex, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Sweety Aurore Mutant

Today we’re joined by Sweety ‘Aurore’ Mutant. Aurore is a visual artist who does a bit of everything. They draw and paint, both digital and traditional. When they’re not drawing or painting, Aurore is writing and while they haven’t had anything published yet, they’re working on a number of stories. Aside from that, Aurore is also into crafting and writing fanfiction. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and passionate artist, as  you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

My art is quite diverse. I would say that my “main” medium,
as in the one I spend the most time on, is writing. I am working on two novels
and a short stories series right now (none are ready to be published yet
because I am a perfectionist) and in the meantime I work on a lot of
fanfictions (I have been writing a fanfiction about a 60s movie since July
2016, it’s about 75k words long now and not yet finished. Not yet published either,
because it needs to be perfect, by that I mean good enough). I am also writing
on a few Larp and video game projects right now. Yes, I multi-task. When I
write, I am mostly obsessed with the concepts of subjectivity and points of
view. How reality can change depending on who you are. (This must be why I love
Larping so much)

I also draw/paint, both digitally and traditionally. Fanart
and original art alike -plants, people, original characters,
commissions…-  I like pencil drawings
and watercolour the most, even though I try my best to draw with ink, because
it looks so gorgeous! Also Photoshop is my best friend, I spend several hours
in a row often to paint on photoshop the details of something.

I also like to take pictures -mainly of plants and people,
but sadly my old camera is dead and I haven’t yet found the money to buy a good
one again. I have a few filming ideas too (mainly co-ops) but again, lack of
material.

I also knit, crochet and sew, mainly costumes but also a few
clothing items for myself or friends. I did cosplay long ago, but decided to
leave the community,

Lastly, I also do happenings, of which there are rarely any
picture. My next one with involve old domestic objects and plants, I will try
to record its process.

What inspires you?

So many things! The people I see in the street, the world
around me, my friends and their awesome ideas (I remember painting Henry David
Thoreau as a hispter because of a university friend…), the Larps I play, the
video games I play, the books I read, the shows and movies I watch… I have no
shame about doing fanart and fanfiction, it is as worthy and honourable for me
than any other form of “original” art. (Yes, I am a proud believer in the
monomyth and the fact that there is no real “original” idea, and that the re-telling
and the ways of representing is the only thing that matters, hence the
important place of fan-work in my conception of art). Another source of
inspiration for me is also the social and environmental context (I am working
right now on an environmentalist happening).

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

What got me interested? Oh what a difficult question! I
began drawing and painting as soon as I could hold a pen, and writing once I
knew how to. I was a very curious child/teen, so I learnt to knit, crochet,
sew, embroider, and I soon made my own costumes and cosplays. Taking pictures
and filming came later, when I was in High School because I studied cinema and
arts then, and had access to good quality material. Writing for larps came also
later, when I was more inside the community but I remember writing roleplaying
games in middle school already.

I have always wanted to be an artist, yes. I tried to
convince myself that I wanted to do other things as jobs to earn money, but
yes, even studying for a Linguistics Masters like I do now, I know that in the
end, I am meant for art.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I have a signature I have been using since I was 13 or so,
and writing this I realise how long ago that was, oh my! It’s a “R” in the
right corner of the drawing/painting/picture, and at first I decided to use it
for three reasons: it is the only consonant of my first name, it is a homophone
of “air” which is my element, and it is the first letter of the pseudo I was
using back then. As time went on, I also realised it was the initial of the
first name of my idol and the rébus of the fictional character I relate to the
most (Grantaire in Les Misérables)…
two things I had not thought about at all when I chose that signature, and
because of that I like it even more!  

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Work, work, work. Fail, hate your work. Work again, be proud
for a day or two, hate it a week after. It’s normal to be proud of something
and then to hate it, it’s normal to be envious of other people’s work, it’s
normal to be discouraged, and it does not mean that you are not good. There
will always be people who are better than you, and people who will be worse and
jealous of you. Just keep working, and work for yourself. Do it for the fun,
for the art. No one will be mad at you if you can’t finish something, if you
abandon a drawing or a draft. If they are, they did not deserve you in the
first place. Your art should be made for your own enjoyment first. Be selfish.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as panromantic grey-asexual, or as I like to say
it, I love everybody too bad I don’t like them. I really need to be in a very
“special” relationship with the person to consider having sex with them, and I
noticed that is had a lot to do with how much I find them interesting on the
intellectual side of things.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have, mainly ignorance, incomprehension and the same old
clichés than everywhere else. When I face an ignorant person in my field that is
open-minded, I handle it by helping hem understand what asexuality is. If the
person is, forgive my vocabulary, an imbecile that just want to cling to
clichés and not learn, I handle it with a raised middle finger,

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The old “you haven’t found the right person yet/it’s a
phase” bullshit. What hurts the most for me is that I see such misconceptions
about aces in communities like feminists or LGBT+ that, I hoped, should have been
more open-minded than your usual human. I most of the time get this feeling
that people just don’t try to understand aces.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

I would say… labels don’t matter, as long as you feel
good. You don’t have to fit into a category, what you feel and how you live it
-alone or with how many partners you wish- is the only thing that matters in
the end. Sexuality is fluid, don’t be afraid to change, as long as you feel
right about yourself. Also, you’re the only one who know yourself, don’t let
toxic people influence you towards anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

Mainly my Tumblr for my drawings/paintings: The Artful
DodgeR’s Tea Rooms (http://sweetymutant.tumblr.com/) because my
DeviantArt has been dead for too long. I will probably create a YouTube and
Twitch channel soon, but have not yet found the time to! To read me, there is
my AO3, Sweety_Mutant: (https://archiveofourown.org/users/Sweety_Mutant/pseuds/Sweety_Mutant)

Thank you, Aurore, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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mostlyharmlessdesigns:

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pilby:

garterstitchzine:

I’m so excited to announce Garter Stitch: a Queer Zine on Knitting! 

APPLICATION RULES

  • Must follow Garter Stitch on either tumblr or twitter
  • Applicants must be queer/lgbt creators 
  • Application must be submitted before February 1st

The application is open here!

Here’s the FAQ!

Follow Garter Stitch on twitter too for updates! If you have any additional questions, don’t be afraid to ask!

@asexualartists ! do you boost this kind of thing? because I know for sure there are other ace knitters / crocheters / yarn benders that follow your blog! If you can, and want to, please reblog 🙂

Interview: Pesky

Today we’re joined by Pesky. Pesky is a wonderful fanartist and crafter. They write a lot of fanfiction, specializing in queer relationships. When they’re not writing fanfiction, Pesky enjoys doing crafts and specializes in knitting and crochet. They sell their work on Etsy. It’s very clear that Pesky is a dedicated and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I write fanfiction in whatever fandom I’m in at the moment,
usually involving very little romance and when there is romance, it never
involves straight characters. Even my m/f relationships tend to involve at
least one non-straight or non-cis character.

I knit and crochet a lot, and I usually have at least five
different projects at any given time. Since I don’t usually make things my friends
and family would enjoy, I’ve recently opened an Etsy shop to give those
projects I have no use for a home. The completed project I’m currently most
proud of is a triangle shawl I made out of wool scraps from an old elementary
school finger knitting project.

Sewing is a recent addiction to my repertoire, mainly for
the purpose of practicality and cheap small useful things.

What inspires you?

In fandom, my friends and my conversations with them are
often my inspiration for my writing. Besides that, I try to fill absences and
correct flaws in the source material. (We exist, after all, and yet, very few
of us ever make it into mainstream media.)

In my crafting efforts I’m much more focused on aesthetics.
I make things that I enjoy looking at, that I enjoy touching and wearing. Also,
novelty. I have a terrible attention span, so I’m always on the lookout for new
patterns, new techniques, new interesting projects, new challenges. (This is
also why I have so many projects going at once.)

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

Actually, it’s all my mother’s fault.

She’s the one who introduced me to fanfic, because she found
Twilight fic on deviantArt and was like, hey, I think my kid would like this!
Eventually I started writing my own fic and poetry, and besides extended
writer’s blocks caused by depression and anxiety, I haven’t stopped since I was
fourteen. Now I’m almost twenty-four.

Mom was also the one who taught me to knit. I used to go to
her to get help with casting on because I couldn’t figure it out how to do it
for the longest time. These days I have things to teach her.

Crocheting on the other hand, I taught myself via YouTube,
because my sister’s been crocheting for years and I wanted to learn this skill
too. The differences and similarities with knitting have made it a valuable
learning experience and the fact that many crocheted projects can be completed
very quickly makes it much easier for me when my attention span is especially
short.

Sewing is pretty much the only lasting gift my grandmother
gave me. Everything else I learned from her has turned out to be toxic, bigoted
cow manure.

All of my creative work comes from skills I discovered as a
teenager and adult. I don’t think I would’ve gotten here any other way. And I
look forward to continuing to learn new things.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

My Etsy projects all get a tag sewed on with my shop name and
username on it, but other than that, I don’t think I’ve got anything besides my
Tumblr profile pic, which I drew myself.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times before but the
best thing you can do is practice. Find exercises for practicing common
techniques in your chosen medium and repeat them over and over again.

Write all the terrible awful things you can. Trust me,
you’ll learn from your mistakes.

Knit a hundred ugly uneven scarves or hats or legwarmers or
whatever. You’ll learn a lot.

Draw all the unrealistic little sketches, paint all the
paintings in badly chosen colors, sew all the weird little unusable bags.

Do research and then try out all the things you learn. Keep
doing it until it starts looking like something you’re happy with. And in the
meantime, forgive yourself for making mistakes. You’ll never stop making
mistakes, you’ll just learn to fix them or make them look like they’re
deliberate.

And keep in mind that practice and hard work always wins out
over talent. Talent is a head start, not the goal.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m asexual and aromantic.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’m lucky to have never directly encountered ace prejudice
beyond the general “aces are basically cishets and they’re stealing lgbt+
resources”. But I’ve never encountered that kind of thing directed at me so I’m
honestly not sure what I’d do if I did.

In fact, almost all of the close friendships I’ve made in
fandom are with other aces. A funny coincidence, since I searched out fellow
fans, not fellow aces.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

“It’s just celibacy.” I’ve actually been told that to my
face at a pride parade when I explained to someone that the colors of my
clothes are the same as on the ace flag. I was still pretty new to the whole
ace thing and ended up totally speechless.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Kinda depends on what exactly they’re struggling with.

In general, I’d say, find people who are struggling with
similar things or who have struggled with similar things. Talk to them, try
following their advice and give yourself time. Stop talking to people who make
you feel guilty, ashamed or insecure about your identity.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I’m on Tumblr,
Archive of Our Own
and on Etsy. My username is peskylilcritter on pretty much every platform. My
Etsy shop is, creatively, peskylilshop
and my Tumblr writing sideblog is peskywritesstuff.

On my main Tumblr, I usually tag my writing with #pesky
writes stuff and every other creative endeavor with #pesky makes stuff.

Feel free to come visit! And if you’ve got any more
questions, my ask box is always open 😉

Thank you, Pesky, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

knitting-ace:My newest blanket

knitting-ace:

My newest blanket