A big thank-you to Petra for taking the time to do this interview (June, 2014)
1. Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Petra Slováková (in English my surname means Slovak and I come from Slovakia so I´m Slovak twice). Besides that I am a teacher at a secondary grammar school in a small beautiful spa town called Turčianske Teplice situated in the “heart” of Slovakia. I teach languages: English and Slovak. I love my job and I still feel young inside although sometimes it is difficult to cope with the students´ moods and reactions. But working with youngsters is really enjoyable and we have much fun most of time.
2. What is your “inspiration story” — where did your interest in knitting/crocheting all begin?
I am very grateful to my grandmum and mum for their patience in teaching me the basics of crocheting. I started with this activity at the age of 16. First I crocheted tablecloths, this lasted several years. Then, during my university studies as a translator/interpreter, I stopped doing crocheting because of lack of time. After the graduation I began again but I felt like doing something different from what I had used to till then. It was after my daughter´s birth that I saw some gorgeous pieces of baby beanies on the Internet and I was so inspired that I tried to do some on my own which my daughter could have worn.
3. Knitting or Crocheting? …and why?
Crocheting. I also tried knitting but it was not my cup of tea ;-).
4. What is your dream project?
I would like to have a small exhibition of my creations in our town somewhen in the future and also to open a club within our town´s family maternity center where I would teach other mums how to crochet garments for their babies.
5. What has been your greatest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
I haven´t had any challenge so far but I know it´s been waiting for me, only to reveal it.
6. What is the greatest gift that knitting/crocheting has given you?
The joy of my children when I crochet something they long for and, of course, contentment of all the mums who dress their children in my caps, booties, skirts and so on.
7. What words of wisdom do you have for someone beginning to knit/crochet?
First of all, patience is needed, nobody is able to crochet from evening to morning. Then it´s necessary not to give up if one is not successful and satisfied with his/her work and to keep going on and on and on. And, one day, success will be yours :-)
You can see all of Petra’s creations here -
And now, what would you like to ask Petra? (or any other comments, of course)
Debbie (life & crocheting have a lot in common: it's all about one stitch at a time.)