This interview, with Alana Judah, is from February 2015
1. Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a Christian, wife and mother of two boys. I make my living as a Project Engineer for a plastics manufacturing plant designing and manufacturing plastic medical components; but my passion is in crafting. I love crafting of all kinds and have as long as I can remember.
2. What is your “inspiration story” — where did your interest in crocheting all begin?
My crafting inspiration comes from both of my grandmas. My Grandma G taught me to crochet when I was about 7 years old. She’s sees what I make now and says “I didn’t teach you to do that!” I told her she taught me the basic stitches. I just put them together in different ways to create different projects. My grandma Wildman was always crafting whether oil painting, quilting or crocheting she was always making things for others. One time we were out at a ball game or something and we both got our WIP’s out at the same time and started working on them. I looked at my husband and said “Now you see where I get it from”
3. What is your dream project?
I am so inspired by the work of others. My dream project would be a beautiful queen/king size afghan for my bed or one of those beautiful full length gowns crocheted with thread. I’m not sure I currently have the patience for that type of project.
4. What has been your greatest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge continues to be any custom piece. I can follow patterns but get nervous and uncertain when branching out on my own to create something custom. I had a request to make some Call of Cthulhu inspired slippers. I modified an existing pattern and they came out great. I can’t breath easy though until I know the customer is happy. I get really nervous and self conscious when giving my creations to customers or recipients.
5. What is the greatest gift that crocheting has given you?
The greatest gift crocheting has given me is connection to others. First of all, I share a special connection with my grandmas and am now passing the love and skill of crocheting on to my youngest son and hopefully someday my niece. Once I taught a friend at work how to crochet simple DC scarves. She later told me that if it hadn’t been for that she wouldn’t have had any gifts to give her family for Christmas. Hopefully some of the I things I’ve made will become family heirlooms that my great great grandkids can remember me by, just like the items I have from my grandmas.
6. What words of wisdom do you have for someone beginning to crochet?
For someone just starting out, my advice is to be patient. Don’t try to much too fast and then get discouraged and quit. Reach out to others for help. YouTube tutorials can be very helpful and don’t forget to share what you’ve learned with others. Ignore those who are unsupportive and remember, not everyone appreciates handmade items. Don’t waste your items on someone who isn’t appreciative, there are plenty of people out there who will LOVE to receive something handmade with love. Find those people and craft on!
Thanks so much for the opportunity to tell my story!
Debbie (life & crocheting have a lot in common: it's all about one stitch at a time.)