For our second crafty/creative series we have Lein!! She works with autistic children and crafts during her spare time. Her crocheting started when she saw a nice heart garland and thought; "Oh, I can do that!". We met through a "blogging" friend, Judith, so this was actually the first time we met in person.
Visiting Lein was quite an experience, not only does she not live in Amsterdam, her place was an amazing "wunderkammer" and her crafts are spilled to every nook! So it was my kind of place, I couldn't stop looking everywhere (you know how much I love seeing what other people collect!). Here she is!
1. First crafty memory?
I remember making a shawl for a doll with my mother, she taught me how to knit when I was 5 or 6.
I always remember working with my hands, finding sticks and grass and making little brooms. I also
learned to crochet by myself using a children's book as guide.
2. Favorite thing you've made until now?
A white vest I crocheted when I was 15. I still remember doing the squares, and how nice it was to
make. It is the one I feel most proud of doing!
3. Favorite material to work with?
Cotton yarn, the thin, shiny type in all colors. When I go in a yarn store I can't contain myself, I
want them all!
4. Inspiring words you go back to or think often?
It is from a book by Joke van Leeuwen, "De wereld is krom, maar mijn tanden staan recht."
It means the world is twisted, but at least my teeth are straight. I have it's cover always where I can
look at it. It puts a lot of things into perspective for me.
5. Favorite color?
The rainbow! Sometimes I think my least favorite color is yellow, but then I look at my collection of
ducks, and I think "no, I like yellow too!"
6. Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! When I'm walking or riding my bike, nature, magazines, blogs! Also my grandmother
is a good source, apart from crocheting, she made all the clothes for her 13 children. I've inherited
her crochet needles.
7. What do you collect?
What not? So many things! Stones, feathers, children's books, flowers that I wear on my hair, just
beautiful things that I come across.
8. Tea or coffee?
Coffee because it is necessary for me, but I also collect tea flavors, my kitchen is filled with tea
9. Mountains or beach?
The beach! I think it is pretty obvious if you're in Holland! I miss the sea when I'm away.
10. Best time of day to craft?
The best time is when I'm inspired, it doesn't matter the time. Crochet can be very addicting!
Lein will be at the swan market in Rotterdam the 15th of July!!
Thank you so much Lein for welcoming me into your lovely home and crafty life!