Interview with CAT crafter – Erin @myheartbelongstoireland
Where do you live?: I live in Adelaide, which is the capital city of South Australia with a population of about 1.3 million people. It has more of an atmosphere of a large town rather than a city and has many beautifully restored old stone buildings and cottages. My IG name reflects the connection I have felt with Ireland all of my life, despite never having been there.
What craft is your therapy?: My main therapy is crochet, but I also knit and sew. I am self taught but it was seeing Sophie’s Universe by Dedri Uys on various IG feeds that revolutionized my crocheting. It was the first cal I ever did and taught me so many new stitches and techniques – it felt like it opened up a whole new world.
How long have you been crafting for?: I’ve been crafting since I was about 5, and inherited some amazing crafty genes from my mother and grandmother. My mother knits, sews and crochets and is an avid gardener. Making things was a normal part of our home life.
Coffee or tea?: I drink a lot of tea, but it’s usually cold because I am so busy crocheting that I forget it’s there. In the same way I ‘watch’ many TV shows, but it may as well be radio, as I’m too busy watching what I’m doing.
Favourite quote: ‘You’re never too old to learn’. I hope I will never stop learning new things and new techniques. I’m currently hooked on planned pooling, which I discovered in October last year and I love seeing what different yarns can do.
Your CAT story: I opened an IG account in March 2015 and it’s one of the best things I ever did. I’ve met some wonderful people around the world and my special IG friend Esther @esthersunday1 introduced me to the CAT group. I am constantly inspired by the amazing variety of crafts and creativity.
I’ve had a lot of health problems over the years and mental health problems in particular have caused some ups and downs in my life. The cat feed is like a sanctuary for me – at times when it seems that there are too many terrible things happening in the world, it always serves to remind me that the world is full of loving creative and generous people. That really helps to balance my world view. My little grand daughter is keen to learn to crochet and I can’t wait to keep the craft thread going into another generation.