Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
My passion is knitting
Hooked in crochet
Tell us a little about the origins of Hook and Hop.
I am an anywhere knitter, I noticed that people became very curious at what I was doing with my Tee yarn and chunky needles or big crochet hooks, either in the train or by the beach. Most people wonder what I am doing so I tell them and offer them a go, and they just loved it!
So I started to think about making kits for beginners, about making it easier for others to get “hooked” on crochet and knitting. I just put upcycled Tshirt-Yarn and the chunky wooden needles or hook into a bag together with an easy and modern pattern and Voila!! Hook and Hop came to life last September.
Tee-Yarn (#tshirt-yarn) is very easy to use and it’s a great material to make homewares, accessories, clothing and anything you can imagine!
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is really a mystery. As soon as I have an idea I need to grab my Tee yarn and my needles, do my maths with pencil and paper and turn it into a reality. Sometimes I am just working on a project and halfway through I get an inspiration and just have to try it and if it looks like what I have just pictured in my mind then I just keep going until it is finished and then I restart what I was doing in first place.
What inspires you the most?
The idea of making easy to follow patterns is my real inspiration, so that others can fall in love with crochet and knit craft. The colours and the texture the Tee-yarn are my best inspiration. Each Tee-shirt yarn cone is unique and versatile, with its own personality. They are made out of the left overs of a manufacturing process so they might look the same but if you observe them you can appreciated their imperfections, the variety in tones and width which is great when you want to create something with its unique character.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
Wendy Voos for her modern knitware and accesories
Ash and Kay for their beautiful T-shirt homewares
Bali Portmar and team for their creative yarn bombing work
What are your ultimate dreams for Hook and Hop?
I would like Hook and Hop to be recognised as the place where anyone can start and became a proud knitter or crocheter and can create something awesome and personal
What will we find from Hook and Hop at our July Bend and Snap Market?
You will find my easy, modern and fun crochet and knitting kits for everybody and our Tee-Yarns and big knitting needles and crochet hooks.
Our winter market at 1000 £ Bend on Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July (see Hook and Hop on the Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm) will be an entire weekend-long celebration of local art and design featuring a selection of curated stalls with a plethora of art work, jewellery, home wares, DIY kits, second hand stalls and a few sweets and treats by our girl Kylie (read: the most divine ginger bread goodies because consuming ginger to keep pesky winter flus at bay, right?!).
The smallest stones throw from the major shopping precincts in the CBD, come visit us in our Little Lonsdale nook and peruse through a range of fabulous artisanal everything coupled with the unique opportunity to meet and chat with the maker of each of the covetable wares that tickle your fancy!
Plated Image, connoisseur of delicate paper craft, will also be hosting papercraft workshop throughout the weekend, providing the materials and guidance to create your own bouquet of delicate paper flowers. Spaces in the workshop are limited and bookings are essential, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Come down for our weekend-long celebration of local art and design on Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July (12:00pm to 5:00pm on each day), with a variety of stall holders on each day and enjoy an afternoon of sating your hunger for inspiration and discovery (and sate your literal hunger with all-day-breakfast/lunch/early dinner with the delish dishes dished up at the cafe!).
Limited stall spaces still available, apply here: https://bendandsnapmarket.wordpress.com/apply/
Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July, 12:00pm to 5:00pm
361 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne