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2012 Year in Review: Interviews

Yep, I just tooted my own horn :).  Thanks again to Kathryn Vercillo from Crochet Concupiscence for awarding me the 2012 Awesome Crochet Blog Award for Best Interviews.  As part of my 2012 Year in Review series, today I’m sharing five of my favorite interviews from 2012.

I was surprised to see that I posted 30 interviews on the blog this year.  I enjoyed all of them, but these are the ones that were a little bit extra special for me.

Vashti Braha (interviewed here) generously shared many insights about working in the yarn industry.

Sharon Silverman (interviewed here) offered advice for emerging designers.

Carri Hammett (interviewed here) detailed all of the work involved in creating a book with step-by-step tutorials.


It was very hard to pick just one interview from my Hispanic Heritage Month interview series, but I decided that I found Angele Lumiere‘s philosophical approach to creativity most interesting (interview here).


And last but not least, Deborah Atkinson (interviewed here) talks about how she got started designing all of those snowflakes!


You can find links to the rest of my 2012 interviews below, organized alphabetically by the interviewee’s last name :).

Ana BC

Liz Cooper

Marsha Cunningham

Nicky Epstein

Bert and Dana Freed

Deborah Green

Catherine Hirst

Phyllis Howe

Donna Kay Lacey

Vanessa Laven

Fiona McDonald

Maru Minetto

Paola Navarro

Vivian Osborne

Sara Palacios

Nuria Pastor

Sandie Petit

Linda Pietz

Juanita Quinones

Amy Shelton

Nicki Trench

Carol Ventura

Kathryn Vercillo

Charles Voth

Linda Wyszynski

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 Interview Series Roundup

Today is the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month and also the end of my interview series.  Here’s a recap in case you missed some of the interviews.  All photos are used with permission.  (Click on the photos to link to the interview.)

Angele Lumiere

Spanish crochet designer and bilingual (Spanish/French) blogger at Le flux de la creativite

Vanessa Laven

Cuban-American (mostly knitting) blogger at Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts

 Juanita Quinones

Puerto Rican crochet tech editor, known as BoricuaCrochet on Ravelry

Ana Contreras

Guatemalan crochet and knitting designer and bilingual (Spanish/English) blogger at Lanas & Hilos

Paola Navarro

Argentine crochet designer, also known as Delicious Crochet

Sara Palacios

Argentine crochet designer, also known as Arrorro en Colores/Colorful Lullabies

Nuria Pastor

Spanish ex-pat crochet and knitting designer and bilingual (Spanish/English) blogger at Bezencilla

Charles Voth

Colombian ex-pat crochet and knitting designer and tech editor, also known as StitchStud

Maru Minetto

Peruvian crochet designer and bilingual (Spanish/English) blogger at Marumin Crochet

Thanks to everyone who shared an interview, especially since my requests were made at the eleventh hour.  I learned a lot about crocheting and knitting in Latin American and Europe, as well as about how these different needle artists view the impact of their culture on their own work.  I shared my own inspiration for this series here.

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 Interview Series: Maru Minetto from Marumin Crochet

This post is part of my 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month interview series.

Today is the last interview in my Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 series.  (For those who don’t know, Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 and ends on October 15.)  I’m happy to interview Maru Minetto, the Peruvian blogger and crochet designer behind Marumin Crochet.  Maru can also be found on Ravelry as marumin and on her designer page.

Maru Minetto.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you learn to crochet?

Maru: My grandma did the most beautiful crochet work.  She taught me the basics as a teenager, but I wasn’t any good at it.  I had difficulty holding the crochet correctly and ended up  very frustrated with my uneven results.  I tried it again several years later, before the birth of my son… I bought a few magazines and started crocheting with much better results, so I started to crochet for gifts and charities.

UC: You seem to enjoy making projects for babies and children.  What is it about these types of projects that you love?

Maru: I went back to crocheting because I wanted my children to have crocheted items like the ones my grandma used to make for us, (not that I could really do more than bibs and blankets), but that was what drew me back to crocheting.  Caps, booties and sweaters soon followed. Baby projects are finished up fast, and don’t take up a lot of material.  Babies and children are a great inspiration and they can wear anything from vintage classic to colorful  modern edge items and always look cute. Even when my kids are all grown up now, there’s always need for baby items for gift giving and especially to be donated to hospitals and children in need and I find it very rewarding to be able to give something done with my own hands.

Maru Minetto’s White Baby Bolero pattern.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Maru: I think basically the need to experiment, create and have fun.  I started by following patterns written by other designers (and I still do crochet items by other designers), but sometimes I have a specific idea and no pattern to follow, so I simply start crocheting and creating a pattern of my own.

UC: Tell us about the crochet scene in Peru.

Maru: As you may know, Perú is well known for its fine Alpaca wool and the excellent craftmanship of our native people.  (UC comment: This is definitely true.  I work with Galler Yarns, and they import several luscious Peruvian alpaca yarns!)  In native communities they learn to spin, knit and/or crochet as children. Several years ago it was also common for schools to teach the basics of knitting and crochet. There is no rivalry between knitting and crochet that I know of, but knitting is more widely spread as it is almost always related to clothing items as opposed to crochet that is viewed more as a decorative labor (tablecloths, doilies, dishcloths, afghans, etc). Also, people seem to find it easier to knit than to crochet and it is way easier to find information and patterns  related to knitting than to crochet.

Maru Minetto’s My Lavender Sachet pattern.

UC: Your blog is bilingual.  Tell us about your decision to blog in both English and Spanish.  What do you see as the benefits and the challenges of writing a bilingual blog?

Maru: I decided upon a bilingual blog as a means to reach more people, and make it easier for my followers.  I find that built in translators do not do a good job and the “translations” are almost always “confusing” to say the least.  Crochet has its very own “language” and common dictionaries/translators do not have the correct equivalents for crocheting terms. Blogging in two languages just takes up a little more time.

Maru Minetto’s Cute Baby Sweater pattern.

UC: Do you have any favorite Spanish or English crochet blogs or websites to share? Maru: There are several blogs I follow.  There are lots and lots of creative and caring people in the crochet community who love to share their knowledge of crochet.

But my all time favorite crochet blogs  are in Portuguese:

Thanks so much for stopping by Maru, and sharing your thoughts and links with us!

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