Q&A with the designer - Hilda Steyn (session 3 of 3)

 2018-06-25 06:43 PM by

For me, the Crochet Guide to Greatness workshop was the moment when I finally decided to wean myself from acrylic yarn to natural fibres.  I'm still learning a lot though!  Hilda shared her process from using acrylic yarn to only natural fibres in the previous post.

Now!  The reason why I wanted to interview Hilda:  The Wacky Weave Interlocking Crochet-a-long.  My blanket is finished and washed and blocked and very, very pretty!


Helène:  You are running the Wacky Weave Interlocking crochet-a-long (CAL) at the moment.  We have been given a peak of the follow up Babette Interlocking CAL.  Before you announced the initial CAL I was completely unaware of the technique and yet last year you were already running workshops teaching on it.  How did you first become aware of the interlocking technique and why has it kept your attention?

Hilda:  I saw interlocking by accident on Pinterest in 2014. Since then, it has kept my interest. There is just so much that can be done. It is different than other colour work in that you don’t end up with that many tails. I am still discovering the intricacies of this technique. I will be interlocking for a long time still. I have three CALs in my head, planned for 2019, all interlocking. Whether they will all see the light is another question. The moment I feel bored with something, I look for the next challenge. I am not yet there with Interlocking. She has some secrets I haven’t yet told the rest of the world, and some more, I haven’t yet figured out. I love math, and the math part of interlocking got me hooked.

Helène:  Anyone who have been crocheting a while can reasonably easy alter a pattern to suit their needs.  For example the Granny Square stitch pattern can easily be manipulated into a rectangle or a circle by any confident crocheter.  The Interlocking technique is not difficult.  But I can imagine the design of an interlocking block is tricky.  Is it?

Hilda:  Designing an interlocking square is a bit of a challenge. It is tricky for sure. I have grown to the point where I know what the front will look like after it has been crocheted, but I have no idea of the back; it is a surprise every time. I draw what I want to see on the front, then I crochet a row, type a row, crochet a row, and type a row. I actually realised that although I am not dyslexic, I do have a tendency. My poor testers. There has been a few occurrences where I wrote the entire pattern back to front. We couldn’t understand why their squares were different from mine. Alet Scott finally figured it out. Now I try to be a lot more careful, and all my patterns go to Alet first for a quick check, before the other testers get it. I sure had a lot of fun laughing at myself with the two Wacky Weave CALs.

Helène:  Everybody wants to leave a legacy when they are no longer on this earth.  What is the one thing you would like to leave as a legacy – specifically to the crafting community?

Hilda:  I wonder how many times I have blogged on this topic. My legacy. It’s difficult isn’t it?



I want to do things in my everyday life, that has eternity value. I want to inspire people, encourage people, and pick up the one who doesn’t have strength to stand anymore. I want to spread the light of unconditional love, regardless of race, culture, or religion. I have many friends who are not Christian; I don’t mind that. If I don’t show them unconditional love and acceptance, who will? Yarn in a Barn was just a way to connect with people. It was a way for me to befriend those who God felt, needed something from me. As an Aspie, I don’t pick up social cues. If you don’t tell me how you feel, I won’t know. That was a revelation for me with my diagnosis too. If I suddenly become aware of a person on that level, I know God is speaking to me. In myself, I don’t have the tools to pick it up. What a blessing. God can use me because I have Aspergers. Isn’t that amazing? When I am gone, I hope people will remember me for the positives I brought into their lives.

Helène:  How does your ultimate project bag look like?

Hilda:  My favourite project bag was a gift from Monika Snyman. It is a Brilliantmommy tote bag with little colourful sheep on it. I absolutely love it. It hangs from my warping frame, above the fire place in the lounge. Whenever I am heading out the door, my project bag takes whatever I feel like working on.

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Until next time.

x Helène

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This giveaway is sponsored by Hilda SteynLJ Craft Creations and Brilliantmommy.

The giveaway includes:

*12 50g balls of 4ply 100% Merino Wool Superwash dk (4 Lemon, 4 Peach, 4 Dusky Pink),

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