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Hillary of Hillary's Hook
This month I had the pleasure of virtually setting down with Hillary Thompson of Hillary's Hook!
Hillary lives in northern Indiana with her husband and 5 kids. She learned to crochet at age 10 but didn't really get into it until the birth of her first child in 2003. Wanting to make him a blanket, she decided to give it a try again and instantly fell in love with the craft. Seeing her son cuddled up in something that she made sparked so much joy in her that she has been crocheting almost every day since.
Read on to learn all about her design work, family, and her experiences on recently being published in a crochet magazine!
Why did you choose to start crafting in the first place?
I have always been crafty. In elementary school I won a lot of coloring contests and was always drawing. When I got a little older, I learned to crochet, cross stitch, hand sew and embroider. Cross stitch was actually my first passion. I spent a lot of my free time making things to decorate my room with.
I didn't really get back into crocheting until 2003 when I had my first child. I wanted to make him a blanket so I got some yarn and a hook and just dove back in. Somehow I just remembered everything and was immediately in love with it. I have been crocheting almost every day since.
Here is Hillary's most recent design! Who wouldn't love to hang with this adorable little crew?! Click the image below to go see the pattern!
You have had a busy few months! You recently designed for the Darn Good Yarn box, tell me about that experience?
I have been a fan of DGY for a few years and have quite a few skeins of their yarn in my stash. In September of last year I used some sari silk and banana fiber yarn to make a pumpkin stack, posted it to Instagram, and tagged Darn Good Yarn. A couple of days later they commented and asked to repost the photo. Of course I said yes. Then a few days after that they contacted me about buying the pattern. I was ecstatic!
Since then I have designed 2 more patterns for them. A stocking and a heart wall hanging. They're an amazing company to work with. They are so helpful and supportive of their designers. Its definitely one of the highlight of my crochet career.
Click on the image below to shop Darn Good Yarn!
How do you juggle your real-world responsibilities while still keeping up with and maintaining your online presence/social media?
I wish I could tell you that my life is super organized but really, I just kind of go with the flow. I am a stay at home Mom of 5 kids ages 15, 13, 9, 6, and 4. I have 3 different school schedules to keep up with and a rowdy preschooler by my side all day long. I crochet when I can and multitask a lot.
I try to have my phone on me as often as possible so I can check in or post on social media in between meal times, baths, and help with homework. Most of my crocheting is done when they're winding down for the night and after the younger kids go to bed. As they've gotten older, it has become easier. Especially since I have 2 teenagers that can help out when I need it.
Click the image below to see the pattern!
I am the sole designer behind Osage County Crochet!