Tea for Two Sarah Whelan

July 10, 2016By 0 Comments

hey everyone! Glad you could stop by for a cuppa at our Tea for Two! Please welcome our special guest – Sarah Whelan from Team Waterwheel! Please share all about yourself and your love of yarn Sarah! Tea for Two and You 2crochethooks


My name is Sarah and I Love crochet. That’s love with a capital L. I always felt like a creative person, but until crochet, I just hadn’t found my niche. Pictures I drew never came out the way I imagined them in my head, instruments refused to co-operate with my attempts to play them, knitting just resulted in really, really long scarves. Crochet though, crochet just clicked.

Sarah Whelan fingerless mitts

I was taught to crochet five years ago by a lovely lady who I met on the first day of jury duty. When that ended, Beth from Bethintx1 on youtube took over. And piles of little granny squares took over my house. It felt very much like the beginning of a new relationship, I was thinking about crochet all the time. I wanted to spend all of my time making things. As I started to feel more confidant, I got more ambitious and started devouring crochet books, patterns, blogs and videos.


In real life I get laughs whenever I pull my latest work-in-progress out of my handbag. I’m mocked for having ‘an old lady hobby’ but people who notice me crocheting almost always come to talk to me. I’m frequently told they like seeing a young woman crocheting, that you don’t see it much anymore. I listen to stories about their Mums or Grans who crocheted or about an item they were gifted and still treasure. Crochet is as much about love as stitches.


You might not see as many people crocheting in real life as perhaps you did decades ago, but online our community is vibrant, friendly and growing. People crochet, for loved ones, for charity, or because they just have a passion to. It soothes fraught nerves and calms worrying minds. I can count to ten in about eight different languages after watching foreign crocheters making chains at the beginning of their videos! Our beautiful art form ignores language barriers and I wholeheartedly love it.

Fingerless gloves Sarah Whelan

The thing I have most come to enjoy the past two years when I have had far less time due to having two babies, is that I now enjoy the planning stage of crocheting almost as much as the making. Before I dove straight in and made whatever came to mind. I winged things and stayed up till four AM, because I couldn’t sleep until my project was finished. Time is a luxury I don’t have at the moment, so I scribble down ideas and plan them out for future days. Projects take months to complete instead of hours now but my enthusiasm is the same.


My other hobbies have all been touched by crochet. One of my most popular posts is for some fingerless gloves inspired by Hermione’s in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I have so many Harry Potter crochet ideas it’s ridiculous. I just need the time to make them all and then blog about them! I made a crochet blanket to use at the end of yoga when you’re cooling down and I’m currently working on a shemaugh inspired by Fallout Four. Another fairly popular post is about a basket I crocheted for my car made from polyrope and gardeners twine, as one of my other hobbies is organisation and being prepared. I don’t just stick to wool anymore, anything that can wrap around my hook is fair game!

wooly christmas sarah whelan

There is also always a small section of my brain thinking about Christmas crochet. Some people like making baby clothes, I like making Christmas decorations. I do get quite a lot of views come Winter time on my post about the wooly tree baubles I made. I still love them and use them every year. I also have wooly garlands and I’m half way through a wreath…that I started two years ago. If I’m to have any hope of it finally being finished for this December I should probably leave this here and start now!

christmas ornament


Ha! Thanks for visiting Sarah and sharing your exciting love for crochet! I think anyone reading this will be excited to add some yarn to a hook! Please stop by and visit Sarah and tell her thank you!

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