Here we are, the final installment of the Mindfulness CAL. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along, whether you’ve been making it yourself or just taking a look at everyone’s brilliant makes. You can, of course, still get your hands on the kit from Deramores here: https://tidd.ly/3hGtm26 (this is an afffiliate link, for which I would receive a small commission at no extra cost to you should you purchase the product)
The designer of the final part is Cassie of @themissingyarn.
Cassie is a left handed crochet designer from Cambridgeshire, she lives in The Fens with her twin boys and dog Coco.
Cassie loves to design bright cheerful highstreet led garments and wearables, she is the author of My Crochet Wardrobe, and regularly designs for the UK magazines, Inside Crochet, Crochet Now and Simply Crochet.
Cassie learned to crochet when her mother died in her late 20s to calm her anxious mind , Crochet has drastically helped with moments of mindfulness and has improved her mental health.
What does mindfulness mean to you?
Mindfulness to me means to totally switch off from any pain of anxiety you might be feeling to be totally at one with yourself and in the moment.
How did you go about designing with mindfulness in mind?
I wanted to design something simple enough for the maker to be able to follow but also challenging enough for them to be able to switch their mind to something that distracted the maker from anything else they might be thinking about so they could be totally in the now.
What else do you do (other than crochet) to be mindful?
Since lock down Ive started running Ive just completed the COUCH TO 5 K app largely helped by Jo Whiley. This has been an excellent form of mindfulness.
Adult colouring has also helped me through some really dark days, I absolutely loved colouring as a kid, I have the most gorgeous set of 100 felt tip pens now!
What’s your favourite project to design? Garments! I absolutely love to design garments that you would love to buy if you saw them in your local High Street , but also a little bit different and unusual. This stems from my own desire to be a little bit different.
If you could design anything, what would it be? I would love to design something magnificent for one of the main fashion houses , I would love to also be part of a really big yarn bomb.
Which of your designs are you most proud of? I love my Kaleidoscope Cardigan and my Eclectic Jumper , I love changing colours and experimenting with stitches.
What colours make you calm? Pastels keep me calm, nice soft coastal colours.
What colours make you happy? I love bright vibrant colours teamed with black.
Your number one top crochet tip? If you’re changing colours, crochet over your ends so you don’t have so much sewing ends in to do.
When crocheting your squares turn after each row to keep your squares nice and square.