I recently got to spend some time with Bek, founder of SookyLaLa Crochet Co. at her home workshop. Her range of baby bonnets and blankets are amazing and all handmade with so much style! What a pleasure to photograph all those colours and funky designs and to hear more about her story!
I started crocheting about six years ago. I wish I could say that it was taught to me by my mother and grandmothers, but the fact is, one day I took myself off to an intro course that was running at Cranked in Leederville. At the time, I didn’t really have any other hobbies or talents and I really felt like I needed to learn a new skill, and have something to keep me busy. After the first class, I was hooked (pun totally intended)!
My mother is incredibly creative and used to sew and knit clothes for me and my siblings when we were little, and both my Nonna and Grandmother used to crochet, so it’s kind of in my DNA, I just didn’t realise it until much later!
I only decided to open up a little shop selling my crochet at the beginning of this year, although it had been on my mind for a long time. I figured that since I love crocheting so much, there’s only so many handmade blankets lying around the house that my husband can tolerate, so why not make things that other people can buy?
I wanted to start out with baby blankets, particularly using cotton yarn which is so much more suited to our warm WA climate, and use colours not typically used for babies. The best part about what I do is sitting there playing with different colour combinations!!
Sooky La La is such a classic saying isn’t it? “Stop being such a Sooky La La!” I liked the idea that it goes against how we normally like to perceive babies. Yes, they’re cute, soft, and snuggly, but they also cry….a lot… and usually about the littlest things! Sooky La La is also one of my favourite things to call my husband… and my dog Heidi when they are having a sulk about something!
At the moment I’m loving making these sweet little baby bonnets in a wattle stitch, the feel of them is amazing! But also, I love my striped tassel blankets, simply because I had so much fun putting the different colours schemes together and they really highlight the direction I wanted take with my shop.
In my home, I’m most proud of my Retro Blanket, the pattern is from Amy at Little Doolally (http://www.littledoolally.com/) one of my favourite crochet pattern designers. Intended as a baby blanket, I worked it up into a throw for my couch and I just love the look and the feel of it. If I wasn’t working full time, I’d love to also make and sell throws, cushions and other homewares from my shop.
Being unique can be difficult when there are so many talented people out there, but for me, I wanted to try and avoid the usual pinks and blues when making blankets and accessories for babies.
I like to challenge the way that people think about colour for babies, and use bolder colours, and unusual combinations in my blankets. That’s not to say I don’t like a good baby pink bonnet at the best of times, but seeing a little one in mustard, army green, copper or even black is more my kind of style!
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