7:30 p.m. March 31, 2021
During the coronavirus lockdowns, many of us picked up or rediscovered the craft to distract ourselves from the endless news cycle and remove boredom.
Whether it’s knitting, embroidery, pottery or painting by numbers – a break for a creative hobby can be extremely good for our mental health.
And crocheting is one of the crafts that inspires many people – including diver Tom Daley, who inspires his followers on social media with his colorful wool creations.
Sarah Ellis from Wymondham started crocheting about seven years ago. She has a disease called Meniere’s disease which causes dizziness, and she learned to crochet to keep herself busy.
And now she’s sharing her love of crocheting with her first home keyring set.
Inspired by Japanese amigurumi art that created cute crochet or knitting figures, Sarah started crocheting cacti, initially to distract her young son from playing with a real cactus, which turned out to be a bit of a problem.
“Children and cacti don’t go that well together, so I decided to crochet a cactus,” says Sarah, 44.
From there she added eyes and started creating cactus figures which turned out to be a success. She now sells them through her own website, My Cactus Adventure, and through Etsy.
They were especially popular during the lockdown as people either buy them for themselves or send them to friends to cheer them up, and Sarah describes it as “spreading joy and happiness one cactus at a time”.
If you love plants but don’t have a green thumb, they are extremely easy to care for.
“Now it’s not just a job, it changes people’s lives that I never would have thought,” says Sarah.
She creates other items with crocheted figures, including Halloween pumpkins, sunflowers, monstera plants, unicorn blackboards, elephant plant hangers, and greeting cards.
In addition to her own handicrafts, she also likes to knit. Sarah teaches crocheting – or yarn rings, as she calls it – which was not possible during lockdown. She has just launched her first crochet cactus set for the home, a key ring that is suitable for all skill levels, including beginners.
“Before Covid, I taught face-to-face classes and small group classes with six to eight people, and obviously I couldn’t do that in lockdown,” says Sarah.
“I had the idea to make key chain sets. They come with full instructions and I also made a video to show you how to do the magic circle stitch and all the things you will need to make that particular item in the set. ”
And Sarah hopes that others will love crocheting too.
“It’s very therapeutic, it’s like meditation in a way,” she says.