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An Interview with Annastasia Cruz, Designer of Baby Hats!

I was incredibly excited to talk to Annastasia Cruz about her pattern booklet, Baby Hats recently! Baby Hats has ten crochet patterns for some unbelievably adorable hats in sizes for babies 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.  The Pixie Bonnet in particular just about knocked me over with its sweetness and I can't wait to get started on some of these cute little hats.

The Pixie Bonnet.  You can't tell me this doesn't knock you over with sweetness!
 I emailed Annastasia some questions about Baby Hats, crocheting, and her inspirations for these sweet designs, and this is how it went!

How did you get started crocheting?
 I started crocheting when I was 16 and just picked up a crochet hook and yarn and just started playing around. I ended up making a scarf out of nothing but slip stitches, I didn't know that they were slip stitches at the time.  After that, I picked up a book from the library and taught myself how to crochet.  I ended up loving it.

What do you like about crocheting/what other crafts do you enjoy? 

I love being able to make something from from simple supplies.  I love the creative process and love making beautiful things.  I also sew, knit, embroidery, smock, and am learning how to tat.
 
Why did you want to design baby hats? 

My son is in Boy Scouts and he was working on his Eagle Scout project, and this is a project that requires 100+ hours of work doing a community service project.  He decided that he wanted to make baby kits and donate them to a group that helps new mothers in need, so he collected baby blankets, cloth diapers, diaper pins, and baby bottles as well as other needed items.  For each kit he wanted me to make baby hats and booties, so that is where designing baby hats came in.  He ended up collecting enough for 52 kits.

The patterns in Baby Hats are classified as "Easy" and look like they would be a great project for newer crocheters.  What would you say to someone who is interested in learning to crochet, but is still a bit nervous about really getting started?  
You will love it. With patience and determination, anybody can learn and it is so rewarding knowing that you made something yourself.

What is your favorite pattern from this book? 

Picking my favorite pattern is like picking a favorite child. I love them all!  I love the bunny hat because it's so adorable but I also love the heirloom hat because I love heirloom stuff and as I was designing the stitch pattern it just felt like something that would be treasured.  The pixie hat is just too cute with the point sticking up, and then there's the spiral hat--I just love everything that spirals.

I appreciate Annastasia taking the time to answer my questions and fill me in on her approach to designing and handcrafting in general.  You can keep up with her on Ravelry here, and you can buy your own copy of Baby Hats here.  Look for the print version at a craft store near you soon!

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