I don’t quite know how I navigated along to finding the Its A Witt Thing Facebook page, but I do remember seeing this gorgeous crocheted pear and apple combo… and they were so cute that they made my ovaries twitch!
As did every other adorable creation on the page.
I just had to have one of everything!
So I clicked on the ‘About’ link to see how I could get my hands on a batch of goodies, but instead I saw this: “Handmade crochet keepsakes. Sorry, no custom orders. This allows me my creative freedom and the ability to work at my own pace. I hope you enjoy my page x“.
And just like that, my greedy needies subsided into one single emotion … RESPECT. Respect for the designs, the individual pieces and most of all, for the maker.
It was also worth noting that instead of a plethora of purchase options, e-commerce links and such, there are old fashioned (ish) auctions for many of the individual pieces (with proceeds from some items going to a great charity cause).
I just had to know more.
So here she is, the maker behind it all – Rebekah Law. And I’m chuffed to be able to share some inspiration from this creative soul:
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m happily married with two young energetic boys who are the centre of my world. I work part time as a dental hygienist in an orthodontic practice. Everything in my life is go go go! Crochet is my down time. I get to create and de-stress at the same time.
What/who lead you to creating Its a Witt Thing? And how did you come up with the interesting name?
Its A Witt Thing started after a few friends encouraged me to share my hobby instead of keeping everything stashed away and hidden in draws. It was a way to show case my crochet with the possibility of selling a few thing along the way. I get a lot of questions about the name haha! I really got into crocheting after I had my first son. When he slept during the day I would get so bored, so I started crocheting. He had a dummy for sleep time and he used to call it a “witt” As he got older, I would tell him “it’s time for bed, go get your Witt”, and while he slept I would crochet. So that’s how the name came about
How would you describe your style and who/where do you draw creative inspiration from?
I’m not sure I have a specific style as such. When I look back at everything I’ve made I see quite a variety ranging from fun and cute, to quirky and whimsical. I try to give everything personality and put my own twist on patterns that I may use. For me my biggest inspiration comes from colour and texture.
What’s your creative process? Do you start a collection and keep adding to it along the way, or do you have the end result in mind from the beginning.
I normally always start with a colour palette or a particular yarn and work from there. Often what I envision making ends up very different to what finish with. I use a lot of patterns but like to alter parts or combine parts of patterns to make them unique. I like to play with proportions and add extra details to put my own spin on it.
What’s your next creative project and what plans do you have in mind for Its a Witt Thing?
I’m not sure! What ever inspires me at the time I guess! At this stage, I’m really happy with Its A Witt Thing. It’s still more of a hobby than a buisness. I like how I have my creative freedom without the stress of orders and deadlines. I can work at my own pace and make whatever I feel like in that moment of time. I fear if I turn it into a proper buisness, I would be stuck making the same thing in the same colours and I wouldn’t enjoy it anymore.
If you didn’t have any time pressures and you had complete creative control, what is your dream crochet project?
I’m fortunate enough with how Its A Witt Thing has evolved that I can create whatever I desire at the time. My dream is to have access to more of a variety of yarns. I’d love to be able to work with different textures, hand dyed yarns, and some luxury chunky or novelty yarns.
Here are some of my favourite pieces from Rebekah’s collection, which you can find at her Facebook Page, Its A Witt Thing.
In an age of lifestyle celebrities everywhere – from renovation to cooking shows and everything in between – delivered on a dizzying smorgasbord of social media platforms via endless selfies, it’s nice to get some perspective on those who are out there quietly and peacefully ploughing away and… just… doing what they love.
No bells and whistles needed. Just pride and passion in what they do, and no pressing need to dilute or overcomplicate their slow and steady path. These are the makers we love interviewing on The Cloud9 Project.
Stay tuned, because we’ve got a line-up of interesting folk and their great creations to feature for you.
A BIG THANKS to Rebekah for taking the time to let us get to know her a little better. And we wish her every success with her creations.
– Surangi xx