What haven't you crocheted yet that you want to crochet in the future?
A microscope. It turns out inorganic things are much less forgiving subjects for crochet. I also would like to do more microscopic things, like cells, orangelles, and proteins. As evidenced by the popularity of plush grenades, crochet has a pleasantly disarming way of making things accessible.
What was the first thing you ever crocheted?
I probably crocheted lots of weird little squares and purses and things as a child, but the first thing I made after re-learning to crochet as an adult was a beautiful amigurumi bear pattern from tattiscuties. It was also my first Etsy purchase, and I was pretty blown away at how suited crocheting was to generating these 3D structures.
Do you have your own (non-crochet) wunderkammer? If so, what's in it?
Living in a small apartment in San Francisco, my wunderkammer is limited to what I can cram onto my walls: an array of mussel shells covered in barnacles, a mounted moth, uncut paper mechanical dolls, instructional diagrams for making shadow puppets, Zeiss microscope poster explaining conjugate focal planes, a Wawaya mermaid in a shadow box, a page from an atlas of mushrooms, etc.
Do your fingers ever get tired from crocheting?
I think the longest I've crocheted at one stretch was 14 hours to fill a wholesale order. It was quite a workout for the fingers, and made me glad to live in the age of podcasts.
Do you make a living solely from your crochet work?
I'm actually a full-time graduate student in a biochemistry PhD program, so crocheting is a supplement to the stipend. I think these two pursuits dovetail nicely: I love science like burning, and this fuels the selection of the subject matter of many of the things I make. Furthermore, bench science can sometimes mercilessly assault you with failure and confusion. On the other hand, when I sit down with a crochet hook, there is little doubt that I will be able to stand up with an object minutes (hours?) later. It's very therapeutic.
Is it tough to sell or otherwise let go of your creations? I imagine they look great in a big bunch, all collected together.
In the beginning, I found selling things somewhat sentimental. Then the excitement at being able to actually distribute these objects I've made all over the world took over. When I feel I need to review, I like to look through old pictures to see where I've been and where I'm going.