The Little Bee is a crochet design company created by Alia Bland. I was referred to her by a friend when I mentioned that I wanted more designers to photograph for Hands On. Alia has a yurt in Piha, on Auckland’s wild west coast, where she lives with her three young boys and her husband, and somehow manages to find time to crochet too. Her yurt is crammed with yarn (good insulation!) in bright and beautiful colours and when I met her, she was creating a beautiful collar for a cardigan.
Alia has a number of designs available online through Ravelry, her Sunday Shawl was an immediate hit and crocheters worldwide have created over 4000 versions of it. Pictured above is Alia’s clever design for a rope-basket made beautiful by crocheting around the utilitarian rope with yarn. It was Alia’s designs that created a big increase in my own Ravelry queue, so peruse her designs with that in mind!