I’ve always associated crocheting with my grandma. I grew up around crochet doilies as a kid and always remember them at holidays or hanging around once-a-year china. Though knitting and embroidery have enjoyed a crafty-cool renaissance in recent years, I’m surprised the art of crochet hasn’t been resurrected in the same way. For one, it only uses one needle instead of knitting’s two, and if the insanely awesome work of Kate Jenkins is any indication, the possibilities for creating something truly unique are endless.
Treating the handmade craft as an elevated artform, Jenkins weaves wool and yarn into everything from a diner spread—complete with NYC coffee and a breakfast fry-up—to comic fun like a literal can of worms and “French” fries in stripes, mustaches, and berets. Her work (done in her Brighton studio) draws you in with its whimsy, but it’s the intricate artistry that defies imagination. I had a hard time choosing which pieces to showcase because all are so clever and fun. Thus, I urge you to peruse Jenkins’s website to check out the smoked salmon on a bagel (clue: the salmon is smoking) as well as her market collection and crochet cafe. Who wouldn’t want a a gang of googly-eyed sausages hanging around all the time?