We posed some questions to crafty sisters Megan and Alana Looke to find out what keeps this duo in stitches. The sisters are the creative minds behind Megan and Alana’s Crochet Creations, a local business that specializes in handcrafted wearable items, which can be purchased at the Airdrie Farmers Market every Wednesday until Thanksgiving.
airdrielife: Tell us about your childhood.
Megan: We grew up in New Germany, a small village in Nova Scotia. Being just two school grades apart, we were pretty close growing up. Not only were we friends with one another, but were also gymnasts who competed through our late teens and travelled internationally with a performance team, so we remained close until our college and university years. Alana moved to the region 11 years ago to work as a WestJet flight attendant, and I ended up staying after visiting her five-and-a-half years ago.
AL: What’s life like now?
Alana: Both of us live in Airdrie and neither of us have kids. We are both in our early 30s, and, in addition to running our business, we work full time.
AL: Tell us how you learned to crochet and why you love it so much.
Megan: My mom taught me when I was around 10 years old. For me, crocheting is like therapy: it’s stress relieving and something I enjoy while relaxing on the couch watching a movie. It’s also super rewarding to see the smile a homemade item can bring to someone’s face.
Alana: My sister’s love of crochet piqued my interest in the craft about three years ago. I got started by watching online tutorials. My sister taught me some of the trickier stitches and gave me some tips on sizing. I enjoy designing and creating hats – when I see a new ball of yarn, my imagination goes crazy with the possibilities.
AL: How did you turn your hobby into a business?
Megan: Getting going with the business was kind of a fluke. I posted pictures of a baby blanket and hat-and-bootie set created for a relative’s baby on social media and someone commented that I should sell items at a farmers market. I thought it was a good idea, so I started going to markets and selling items under the name Megan’s Crochet Creations. It was successful, and in 2014 Alana and I decided to join forces. We started out attending just a few markets, but have expanded. Now we attend the Airdrie and Bearspaw farmers markets throughout the season and also sell our items at several Christmas markets.
AL: What items do you specialize in?
Alana: Our hats are our most popular item, and we create all sorts, from a messy bun hat to lamb, owl and minion hats, but we also stitch mermaid-tail blankets, kitchen towels, dish scrubbies and dishcloths. Creating baby items is a real love, and the items have become popular newborn photo props and baby shower gifts. Currently, Megan’s signature item is her non-slip flip-flop slippers.
AL: How much time do you spend crocheting every day?
Megan: I crochet a minimum of two hours a day, and up to eight. The hats and such don’t create themselves!
Alana: I usually crochet a few hours every day, but I do it because I want to, not because I have to. Sometimes life gets busy, or I have to work and the crocheting has to wait.
AL: Tell us about working with your sister.
Megan: I am so glad I get to spend as much time as I do with my sister. The best part is the quality time and the laughter we share. My sister is super creative and has an amazing knack for colours and colour combinations. It’s so awesome to be able to bring together our unique ideas and turn them into something great.
Alana: I like working with my sister. She is organized, dependable, creative and has great ideas about how to display our creations at markets. We are a great team!