Hello there and welcome to babé Crochet! In 2015 the company began under the name Babay Fay and after some life changing events which called for new intentions and aspirations, it was rebranded babé Crochet and relaunched in June 2019.
My name is Isabelle Mounet and I'm the owner and designer of BC. I am in the process of relocating from the seaside town of Brighton to the more peaceful Littlehampton, on the English South coast.
I grew up in a small farming village of Dordogne in the French South West, moving to the South of England in my early 20s to self-improve and develop. I quickly realised that Great Britain was where I wanted to live and grow.
My mother passed onto me her love for all things yarn and my father his “There is no problems but only solutions” type of attitude. I would like to think that both their teachings and values led me to invent the Izzy Crochet Hat Templates.
Mid 2017 right up to mid 2019, personal matters took priority over everything else in my business. My trusted US retailer, Amanda Lillie from The Lillie Pad, helped me out while providing me with invaluable support and ideas. We rebranded Babay Fay and relaunched as Babé Crochet - brand-spanking-new to match my new life!
On holiday with my aunt, my 1st knitting project in hands, age 6
What does babé means and where does it come from?
Babé is what my close family use for me as my nickname, so where it comes from is close to my heart. My little sister, 4 years my junior, had a slow start in life, with slow cognitive and speech development. Until the age of 4, she just could not say my name properly and babé is what she would say instead of Isabelle--and it stuck! For me, it’s the symbol of the little girl who had a tough start in life. Yet, as she has grown to adulthood, she has gone on to earn a Master in Horticulture and is now happily married with 2 amazing children. I am so terribly proud of her!
How did the Izzy Crochet Hat Tools come to be?
As most crocheters will have experienced, hats were very much a frustrating “hit and miss” for me. When it came to executing and sizing hats accurately I struggled to get the right fit and look. Out of sheer frustration--and lots of brainstorming, trial, error, and work--I created a set for myself. I then realised that so many other crocheters shared my frustration and I wanted to share my idea with all of them. So I decided to launch them as an official product.With my client’s feedback, I'm always thinking of ways to improve them so that they can meet crocheters' expectations.
Babé Crochet Values:
Community - A sense of community. From communities, we can grow, uplift and support each other. “We need a sense of community, a sense that we are all in it together. If we have not sense of community, the (American) dream will wither.” William J. Clinton
Paying It Forward and the 6 degrees of separation
I like to combine the principles of Pay It Forward and the 6th degree of separation. Here is how they can be defined:
- Pay it Forward is opposite of payback, when someone does a good deed for you, instead of paying them back, you pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else.
- Six degrees of separation is the idea that all people have six, or fewer, social connections away from each other. As a result, a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.
Combining these 2 principles, to me, feel like an efficient way to bring positive impact and changes.
Women supporting women
A History teacher once told me: “In all societies, positive changes come from women, by women.” I realise now how true she was. Women have that natural “I got your back” kinda girlfriend mentality. We have that innate way to network and support one another. I have been lucky to cross paths with amazing women who supported, uplifted and bettered me, I want to be that too to others.
Making a difference
From visiting an isolated friend for a coffee, to donating to a charitable organisation--all these little things we can do amount to a lot in their lives.