On the Friday before Canada Day (July 1st for those of you who are outside of Canada, eh) my office had a barbecue and team games like cup stacking, Kickin’ Putt, DIY frisbee golf, bean bag toss etc. (Yes, this is how we roll.) Part of the fun of the activity was a competition to come up with the best team name that had a Canadian theme. My team was amazing, we came in 3rd overall and we won the name competition hands down. Needless to say that our name involved “beavers”. We wore red maple leaf shaped hats with CANADA printed in white across the front, name tags, we had signs, but what was so amazing was that my awesome team captain Devon surprised us all with these mind blowing crocheted beaver tails that his wife made the night before. I couldn’t believe that someone made these incredibly detailed beaver tails - check out the cross hatching! - and even more surprising was the fact that there were NINE of us! Each hand made beaver tail also had yarn ties so that we could ACTUALLY WEAR THEM. I was flabbergasted! Devon let me know that his talented wife makes all sorts of cool crocheted things, including hats and toys for kids. I had to see these adorable creations and interview their creator! I myself do not know how to knit or crochet but I am definitely interested in learning.
I know you’re dying of suspense, our team name was “Rastaman’s Busy Beavers”, inspired by our team captain! ☺
Kim was kind enough to answer a few of my questions. Enjoy “Doodler’s Questionnaire” with Kim!
*Image source: http://pinterest.com/kimmyrw/pins/
What inspired you to start crocheting?
Ahh.. easy question.. I have 5 children and 2 nieces. When my oldest niece announced she was pregnant, I just knew I had to make baby Domenic every cute crocheted item I could find a pattern for! I wish I had known how to crochet when my children were babies but I guess I really wouldn’t have had the time LOL He truly is my inspiration for everything I make ☺
How did you learn to crochet?
My daughter joined a knitting club at school when she was in grade 6. She would come home afterwards and ask me for help. I couldn’t knit if my life depended on it , so I sent her to my mom (knitting is her thing) but every time my daughter came home she’d tell me what a great day they had shopping!! Lol But then, again, after her next club meeting she would come home, upset, asking me to help her. Finally I decided to go buy a “learn to knit book”, which was no help to me, I just don’t have the knack for knitting!! When I tossed the book aside from pure frustration it landed on the reverse side which was “learn to crochet”. I picked up a hook and have been crocheting ever since.
What is your absolute most favourite thing you’ve ever made?
Well I have a few favorites. Most of them are the baby items for my great-nephew. I truly love the Christmas hats I made him. The string of lights hat I think I love the most.
Thank you SO much for making the amazing beaver tails for Canada Day! Was this the first time you had made them?
Yes this was the first time I’ve made them. It was kind of last minute (the night before) when my husband asked if I could make him some beaver tails for the next day. I said sure… and then he said he’d need 9!! Haha of course he’d need that many right? ; ) They were really rushed and I wish I’d had more time to make them so I could have done a better job (self -critical here) but he was happy and they were done in time. I’m so happy you liked them and congrats on your win!! Yay Rastaman’s Busy Beavers!!!
What advice do you have for someone like me who is interested in learning how to crochet?
Well I guess my advice would be to take your time when you first start out. Make something simple or a “beginner” pattern (s) the first few times to build your confidence. It truly is gratifying when you see your efforts in a completed item. As with everything else in life, the more you do it the better you get. So don’t give up! Also, there is a lot of help out there on the internet. I found that when I didn’t understand a pattern or a stitch… I googled it!
Have you ever considered opening up your own business selling your awesome creations? (If they are available please let us know how we can purchase them)
Well yes I have thought of it. My niece constantly tells me to open a shop online. I’ve never found the courage to do so though. Honestly, I think I’m a little nervous to sell what I make online, I guess I think no one would buy them. I am my own worst critic. Basically, I sell my items by either word of mouth or if someone sees one of hats or blankets on my great nephew, my niece will take an order for me (she does this often). Other than that my Facebook page or my Pinterest page is usually where people can browse my pictures and order something. If they don’t see what they are looking for, they just ask. I usually can make whatever they want.
How long does it take for you to make one of the adorable kids’ hats like the ones you have on your Pinterest page?
It depends on which hat really. Some I can have completed in a couple of hours, others with more detail, may take a little longer. The string of lights hat for example took a couple of days… lots of detail, stuffing and sewing… and that’s in between cooking, cleaning and laundry for 5 kids and my full time job!! I find crocheting is a stress release, after my day is done I can’t wait to sit down with my hook and some yarn.
If we went back in time and asked your 4 year old self what they want to be when they grow up what would they answer?
A mommy. I also wanted to be a doctor, nurse, singer, secretary… but one thing that never changed was a Mom.
What is the most beautiful experience you can imagine?
Hands down it’s the birth of my children (and nieces). Nothing can compare to the feeling of holding that brand new life in your arms. That feeling only multiplied when I held my nieces child for the first time, the way I had held her 23yrs before. Makes my heart smile ☺
Anything to add?
Yes! I would like to thank you very much for asking me to do this interview with you. I was really touched that you liked my creations so much that you were interested in knowing more. It’s been a pleasure Meredith ☺
Thanks so much to Kim for taking some time out of her busy schedule to answer Doodler’s Questionnaire and for being AWESOME!