NAME: JUSTYNA SROCK
SOCIAL: @LADYJAYCROCHET, ETSY
Quirky and spunky crochet work fills the portfolio of Justyna Srock. Pom pom's, quotable beanies, and a balance between bright colors and neutrals frequent any work that Justyna creates.
Using out Recycled Cotton T-Shirt Yarn, she created an exclusive tote bag pattern for Darn Good Yarn, that makes the perfect spring and summer accessory.
1. When did you start crocheting? How did you learn?
I first learned how to crochet when I was 7 from a family friend, but I didn’t really start learning more than how to make anything but rectangles or scarves until I was newly married in 2014. I actually learned to knit per my husband’s request for a specific hat in January of 2016. Youtube has been my main source of learning the basics and new techniques! I also have utilized Pinterest for different stitch combination inspiration.
2. What is your favorite memory involving crochet?
The first memory to come to mind was me at 8. I was still new to crochet, but I had just finished making myself a BRIGHT red purse with Tucan Bird fabric lining. I remember thinking that I would love to be able to sell my handiwork someday. Little did I know, that dream would become a reality over a decade later!
3. What inspired you to create your own small business?
I first started my business as a way to fund my yarn obsession and to try to get rid of all the baby hats that I was making but didn’t have a baby for. I never thought that my business would turn into anything but having fun. Once I found my niche and fell in love with pattern designing, everything else has just fallen into place! I love what I do, and that has been my ultimate inspiration.
4. What has been the biggest challenge you have faced so far in your fiber arts career?
My biggest challenge can be myself. In many aspects of my life including making/designing, I am my own worst critic. There have been so many times I have let self-doubt sneak into my mind and cripple me. Thankfully, my identity in Christ and having an amazing family and maker community have helped me through those occasional funks!
5. What tips do you have for other crafters who are looking to take their art to the next level?
For anyone who wants to take their art to the next level, GO FOR IT! Find something you love and latch on. It might be intimidating at first, but I promise that the hardest part of starting something new is just that: starting. Once you get your feet wet and surround yourself with an awesome community of like-minded people, you really have nothing to fear, only gain!
6. What’s next for you?
I plan to continue to design and further my knowledge of knitting and crocheting techniques! I don’t have an official plan, I just want to continue to do what I love for as long as I can :).