Name: Kay Wiley
"Coffee And Crochet Keep The Crazy Away" is what Kay Wiley of @acupofcrochet lives by. Her work is fun, youthful, quirky and creative - after only crocheting consistently for a year, Kay is constantly inspired by the knit and crochet communities.
1. When did you start crocheting? How did you learn?
I started crocheting in elementary school after a friends grandmother taught us. It was an occasional hobby for a while after that. In 2017 I started crocheted everyday.
2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY INVOLVING CROCHETING?
My favorite crochet memory would probably be when I made my first sale. At that point I was just starting to write patterns and someone loved my work but couldn't crochet. It was the best feeling ever to have someone want my work for themselves!
3. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN SMALL BUSINESS?
The crochet and craft community inspired me to start my business. I have been blessed to be surrounded by some of the most talented and kindhearted makers around. The support they all give, you cant help but aspire to be a better crocheter and start a business.
4. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE FACED SO FAR IN YOUR FIBER ARTS CAREER?
The biggest challenge I have faced is time. Just about everyone can agree that there just is not enough hours in a day. That is especially true for crocheters. But that's what coffee is for, right?
5. WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER CRAFTERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO TAKE THEIR ART TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
My advice to people looking to take their craft to the next level is to have a good support system. Even if that support comes from the lovely online crochet community. We all need someone in our corner in order to be successful. Doubt will always find people, but its that support system that will push you through it and keep the spark alive!
6. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
What's next for me? Well my goals are to make crochet a career. Whether that be by selling my items to people, writing patters for other crocheters, or starting a crochet class to help teach new crocheters. I truly believe crocheting/crafting can change the world! I want to be a part of that change.