Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012: Crochet Hero

Day Three of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! Today’s code, if you wish to follow along the other blogs also participating, is 3KCBWDAY3. You’ll need to enter that into the search engine of your choice and if everyone tagged their posts correctly, you’ll find other bloggers talking about the same subject! Fun, right?


Today’s post is Your Crochet Hero


Eskimimi says:

Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it’s really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a family member or friend, a specific designer or writer, indie dyer or another blogger. If you are writing about a knitting designer and you have knitted some of their designs, don’t forget to show them off. Remember to get permission from the owner if you wish to use another person’s pictures.


This one is pretty easy for me. My crochet hero is Kim Guzman. Let’s get some of the details out of the way first:

You can find out more about her through her various sites:
Her blog: WIPs ‘N Chains
Her main site: Kim Guzman
Her pattern site: Kimane Designs


So, why is Kim my hero? Kim is a fantastic designer, in both crochet and knit, and is one of the hardest working designers I know. Don’t get me wrong, all the designers I know work hard. But I’m constantly amazed at Kim’s stamina and ability to consistently produce amazing designs.

I follow her details on how much she’s working and it constantly amazes me. Some days it makes me exhausted just reading all she’s doing. She is somehow able to magically balance designing, teaching, raising her son and growing an amazing garden. And she seems to always balance them with grace.

I was lucky enough to meet Kim at the 2009 Knit and Crochet show. We didn’t have a lot of time to talk at that show, but we did get a chance to grab a photo together. I will admit, I was having a fan girl moment. I was having a fan girl moment most of the show.


Kim and Me outside the convention center


At the 2010 Knit and Crochet show we ran into one another again. This was my second show and I felt a little more confident and assured in my position as a designer and instructor. Which is evident by the fact that I didn’t take as many photos that year. 🙂 I did grab this one, though:


Rebecca Velasquez, Me, & Kim Guzman

Please forgive my lack of smile. I was already exhausted that day and was likely trying to talk to the photographer at the same time as the photo was being snapped. lol.


My favorite memory from that week? The last night of the show, sitting outside the hotel in the wee hours of the morning with Kim, having a very deep heart to heart about how hard this business is. I was already feeling the start of the burnout. It was something I should have listened to then so it didn’t get as bad as it did the following June. But, I will always remember that talk. The one thing that stuck with me (that I’ll share, ’cause the rest of it I’m keeping between us) was, “We do this because we love it, it doesn’t pay enough otherwise.” It wasn’t all serious conversation that night, there was a lot of laughter mixed in with those tears we shed together.


So yes, Kim is my crochet hero. She has helped me more than she’ll ever know. 🙂



Please join me tomorrow for the next post in the Knitting and Crochet Blog week. You can find other posts on this topic by using the code 3KCBWDAY3 in your search engine. See you tomorrow!