I started crocheting in 2011. I was in a very stressful, busy job and I needed something to wind down with when I got home. I played video games of course, but mostly FPS and MOBAs so that definitely wasn’t the genres to relax to. Unfortunately for my wallet, shopping always managed to calm me down. I was searching for merchandise for a game and I came across a sackboy dressed as Kratos. I thought it was the cutest thing. So I looked to see if there was any official merch that I could purchase and … alas there was none. So I decided to make my own. Well now I needed to learn a new skill. I thought about knitting, and that just seemed way more complicated than crocheting. Especially since the creation of dolls from crochet has its very own name, Amigurumi.
I found a sackboy pattern and looked through it to find the stitches that I would need to learn and dove right in. I created my first Sackboy… and I honestly have no idea why I continued… haha. It looked absolutely nothing like it was supposed to! Thankfully, I didn’t stop. I was determined to get this right. So I tried again, and again. I finally made a doll that resembled that original sackboy pattern.
I started to branch out. I found other geeky pattern makers and I remember making the tiniest moogle. But I officially caught the bug. But the stuff I wanted to make I couldn’t find patterns on. So I started to make my own.
During a time when money was tight: electricity, cable, etc was getting turned off on a regular basis. Selling my dolls was the only thing that kept it all going. I would be short on a payment and in came a custom order for a doll. I don’t think they ever realized how truly grateful I was to work. For months, they saved me.
After some time, I finally got a steady paycheck that was able to pay all my bills. Custom work was starting to bog down my creativity I began writing down my patterns. I didn’t normally do that. I would just make what I needed for the custom I was working on and move on. I would get asked quite often if I had a pattern and I finally decided to break the habit of not writing down patterns and transition from commission work to pattern making.