Today I’m getting to know Kim Sofia a little better… A crochet lady after my own heart, but who is able to handle her monster movies and scary stuff. I just like the monsters, but cannot for the life of me handle anything slightly frightening. I hide under the covers and freak out. It’s nice to be able to follow along from a safe distance through Kim’s work.
The obligatory question… how did you learn how to crochet?
My grandmother taught me when I was about 6. I’m a lefty, and she wasn’t. She bought me crochet and knitting books, learnt to do both as a lefty, too, and then taught me. We also did the mirror thing, when I got pretty good at both of them, and would work at the same time, it was cool to watch.
Did you always crochet monsters and creepy things from the beginning, or have you evolved from bunnies or flowery thingies?
When I was a kid, it was mostly clothes, or blankets for my dolls. Then I put down crochet, and knitting for a looooooong time. I moved for a couple years to Maine, from California, and of course, being cold, picked knitting back up. It was socks and hats and mittens and gloves and bags mostly, for a couple years. When I moved back to California, I was still mostly knitting, mostly socks, but a friend gave me an amigurumi book, Creepy Crochet, because of my love of creepy things.
Was crocheting always about being a business to you or did you start out purely for the joy of it?
When I got the book I was really excited. I’d actually never crocheted a doll. I made the first few as gifts, so many people got amis that year as gifts. Then I was commissioned to make some very specific zombies, WITH legs (they’re all round bottoms in that book), so I knew it was going to be much more my doll, and I went with it. I had a full time day job at the time, and had so many more orders from people after that, and then came a really big order that would be taken to a convention. And that’s about the time it really became a business.
If it didn’t start as a business, what happened to turn your crocheting into a money making venture (I was going to write money making machine, but that might sound silly… or awesome. Whatever.)?
A lot of it came from not ever going without someone saying “I’d like you to make…” I almost never run out of orders, or of things that I want to make. There are only a couple weeks a year I”m not working on something.
If you had to describe your crocheting in a 9 word sentence, what would it be?
I make classic and custom creatures and creations.
3 part question… Who is your favorite monster of all time and why? Do you think he/she could defeat Mothra in battle?
Favorite monster of all time is Frankenstein’s monster. When I was 5 or 6 I had a dream that my house was on fire, and I was on the second floor. Frankenstein’s monster came up and carried me out of the burning building. That dream has stayed with me my entire life. He’s my favorite.
And in my head, he’s suddenly riding on the back of Mothra…he doesn’t defeat Mothra, they realize they’re not really of this world, both being one of a kind. They would look each other in the eye, and Mothra would take Frankenstein’s monster on his back and they would soar the skies. (I love all of this *not wiping away stray tear*cough*yes*I*am*cough)
Favorite dessert. Go.
Just about anything salted caramel. *drools*
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Kim a little better. I know I have… also salted caramel is to die for (no pun intended with the zombies right above). Ahem. You can visit Kim’s blog at: http://kreepykimsofia.wordpress.com/ and become a fan on Facebook at Kim’s Sticks and Strings. (All images are belong to Kim Sophia, and are being used with permission.
Mark your calenders… the 3rd installment of the crochet experiment is starting up on February 10th. You can click here to have a reminder sent to your email.