Day 22 of Knitting Contrissmas and it is the talented, kind, funny— very funny, Drew Emborsky, The Crochet Dude is here today! He’s a talented and generous person— you’ll enjoy the visit!
Winner of Iris Schreier/Artyarns Skein of Rhapsody Glitter Light, silk and mohair, dk weight, 400 yards in 40 grams is the very lucky- ANNE!
GIVEAWAY: Drew is giving one lucky winner a copy of his brand new book,
“Hug It Out”! Winner will be chosen by random generator at midnight CST
on December 28th
KC: Hi Drew, thank you so very much for being part of Knitting Contrissmas!
KC: For those that don’t know, how did The Crochet Dude come about?
DE: I’m a lifelong crochetier and when my mom passed away a few years ago I found a lot of comfort in crocheting for a charity group called Heartmade Blessings. Within that group the others started calling me the crochet dude. In 2005 when I thought I’d start a blog it just seemed very natural to call it The Crochet Dude. And as I blogged about my adventures in crocheting I found some opportunities to get my designs published and before I knew I had a career as a professional crochetier.
KC: It’s December 22nd and we’re all beyond crazy busy. YOU are always crazy busy though!!! Did I hear you recently took a REAL vacation? One without work??? Sheesh! As The Crochet Dude—you seem to be everywhere! Do you have any tips do you have to stretch personal time to be creative?
DE: Between my tv show, my line of products, my books, etc, I find that I am stretched pretty thin! Because after all, I have a home to take care of too! I find that if I carve out “creative time” and schedule it in then I feel free to be creative. If I don’t schedule it and say “I’ll be creative later when I get caught up” (which never really seems to happen) then I never get to it.
DE: A great way to schedule creative time is to join (or form) a group of hobbyists. For example there is a men’s knit & crochet group here in Houston that meets regularly at a yarn shop. That’s a great way for me to schedule creative time because it’s a fixed day and time each week.
KC: Do you knit or are you a crocheter only?
DE: I come from a very crafty family where we all had the freedom to explore any craft we wanted to. My dad (the ex-Marine) crocheted and so did my mom, amongst my siblings there are knitters, quilters, wood-crafters, cross-stitchers, you name it. I love crochet, knit, sewing, home decor, cooking, gardening, and oil painting. If you were to ask me next year I’m sure there will be other crafty things I could list that I’ve become immersed in!
KC: Tell me about “Crochet it. Love It. Wear it.”—– it’s a great book with excellent patterns for crochet. What is YOUR vision for your craft?
DE: Thanks for the kudos, I’m very proud of that book. I have a fine arts background having studied oil painting in college. All those years of design, composition, color theory, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc have sort of melded together with my lifelong love of crocheting. I approach each design with the desire to make the yarn looks it’s best, the experience to be enjoyable, but most of all to create a design that will be fulfilling to the person who is making it – almost as if each one is an piece of art that I’m creating.
KC: Your first book “The Crochet Dude’s Designs for Guys: 30 Projects Men Will Love” has some really handsome garments! Makes me want to crochet something for a favorite guy but I wouldn’t want to share it!
DE: Thank you! My goal was to create an evergreen “go-to” book that would serve the crochetier well for many many years. As color trends come and go there are basic styles that are classic, and I hope that Designs for Guys is a complete collection of them.
KC: What comes first the yarn or the pattern?
DE: Definitely the concept when I’m designing for a book. I know I want the sweater or pillow, or *fill in the blank* to have certain qualities and features, and then as the ideas develop I will swatch with different yarns to find the one that is going to get the results that I’m looking for. Once I have the concept and the yarn then the pattern develops as the stitching happens. I love having the freedom to allow the project to blossom naturally and every once in a while even I’m surprised with the direction the final project takes.
KC: It’s been so interesting to hear how everyone searches out their own inspiration— what does your process look like?
DE: I’m always pouring over magazines and websites to see the direction that the culture is trending. I also find a lot of inspiration from certain architectural periods (like art nouveau) and other artists (like Jonathan Adler).
KC: You inspire so many people from a wide spectrum of creative artists…… who inspires YOU?
DE: I draw a LOT of inspiration from visionaries, those that have had a dream and did what it took to become successful – very often in spite of naysayers! Oprah, Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, etc.
KC: The past year had a lot of changes for the knit and crochet community. What do you think made the biggest impact in 2011 and what do you see on the horizon for 2012?
DE: I saw the knitters and crocheters coming together in a way I hadn’t seen previously. Ravelry has had such a wonderful unification influence over the fiber community and I love the direction we are headed. For 2012 I see the knit and crochet worlds blending together in a way that everyone will feel free to celebrate whatever craft they want to in that moment.
KC: Knowing your schedule over 2011 I ask laughingly……are you making handmade gifts this year?
DE: Gosh I would love to say that I am making handmade gifts but this year has been just to busy for me – I’m afraid all my crafting time has been dedicated to The Crochet Dude! But I do take time to wrap gifts in special themed giftwrap – here is a link to show you what I mean: http://bit.ly/s3fkVb
DE: Not as many as I once did because so many of the bloggers have moved their efforts to Facebook and Twitter.
KC: The past year has been a big one for you, what is coming in 2012? Can you possibly get busier????
DE: I JUST had a book drop called “Hug It Out” – which is a guide to crocheting for charity. Crochetiers are so generous and this is a way to help them find outlets for their need to comfort and help! Here is a link to my Flickr set that previews the projects included: http://bit.ly/uiqHEx
The most exciting thing that I can see for 2012 is that I’m adding 20 new products to my line bringing the total to almost 40! http://bit.ly/dDlHH7
I also have another book coming out in January 2012 with the working title “Use Up Your Scraps”.
I will be teaching at STITCHES Events across the country. http://bit.ly/38TIE
KC: What words do you have for your many fans in the world of all things YARN? For those crocheters who follow you (and are about to)?
DE: If I could say anything to the yarn enthusiasts out there? I would say love love love what you do. Make sure that you love the pattern you’ve chosen, and especially make sure that you love the yarn that you’re using. There is no happy ending to an unhappy journey.
Here are the different ways that I can be found:
- Twitter: @thecrochetdude
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecrochetdude
- Google+: http://bit.ly/swdExq
- Blog: http://blog.thecrochetdude.com/
Thanks so much Drew, can’t wait for the new book! I’ll continue to find your contagious smile on the screen and in your blog! Have a Merry!
Don’t you dare forget—- Drew is giving one lucky winner a copy of his brand new book, “Hug It Out”! Winner will be chosen by random generator at midnight CST on December 28th