CRAFT: Cozy Up to Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn

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Head on over to the Etsy shop Tiny Tangerines and you’ll be in cute heaven. Crafter Kelly Burghardt designs and crochets the most adorable baby hats shaped like owls, cupcakes, cows, and more. I got a chance to catch up with this busy designer and mom to find out more about her new crafy biz.
Please tell us what you make.
Custom crochet hats sold at tinytangerines.etsy.com.
How long have you been crocheting and how did you get started?
I’ve been crocheting for about a year now. A friend of mine taught me the basic stitch needed to make straight lines, but you can only make so many scarfs before it’s time to learn something new. About two months ago I taught myself how to crochet hats by watching youtube videos and I fell in love!
Your crochet hats for babies are adorable. What was your inspiration for creating them?
My daughter (born via emergency c-section) was blessed with a rather large head. All of the cute little baby headbands and hats we would buy for her looked too tight and seemed rather uncomfortable, so I decided to start making my own. When I posted pictures of them on my livejournal all of my mommy friends wanted some for their little ones too, some even suggested I open and etsy shop. I had no idea my hats would be so popular. I am so lucky to have found a way to help with the bills, while staying home with my daughter and doing something I really love.
How do you come up with your patterns?
It started with the owls and cupcakes, two of my favorite things! Now whenever I see something that makes me “awwww” my next thought is “how can I translate this into a hat?”
Do you have a crochet tip you can share?
Play with your stitches! Some of my favorite tricks have come from what I thought was a mistake.
Are there any other crafts you like to do?
I try to put a crafty spin on everything I do. I’m known for bringing theme cupcakes to every event I’m invited to. I reconstruct all of my clothes, paint silly patterns on my nails, and I’ve had my hair every color of the rainbow! I also love sketching, painting, sculpting, and any art project I can get my hands on. It feels so good to create something you can be proud of.