We caught up with Victoria Kairis from
Hi! What are you up to today?
I am a full-time mum to two little boys who are 7 and 3 years old. So, most of my day will be spent doing the school run and playing games, and other mum things. But I will try to have a crochet hook in my hand as often as possible, whenever I get a spare minute.
What is your favourite type of project to crochet?
I absolutely love amigurumi. I find designing cute characters so much fun, and I love working out how to create the different shapes of animals and designing cute outfits for dolls.
Where’s your favourite place to crochet?
My favourite place is anywhere quiet! I usually sit on the sofa in the living room to crochet, but I keep all my crochet things in a bag so I can move anywhere around the house to find a bit of peace.
Which of your crochet projects are you proudest of?
That’s a tricky one, I think that’s my unicorn. She took so long to perfect and was the first 4-legged creature I designed. I really love how her body shape turned out. And who doesn’t love unicorns?
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced with your crochet?
I think that’s constantly trying to make it perfect. It causes me a lot of stress always trying to get it to be ‘just right’, I regularly have to remind myself that just a little less than perfect will still be great in the end.
What’s the best piece of crochet advice you’ve ever received?
To just finish the project. Sometimes things seem like they’re not going right, and I used to have loads of WIPs without ever finishing them. Usually things do come together in the end, but if it doesn’t turn out great, you’ll have learnt so much along the way and the next project will be that much better for it.
The theme of this month’s box is Peaceful. Where do you feel most at peace when crocheting?
Honestly the physical place doesn’t matter, I find that if I can get into the ‘crochet zone’ the act of crochet itself is so peaceful, just the repetitive movements and putting intention into every stitch.
Do you have any big crochet plans coming up?
Writing loads more patterns. Other crafters making things that I dreamed up is so special to me.
Where can people find out more about you?
@smileycrochetthings on Instagram and Facebook