Guest blogger series | Living the crochet life

by contributor on 18/10/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, knitting+crochet+yarn

Maya Kuzman is the creative mind behind Little Treasures, she is elbow deep in craft projects, mostly crochet lately, although she loves to jump into other fulfilling crafty activities to satisfy the everlasting urge to capture the beauty in the nature and the world and bring it home.

Currently, I am having an exciting, inspiring and rewarding crochet lifestyle and I love every single minute of it! So when lovely Kathreen invited me to guest a post I knew right away it is going to be crochet as the main topic.

I grew up in a family where traditions were deeply rooted and respected and handwork was highly appreciated and praised. Both my grandmothers were proficient in what I like to call handmade art – one was a professional seamstress, the other masterful crocheter and knitter. I readily accepted the love they shared for sewing and crocheting and started paving the way of my handmade life.

When it comes to crochet I think of it as the means for beautifying my home, clothes and most of all as a tool to create wonderful, eye-catching accessories through which I strive to express my love for the beautiful world, to show the rainbow of my soul and the whims of my imagination.

Having been surrounded by wonderful crochet creations that leapt into life through the magical hands of my grandmother I became deeply entranced by the world that could be created with the simple ‘twist and turn’ dance of the yarn with the hook. And I was truly hooked. To be honest I find it quite rewarding. Thus for example, when I get tired of (the plainness) my clothes I settle this by adding a crochet detail or a trim and voila! My garments shine with a new sparkle.

Then I plunge into creating amazing, eye-catching accessories. The palette can be immensely varied:  headbands and lariats, scarves and chokers, necklaces and rings; or if I happen to come across old bangles I give them a facelift immediately. These make my style unique, distinctive and sometimes whimsical.

For me crocheting is not simply a hobby or a recreational activity. It is the tool for preserving tradition, making my own clothes and accessories, embellishing my home. It also contributes to my pledge to live an environmentally conscious life. The yarn I use is mostly organic and when something loses its attractiveness or I just get bored with it I can unstitch it and re-use the yarn to make another lovely thing. In a word – it makes my world richer and more meaningful.


I do hope you get inspired by the boards I’ve prepared for you and crochet yourself a fine stitch.

Here are some tickles for you:

  • If you want to make a necklace yourself with some crocheted beads – I have a tute for that here
  • How about a sweet home project? Here is a free pattern for a blanket you would certainly love to make!
  • Or a rug maybe?
  • You can surprise your kids with wonderful crochet toys. You can make a pony, a dragon, or an octopus.

Thank you whipup.net for letting me be part of your fabulous guest series!!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 By Night October 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

Dear Maya, have I ever told you that when you speak about crochet, it’s is poetry ;-)

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2 Maya October 18, 2011 at 8:25 am

Thank you Kathreen for the amazing opportunity and Nat for her wonderful, warm and kind words!

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3 Jodi Anderson October 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

This is such a lovely article and your creations are a delight. I crochet as well so I’m especially thrilled by this read.

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4 Lisa October 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

Wonderful! I don’t crochet (nor do I need another hobby!) but I would totally wear that crocheted necklace!

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5 Maya October 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Thank you ladies for the sweet comments!

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