Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with Christina Ryan from Creative Snugglies and she is introducing us to some of her cute crochet toys for kids.
Christina recently designed a free winter crochet pattern for us. You can check it out right here: Arctic No Nose Snowman Family.
Read on below to find out more about Christina and to see some of her favorite cute crochet toys for kids.
Crochet Designer Feature: Creative Snugglies
Meet Christina Ryan
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
I am a wife, mother of two girls, homeschool mom, blogger, and crochet designer. I have been crocheting for 9 years, with amigurumi the focus for the last 4 years. I shifted my focus from a handmade maker to designing crochet patterns that bring families together. If you enjoy colorful projects and fun, snuggly patterns for kids of all ages as well as homeschooling resources, then you feel right at home with my blog and patterns.
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
I learned to crochet from my friend Maria Santos. I have been crocheting for 9 years.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
Never give up. Always keep trying. Start with simple stitches practicing those over and over again. Then start with simple patterns. I design a lot of patterns with beginners in mind. Most of my patterns are beginner-friendly patterns.
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I am very passionate about my faith and homeschooling my 8 year old. I help out at church. I love helping out in my community. I am tutor for grammar (elementary students) during the school year at our co-op. I love teaching! Teaching is my second love behind crocheting. I love to read different books especially cozy mysteries. I love to bake as well.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
A few years ago, my friend, Rebecca Ann Ivy, who is a local author in Sherwood, AR asked me to create toys that match the characters in her books. So, I started tweaking different patterns. Then I moved to WA with my family. I was selling finished products at markets and craft shows. Then Covid hit and the world just stopped it felt like. I struggled to sell finished items online in 2020. I did realize though that I enjoyed having the family time during the holidays instead of running from one event to the next. So, January of 2021 I decided to start designing all my patterns. In March of 2021, I decided to only design and not sell finished projects.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I have only been designing since January of 2021 – so I am in my first year. You can find my patterns on my blog www.creativesnugglies.com as well as Etsy – Creative Snug Designs and Ravelry. I also trying to get all of them on Ribblr and Lovecrafts.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
My kids inspire me to design. I love children, and enjoy designing different things that would bring joy to them.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I enjoy designing amigurumi the most.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
Stick with it and put in the hard work. It will take time. It’s not an overnight success.
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
This coming year I would love to add a membership to my website for my patterns. I would like to go back to my earlier designs and add a line of products to each one. For instance, Mermaid would have amigurumi, lovey, a blanket, a pillow, hat (maybe), etc. I am still in the planning stages of that. I would love to grow my email list as well as my blog and hopefully get to another ad revenue service. I would like to also grow my Facebook Community and host a Crochet Along once a quarter next year. I also plan to host a blog hop once a quarter next year.
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
Lisa @GreenFoxFarms Designs, Julie @J2CraftworksLLC, Caleb @CraftingatthePoole and Kati @HookedbyKati. These lovely designers and makers and many more inspire me to create my absolute best and to be unique and authentic.
Question: Do you have a favorite yarn you like to use when you are crocheting? What colors and fibers do you gravitate toward when choosing your yarn?
My favorite yarn that I love to use is I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. I also have been enjoying Brava yarn from @WeCrochet as well. I enjoy using variegated yarn because you never know how it is going to come out in the design. I really love working with bright colors.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
You can follow me on Instagram @CreativeSnugglies and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Creative-Snugglies-Designs-104530804870447/
For blog hops and crochet alongs join my Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/440457534004813
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This beach bear makes an excellent project for anytime you would like to go to the beach! Molly the Beach Bear is an intermediate pattern but quick to make! It comes with lots of photo tutorials along the way. It also comes with a few accessories. She has a beautiful dress as well as a necklace, beach ball, and her own beach bucket!Read More
These mama and baby dolphins work up very quickly, and is a beginner friendly pattern. These dolphins are ready to swim right into your project bag. It is a part of my under the sea series I am releasing little at a time this year. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I enjoyed designing the narwhal family.Read More
This gingerbread lovey/security blanket is fun, easy, and quick to make! It is a great pattern for beginners or advanced beginners as it has basic stitches with simple color changes.Read More
Who’s ready for Fall? I know I am getting ready for fall! Fall is one of my favorite times of year. The child size is free on my blog. The PDF upgrade version includes 7 sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, Toddler, Child, and Adult Small.Read More
Meet Isla our Mermaid! She is an ready to go on any adventure with a child! She is sure to delight any little girl who just loves mermaids. My daughter Bella just had to have her the second I finished her! I believe she will bring delight, fun, and adventure to your little girl!Read More
Meet Dr. Inky the Octopus! She is a quick octopus to make! This crochet pattern is also fun to make! She can be made in about half a day to a day depending how fast you crochet.Read More
Enjoy this fun and colorful unicorn lovey. This makes the perfect gift for anyone who LOVES unicorns just like my youngest Bella! The blanket is made using c2c and it is a lot of fun to work up! Anybody who loves unicorns (like my youngest) would love this as a gift. It works up quickly! It is an intermediate pattern.Read More
This unicorn is a fun, bright, and easy pattern to whip up and have in your bag. Any unicorn lover would enjoy this pattern any day of the year - just like my little girl Bella!Read More
These sharks work up very quickly, and is a beginner friendly pattern. These sharks are ready to swim right into your project bag. The small shark pattern is free. This shark design makes the 5th pattern released for my Undersea Collection.Read More
This unique ladybug lovey is a simple half a day project to have inside your project bag. It makes a lovely baby shower gift or a small toy for any little one! It would make a magnificent Easter gift! You can make your own little ladybug! He or she can be personalized however you like. This lovey can be made quickly within a day or less if you are needing a quick gift to make.Read More