Tea time with Kalea Villanueva

Kalea Villanueva, junior, recently got into crocheting, and has turned that hobby into an online shop. Inspired by social media, Villanueva took up the hobby, and practiced for months until she could make a profit from her work. Read this Tea Time to find out more, and check out her shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/kaleaxcrochet 

  1. When did you start to crochet?
    1. I started in July 2020, so recently. I started because of the trend on TikTok to make the JW Anderson cardigan that Harry Styles wore. I wanted to make that so that’s why I started. 
  2. What do you like most about it?
    1. I like making things for people, I think it’s a lot of fun. I think that it’s pretty cool when you give them the thing you made for them and they get really happy. Making things for people is my favorite part. 
  3. What has been your favorite thing you have made so far?
    1. My favorite thing that I have made is probably some shirts that I have made, I’ve had a lot of fun making those. One specifically that looks like a heart I really enjoyed making. 
  4. What is some advice to people who are beginning to crochet?
    1. I learned off of YouTube, so it’s really easy once you start getting into it. The first part of it is just like a learning curve and then once you like practice a lot you can make a lot of cool stuff, so I would definitely work through the hard part of it first. 
  5. When did you start your shop and how is it going?
    1. I started my shop only about a week ago but I had set most of it up a while ago. I think it’s going pretty well! It’s taught me a lot of things, like how to make sure I’m on top of what I’m trying to do and it keeps me organized.
  6. How do you get inspired to start a new project?
    1. I get inspired to start a new project by seeing the cool things people make online. I follow a lot of accounts for small crochet businesses on things like Instagram and Pinterest. Seeing the stuff that they make always inspires me to make a new project! And sometimes I just think of something that would look super cute or my friend suggests something and it inspires me to start a new project.
  7. Is there anything you really like to make?
    1. I really like to make shirts! There are a ton of different styles to make them in and it is always a lot of fun trying to make those different styles. The end product is probably the best too! I get to see people wearing the things I make and I think that’s really cool.
  8. How do you stay motivated during long projects?
    1. It’s pretty hard (for me at least) to stay motivated during long projects. Even though I am normally better at faster projects, I just try to keep my eye on the end goal for longer projects because I know it will be worth it in the end.

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