Samscrochet is run by the talented Samira. Her shop contains all sorts of crochet goodies. Scarves and Hats; functional home items such as soap savers and dish scrubbies and cozies for your electronics.
I learned a lot about Samira and her business, and that we live in the same state, it’s a small world on the Etsy Yarn-a-holics team.
* When did you open your Etsy shop?
Samira: I opened my first Etsy shop in February of 2009 (SamsCrochet). I just celebrated my fourth anniversary! I’ve expanded my shop so much that I was able to open another in August of 2011 where I sell all of my health and fitness related items ( HandmadeHealth.etsy.com ).
* Do you come from a crafty family?
Samira: Parts of my family are very crafty. My Mom’s Mom and Sister especially. My grandmother is a quilter. It’s been great living with her recently because she has plenty of craft space for me to share with her. My Aunt was an avid yarn worker. She would knit us (nieces and nephews) a sweater for every birthday. When she passed away a few years ago, I was the only one with any interest in her huge collection of yarn. I picked up my crochet hook with more regularity, and that is the yarn I first used to start my business with.
* When did you become interested in fiber/crochet?
Samira: My Dad’s Mom taught me my first basic stitches of crochet in grade school. My first crochet memories include a trip to the lake where I spent the day creating a chain and first row the length of the dock. It was one of the many crafts I did through high school, but didn’t really expand my stitches and personal technique practice for a few more years. I can count on one hand, I think, the number of days I’ve NOT crocheted in the last 4 years or so.
* What inspires you or your designs?
Samira: I am inspired by my fellow Etsians, shoppers, my Fiance’ and sometimes just seeing something I could create in crochet that isn’t traditionally crochet. When you think of crochet, the first thing most people think of is not yoga related. The first fitness item I made with intent to sell was a sample yoga mat bag for my Mom. These HandmadeHealth items are closest to my heart. Many of the items I have in my SamsCrochet shop have been at the request of shoppers, and fellow Etsians that I trade with. My Fiance’ has begun to see the world in a whole new yarn filled light, and often will come to me with an idea to add to my collection.
* Where else on the web can we find you? Facebook? Twitter? I’d like to know about how customers can see videos of your products online before they purchese, I think that must entice a lot of people, super idea!
Samira: I am all over the internet, but here are a few that are most helpful, and I interact with most. My Fiance has recently added another branch of the “world wide web” to my shop world. He’s creating YouTube videos to showcase my products. We try to do two a week, generally one item/listing from each shop. It’s so cool to see his videos!
* What are some of your interests/hobby’s outside of yarn?
Samira: When I am not attached directly to my hook, I am playing with my nephew. He was born in July of 2011, and since I wasn’t living in the same state at the time, I am super grateful for every minute we have together. He loves digging in my big bag for yarn balls and pointy sticks. He’s now a big brother. I also work two jobs that I love. One in catering, and the other at a UPS Store.
Be sure to check out Samira’s shops and her you tube channel!