Author Interview: Kristen Rask
In addition to being the President of Urban Craft Uprising and running Schmancy (her store in downtown Seattle), Kristen is also an author! She’s going to be at the UCU booth during the summer show to sign her newest crochet kit out. You can buy it at the show or online here.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hmmmm almost 11 year’s ago I opened a shop downtown called Schmancy. It was a dream of mine to open a store for a long time and things kinda fell into my lap and I decided to do it. I was not prepared at all but managed to make it work and I love that little place. I started doing a plush show annually and from that blog I got a book deal. Since then I have just come out with my 8th book and became part of the UCU team. I am grateful every day that I get to do what I do. I love my job, the people that I am able to work with and being able to still make stuff from time to time.
You have so many cute crochet kits out! How do you decide on a theme? What inspired you to choose Peanuts this time?
Honestly, the publisher does that. I suggested the Yummy Crochet one but at first they were not into it at all. It took a year for B&N to come around and I think it’s still one of the best selling one’s! Peanuts was the happiest request as it really reminds me of my dad and who doesn’t want a little part in the Peanuts gang?!?!
How long have you been creating and making crafty things? Since I can remember
You’re a busy lady- how do you juggle your store, running UCU, writing books, etc? How do you keep your motivation?
I think I really get motivated when things are busy. I am pretty good at busy and have found a good pace so that I don’t get too stressed out too often, I remind myself when I am stressed that that’s ok sometimes. I also don’t have kids so I think that makes it a lot easier to manage.
Do you have any other projects coming up that you can tell us about?
This year is pretty mellow which I am really kinda happy about. I just have my normal jobs and work and nothing too crazy or new. This is the first year I haven’t worked on a book in awhile. It’s a really time consuming process so I am happy to just have to focus on my other jobs. I started working for Seattle’s Child Magazine which is another creative outlet I enjoy as it gets me out in the community a bit more. I also did Fremont Sunday Market a few weeks ago and really enjoyed that so I wouldn’t mind doing that again sometime this summer.