Today, I’m interviewing crochet designer and blogger Nuria Pastor, also known as Bezencilla around the web. Nuria is currently living in the Netherlands but she is originally from Madrid. You can find Nuria online as Bezencilla on Ravelry, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Etsy, and Flickr, as well as on her website, blog, and Ravelry designer page. All images are used with her permission. Nuria has been kind enough to offer a discount in her Ravelry shop for my readers, so continue on for details!
Underground Crafter (UC): How did you learn to crochet?
Nuria: When I was a kid my aunt, Paqui, taught me how to make the “little sticks” – that’s the name she uses for double crochet. She used to sit on her sofa and crochet white tablecloths and beautiful bedspreads for hours and hours.
UC: What inspired you to start designing?
Nuria: A few years ago, during some sleepless nights, I started crocheting little flowers, cases, coasters… any kind of small projects just to relax myself a little bit. By that time some friends and family were expecting babies, and then I started crocheting baby boots and socks with cotton and a 2mm hook! But it was too conventional, classic, boring and a lot of work. All that lead me to design my own projects inspired by animals and toys, that the parents-to-be would love, like the Yellow Submarine Booties, inspired by a couple of friends that love The Beatles.
UC: Tell us about your heritage and the crochet scene in the Netherlands, where you currently live.
Nuria: I grow up very close to my aunt, she has been crocheting since I remember. It was very nice and amusing looking at her making enormous pieces of fabric from a little strand of yarn.
I’m originally from Madrid, learnt English at school and a few years ago moved to Ireland to study. I love their heritage and culture. Then a couple of years back moved to the Netherlands. Currently I’m learning Dutch, and I know it will take me a while. But I belong to this group of crafters, Stitch ‘n Bitch De Pijp. Most of them are Dutch and they are kindly helping me out with the language. Also, I guess the craft scene here is bigger than in Spain, so I’m very happy with it.
Actually, since I joined this group I’m becoming a knitter more than a crocheter. I’m learning a lot and improving my design skills day by day. It’s really encouraging for me. Sharing knowledge, experience, doubts… is absolutely wonderful.
UC: You are multi-craftual. What is your favorite “go to” craft these days?
Nuria: Knitting, definitely.
UC: Tell us about your blog. Why did you decide on blogging in English and Spanish?
Nuria: I love sharing my experiences and creations with everybody; English language is critical for that. Of course, it’s challenging but very important when you are living abroad.
UC: Do you have any tips for aspiring bloggers?
Nuria: Yes, enjoy what you do and be proud of your work; the rest will come slowly, so be patient too ;).
UC: Do you have any favorite Spanish or English language crochet or craft blogs to share?
UC: What’s next for Bezencilla?
Nuria: I’m planning on releasing a few patterns soon: my new Luisa Dancing Booties, an alien and a dog hat, and my first knitting design of two baby booties with handles, rainy boots style.
Thanks for stopping by, Nuria, and sharing your enthusiasm with us! And, for sharing a 15% discount in your Ravelry shop from now until Sunday, October 14, 2012 using coupon code under15.