If you happen to see a girl ingesting a beer whereas crocheting, there’s an excellent probability it’s Susannah Rozak.
Particularly if you happen to’re at Black Forest Brewing Co., which is a brief stroll from Rozak’s home and one in every of her favourite locations to work on her yarn creations.
Every time she walks over for a beer, she brings her bag of yarn and crochet hooks.
“I’m not afraid of going locations on my own,” Rozak says. “Crocheting makes me really feel a bit of extra productive, so I’m not simply observing my cellphone for an hour.”
After studying methods to crochet final 12 months, the 37-year-old began a web-based store known as Susannah Stitches the place she sells her handmade stuffed animals, lots of which she makes into ornaments for the Christmas vacation.
“As quickly as I picked up a crochet hook, I used to be hooked,” Rozak says.
The mother of two younger boys now spends almost 40 hours every week crocheting at dwelling or on the brewery.
“I’m very fidgety usually,” she mentioned. “And with this 12 months has been so aggravating, it’s good to take a seat down and do one thing element oriented. It’s extremely satisfying.”
She makes use of a crochet method known as amigurumi, a Japanese method of crocheting small and stuffed yarn creatures. She turns items of yarn into dragons, unicorns, octopuses, lions, monkeys, hedgehogs and, actually, something she needs to.
She made one resembling a buyer’s canine and a bit of koala on a surfboard. She made a squirrel, as a result of, as she says, “I’m simply distracted, so I’ve at all times associated to squirrels.” And, sure, she’s made pints of beer.
Rozak typically will get concepts searching the home windows of her Black Forest dwelling, the place deer and bunnies and birds come to go to.
“I go searching and I feel, ‘That’s cute, I may make that,’” she says.
Some concepts come to her, actually, in her goals.
“I had a dream about making a giraffe,” she mentioned. “After I awakened within the morning, I mentioned, ‘I’m going to make a giraffe as we speak.’”
It helps that Rozak is an animal lover. She’s taking courses at Pikes Peak Neighborhood Faculty to get her diploma in wildlife biology. At dwelling, her household has dart frogs and simply adopted an 8-month-old Norwegian elk hound named Loki.
With out many craft gala’s to attend this previous 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rozak has relied totally on on-line orders by way of her Fb web page (fb.com/SusannahStitches). Her stuff may also be on sale at Black Forest Brewing Co. on Dec. 19 as a part of the brewpub’s ongoing vacation vendor showcase.
As that day’s vendor highlight, Rozak could have a variety of yarn goodies to promote, together with some holiday-themed ones like little Santas and snowmen and Christmas timber.
It received’t be her first sale on the brewery.
Lately, Rozak crocheted a bit of pink mushroom with white spots whereas ingesting a beer there. As quickly as she completed, one other patron purchased it from her.
“It’s nice,” Rozak says. “That pays for my beer.”