Hello and thank you for taking some of your precious time to come to this page to find out a bit about me, the person behind Exquisite Crochet UK.
My name is Miroslava, but most of my friends call me Mirka. Yes, it is pronounced just like meerkat (sigh). I am originally from Slovakia, but settled in the UK in 2005. I am truly blessed to be a mum of two amazing and wonderful children, and a wife to a very patient and loving husband. Above everything, I am a born again Christian.
I work as a scientist in epidemiology by day and design all things crochet in any spare time. This means that even if I don’t crochet in any particular moment, I am surely thinking of some new design, stitch combination, yarn I need to get (because we never have enough yarn), or design submissions. I am equally very lucky to have a hubby who is fully in support of my crochet adventures and even helps me out with some of the stitch math when I find myself losing patience with this aspect of the design process.
“How did it all began?”, you may ask. Many many moons ago in 2015, I was looking for some creative outlet. I have just come out of mentally, financially, physically and spiritually demanding year and needed something to occupy my hands and mind so that I wouldn’t go down the slippery slope of rummaging over the past and feeling sorry for myself. Crochet was truly a God sent gift for me. Similary to many other crocheters, I started with some gifts for others, especially baby hats and mittens following patterns, although I was never really good at following patterns to be perfectly honest. I found myself changing the recommended yarn, stitch count, stitch patterns, or I would take a bit of this pattern and a bit of that pattern, put my own spin on it and voila!
I remember, my first ever blanket I made (granny square blanket- I know, how predictable!) took me months and months. I used to take my yarn and hook everywhere with me. All my fellow commuters on the underground watched my progress and it proved to be a great conversation starter; I would have at least one person a day asking me about what I was doing.
Over time, I would become a serial project starter, wip hoarder and yarnholic (this is inevitable, but may not happen in this order!). I took a short break from crochet after my kids were born but quickly rekindled my passion for crochet short after.
I had some pieces commissioned for friends and customers, I even opened an Etsy store to sell ready-made items, but I quickly discovered that I preferred to make one-off pieces, rather than make the same item over and over again.
This year, I challenged myself to take my crochet to another level and progress from being a casual maker to a designer. I had a few New Year resolutions (these were probably the only ones I ever kept in the history of setting New Year resolutions!); to learn tapestry and Tunisian crochet, to make my own garments and to learn a new stitch every week. So I bought a few crochet stitch books, garment design books, took a few online classes and I regularly search my library craft sections for any crochet books. Most of all, I crochet, crochet, crochet till I can’t crochet anymore in my spare time.
I love to get to know other makers and designers, although I can only do this online; on Instagram and Facebook. Nevertheless, I love the craft community that is currently on both platforms; I met countless very supportive fellow crocheters. I also discovered knit and crochet meetup in my local library recently, and I am dying to join the other ladies when I get some time off.
This brings us to the present. I have some very exciting news coming, I am working behind the scenes tirelessly and will be sharing some of these in upcoming weeks and months. So watch this space!
Thank you, if you made it this far, I hope you got to know me and my colourful crochet world a bit more and already feel like we have something in common!
Please feel free to contact me with any queries about the patterns or just for a chat on the blog either via comment or email. I can’t wait to hear from you!