Meet Carolina Guzman Benitez | Snuggle and Play Crochet

Carolina Guzman Benitez is the creative force behind contemporary crochet business, One and Two Company. Her new book, Snuggle and Play Crochet, takes two key trends – amigurumi and security blankets or ‘loveys’ – and combines them into one amazing value package.

We recently caught up with Carolina to find out more about her, her loveys and the inspiration behind her crochet patterns.

  1. When did you first get into crochet?

I’ve done crochet since childhood. My mother and grandmother taught me and whenever I had free time I dedicated it to crochet. Later with the studies and my university career, I had to leave it aside for a while, but when my first daughter was born, I had a “peace period” which allowed me to resume my passion for crochet. Since then it has become an essential part of my life.

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  1. Where did you come up with the brilliant idea to make toys with matching loveys?

When I started designing my own crochet patterns, I experimented with various design concepts until I found the place where I felt truly comfortable. The loveys were a creative and original element and born of the need to create some of them for my own daughter. After a while, I realized that my little one was getting older and it was time to think about something new. Then I came up with a blanket and a toy with the same design, so the child could have it from baby until it grew.

  1. Do you have a favourite character from the book?

Oh, it’s very difficult to choose just one, but I think I have a special preference for Theo the Teddy Bear.

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  1. What is your favourite thing to crochet?

I love to crochet amigurumi projects for my daughters and see the stories they create with these characters.

  1. Can you tell us 5 fun facts about yourself?
  • I love to walk barefoot, but I have to put on shoes quickly because otherwise, my daughters would be cold all winter!
  • The first thing I put in my suitcase when I travel with my caravan is my crochet supplies.
  • I love watching horror movies while I crochet, although I do not really see them, I just listen to them… lol
  • I’m the easiest person for my family to buy a gift for… yarns…
  • I’m a big fan of “The Big Bang Theory”. I have seen it so many times that for some episodes, I know all the words!

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Take a sneak peek inside the book by clicking on the cover below.

You can get your hands on your own copy of Snuggle and Play Crochet at sewandSo now. Next on our Crochet Toys Blog hop is Kikalite. View our full blog hop schedule here.

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