Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Brooks.
Erin, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started crocheting back in 2014. I wanted to be able to make my daughter some clothes at the time. It was a hobby I kept up with off and on through the years.
It wasn’t until 2019 that I picked it up full-time again. I found a cute pattern of a Baby Yoda and found interest in creating more. From that Baby Yoda, I went on to crocheting, pokemon, horses, dragons, dolls.
I found my true calling when a friend asked if I could crochet her dog that had passed. This led to more dog and cat commissions.
I still crochet the occasional geek characters every now and then but I’ve honed my focus and passion on recreating other’s pets. It brings me so much joy to give some happiness back to where others may have lost, or just seeing a pet next to their crocheted double!
I feel so blessed to be able to show my children that no matter what, your dreams are worth taking a chance on!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I quit my part-time job as a social media manager at an up-scale restaurant to start my business. It was a scary leap of faith at the time. Not knowing if I could be successful at crocheting plushies. But it turned out the be one of the bravest and best decisions I have done!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am known for crocheting plush animals. I love to recreate people’s dogs and cats and try to make sure I get every detail just right. I am a perfectionist and won’t stand for just so-so work, even if that means restarting a commission to make it perfect.
I also do digital illustrations. I love drawing people’s pets and geek character portraits!
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I had a rough childhood.
My parents were divorced but were also both disabled. I was the caretaker for both of them. My mother had Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, abused her pain medication and was a master manipulator where I was concerned.
My father was legally blind, was diabetic, and had chronic pain from herniated discs in his neck and back, he could also be very controlling and verbally abusive.
I grew into a person who felt obligated to take care of others. When I wasn’t taking care of my parents, I was escaping into the cartoons and toys I loved in the ’80s and ’90s.
Having cats at both households helped me deal with my situation as well.
I wasn’t a very outgoing child. I wanted to stay as close to my family as possible fearing something bad may happen if I wasn’t there to handle it. So when school was overall, I wanted to do was go home. This led to a lack of social life and friends.
As I grew, I started to escape more into art. I loved drawing characters from my favorite shows and imagining I was there.
- Crochet Smooth Coated pet $100
- Crochet Fluffy Coated pet $120
- Pokemon $100-$150
- Other $100-$150
- Email: ErinsGoBragh@gmail.com
- Website: https://facebook.com/Erinsyarnandgeekyart/
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/erinsgobragh
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Erinsgobragh
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Erinsgobragh