Hi, I’m Heidi. Hands Occupied was launched in 2010 to help motivate me to knit and craft more. Begun as a personal project, Hands Occupied has grown and evolved over time from a general-interest craft website to a hub of resources for learning to knit, crochet and make other yarn crafts. You can also keep up with my latest designs and knit alongs, plus find inspiration for your next project. Whether it’s a first time knitting project or how to knit a sweater from start to finish, Hands Occupied is here to help you make it a reality.
FAQ with Heidi
What do you do?
For many years, I was a Librarian working with teens in addition to being a knit designer. In the fall of 2016, after much consideration, I left the library to design full time.
How do you pronounce your last name, Gustad?
Gus and Ted are two best friends. One day they realized their undying love for each other and got married. Gus + Ted = Gustad (GUS-tehd).
Why Hands Occupied?
I’m an anxious person, and keeping my hands busy helps me feel constantly productive. Focusing on a meditative, repetitive action like knitting, crochet or weaving helps you reach a special state of mind called flow that research has shown to be really good for you!
Do you ever craft without yarn?
My craft interests vary widely, and I think learning new crafts and techniques is really fun! When forced to pick one fave, I always go with knitting. It’s my go-to when I want to marathon a whole TV series, audiobook or get de-stressed. Or most of the time, really.