Hi, I’m Heidi, and I’m a crafts designer specializing in knitting, crochet and other yarn crafts like latch hook and macramé. In addition to running the Hands Occupied Blog and Pattern Shop, you can find me busy teaching workshops, making videos for various clients, & co-hosting the Very Serious Crafts podcast.
About the Blog
Hands Occupied was launched in 2010 to help motivate me to live a more creative life. 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.
FAQ with Heidi
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 and crochet. They’re my go-to when I want to marathon a whole TV series or audiobook, or if I’m generally looking to get de-stressed. :)
Hands Occupied Studio
3323 W Diversey Ave. #1
Chicago, IL 60647