jakigu.com is a one-woman project run entirely by me, Jana K Gusich. JaKiGu is an abbreviation of my full name & my creative online alter ego. Hello and welcome!
I like to think of myself as a pretty good crochet designer, a decent photographer, an inconsistent blogger, and a lousy web developer.
My mom always told me that busy hands were happy hands, and my hands have been busy as long as I can remember. I’ve always been a quick learner, often only needing to watch someone at their craft and then figuring it all out on my own through tireless trial and error. Perhaps that’s why – even though I respect them – I don’t let traditions and conventions constrict my designs. Instead, I like experimenting and thinking of of new ways of employing these time-tested ways to create something less than predictable.
Currently, I am passionate about designing modern and functional crochet items, and writing awesomely detailed crochet manuals to help you recreate them at home.
Fun facts about me:
As a child, I never liked chocolate. And then, in my mid thirties, I went through a phase when I could live on it. Currently, my feelings towards chocolate are ambivalent.
My name, Jana, is of Slavic origin and pronounced YA-na. People regularly call me Janna, Jenna, Jenny, Joanna, or – my favorite way to mispronounce my name – Diana. It always makes me smile, so I hardly ever correct anyone.
I believe that just because one could crochet something, it doesn’t mean she should. That goes especially for neon-coloured acrylic blankets and underwear, though the list goes on.
I also believe that “One can never have enough…” is a gateway phrase to hoarding. I prefer to live by the Less is more adage.
I remember life before smart phones and social media, and I miss it tremendously.