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Ames, IA, United States

Quick Blurb

My mom called my work “Kristin Roach Originals” when I was a kid. I've been signing my work “Kro” (say “crow”) ever since.


painting, drawing, knitting, crochet, and general romping around outside.

Skills and Techniques

Illustration; oil and acrylic painting; pattern writing for knitting, crochet, sewing, and random fun crafty time projects; freelance writing; and community organizing.

Get to Know

I am driven to create, but not to create more waste. I was buying supplies to make things, in the hope of making things, and ending with remnants that were either further horded or simply tossed. I wanted to keep myself accountable to using up the leftovers and to encourage others to do the same. Developing projects, patterns, and tutorials with the main focus being on using up those leftover craft supplies turned into my lifestyle. Still there was too much. Re-purposing it into kits allowed me to share and inspire using what was just taking up space, helping others to look to their leftovers once they saw what could be done with them. From the studio to the kitchen I always make a point to look what is on hand first before running to the store.