Nice to Meet You, I'm kika
Who am I?
Get To Know | Kika
Where I’m based: I live in Helsinki, Finland
Can’t Live Without: My cat Luna, my boyfriend and knitting
what is kutova: It means knitting in Finnish
Where I feel the most inspired: Alone out in nature
Describe yourself in one Word: Bubbly
Secret Talent: Moonwalking 🙂
where it all started...
the toughest decision of my life
I spent a few years feeling overwhelmingly lost and without direction. To make the situation feel even more desperate and seemingly hopeless, I moved away from all my family and friends in Helsinki to Stockholm to be with my then partner. I was living in a new place and felt like I had to start from scratch without knowing who I was.
I spent all my awake time thinking about what I should do with my life and the pressure to make a living and finally become a responsible adult was lurking behind every corner.
I wasn’t in my art school bubble anymore and suddenly the reality of life and being on your own became very real.
I had a lot of time on my hands as I refused to get a “real” job and only had part time jobs that barely paid my bills.
I think this refusal to grow up was: 1) me being stubborn but also 2) I knew that this was a moment where the decisions I made now would potentially determine my whole future.
If I’d gotten a regular 9-5 office job at this point, I might’ve gotten comfortable with that and then I would’ve missed this one opening I had to to pursue my insane and wild dreams.
I figured I had nothing to lose since I was broke and lost to begin with, so I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey without knowing where it would lead.
saved by instagram
As a passionate knitter and long time knit blogger I started to sell my knits and made a website for my new project. I changed the name of my Instagram account to @kutovakika (which means Knitting Kika in Finnish) and started to post pictures of my knits.
I quickly noticed I really enjoyed editing and posting pictures.
Then, in 2017 I discovered that people were making a living only taking photos and posting them on Instagram, and I was fascinated.
People were actually making a living sharing content inspired by their lives, some in really creative and artistic ways, and I was intrigued by the freedom and, to be honest, the seemingly glamorous lives these people called “influencers” were living.
The insanely unrealistic idea that I could ever become an Instagram influencer popped up in my head, and since I’m an overly ambitious person who thrives on challenges, I knew this was what I wanted to pursue.