Starting Small, Growing Tall

I’ve always loved yarn. My mother and grandmother both taught me how to knit when I was young, and it’s something I turned to in times of stress, procrastination or boredom throughout my entire life. Then, a few years ago, I was working a reception job at a brand-new, slow, physical therapy clinic and needed something to pass the time, so I took it up again. I knit a few hats and started a blanket and then thought to myself, “maybe I should try crocheting instead – seems more versatile and faster.” A few Youtube videos later, I was absolutely hooked.

I crocheted a few things at first, and slowly but surely ended up crocheting daily for at least a few hours a day. All my friends and family started getting handmade crocheted items for their birthdays and Christmas. I started setting deadlines in my head for project due dates and continued to learn new techniques, perfect old ones, and try new things – like sweaters! I also really bonded with my grandmother during this time, a lifelong crocheter and crafter, while her health was declining, and when she passed, she gave me all of her knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn. I really do feel like I inherited the crafting bug from her.

Now, I’m at the point where I literally think about crocheting all the time. While I’m sitting plugging away at spreadsheets in my day job, while I fall asleep at night, while I’m eating my breakfast, what’s going through my head is what projects I’m doing and just thinking about how much I’d rather be crocheting.

One of my goals last year was to start selling at craft fairs and start up an Etsy store – then COVID hit and that obviously didn’t happen. However, my job sent me home to work remotely and it ended up giving me more time to crochet and learn.

Then, in August of last year, my worst nightmare came true – my fiance had an accident on his minibike and ended up with a severe traumatic brain injury – I’m talking a massive subdural hematoma, shattered skull and multiple spinal and skull fractures, fifty percent chance of living through the night severity. During the last half of 2020 crochet became my haven. It was the only thing that would let me focus on something else besides morbidity and keep my hands and thoughts occupied while I took care of him.

Now, my fiance is much better, I have more time on my hands and an even larger passion for crochet, and screw it, I’m going to do this. I want to crochet and design full time. It’s the thing I’m best at and love the most in this entire world. Hence, this website.

With this blog, I plan to:

  • Chronicle whatever projects I’m currently working on
  • Write down my experience trying new crochet techniques and post what I learn from them to assist other makers
  • Publish free versions of my original crochet patterns and post Etsy shop updates
  • Post yarn, hook, and any other crochet-related tool reviews
  • Describe what music, podcasts, audio-books, movies or TV shows I’m consuming as I crochet
  • Collaborate with other makers, designers, and indie or big-name yarn brands and dyers

So if you’re also a maker or designer, a fellow start-up, music lover or are simply interested in this – I invite you to follow me on my journey to fiber bliss!

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