I was lucky to grow up with a very large, craft minded family. I was given exposure and opportunity to try pretty much every craft under the sun including pottery, corking, rug-hooking, painting and sewing. My earliest memory of crocheting was with my cousin Debbie who taught me to finger crochet when I was 8-years old. I very quickly graduated to a hook, was taught the Granny Square, and have never looked back. When I was 10, I proudly made everyone a crochet pillow for Christmas. In my early teens, thanks to my neighbour Irene, I learned more complicated stitches, to read written patterns and charts and spent a few years making lace doilies and the like, however burnt out on crochet thread after my wedding. I had decided to make guests a scented crochet sac. Unfortunately, we had 150 guests and when I was done, I never wanted to see a small hook again. I spent a few years knitting, making my kids lovely raglan sweaters, but found myself back to exclusively crocheting by the time I was 30. I pretty much always have a hook in my hand and yarn stashed everywhere.
For me, crochet is a lifestyle, therapeutic and relaxing. It has helped me through some pretty tough times in my life and allows me to creatively express myself. I now enjoy making smaller projects such as hats, amigurumi and novelty items and try to complete a blanket a year. I’ve attended countless craft shows and fairs as a vendor selling my creations.
One day while riding public transit, I struck up a conversation with a 10-year old who was enthusiastically watching me crochet. I taught her how to finger crochet right there on the train and got the bug to teach others. I discovered there is a difference between knowing how and being able to teach someone how to crochet. I did some research and discovered the Craft Yarn Council offered crochet instructor courses. So how in my 40's I became a certified CYC crochet instructor. I am a member of The Crochet Guild of America as well I am registered with the TSSA as a Home Hobby/Craft Operator under the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Act. I consider myself a crochet nerd and still crochet pretty much everywhere I go and if I can't bring my yarn, then I don't go.
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