The Crochet Community is so Cozy!

I must proclaim: I love crochet and I love the great big cozy global crochet community.

I’ve been wanting to post about how great the online crochet community is for a while now. Maybe it’s something about crochet that makes people warm and cozy –whatever it is– the crochet community is great.

There are so many wonderful people out there crocheting, blogging about it, posting patterns, posting helpful tips and tutorials, pinning all things crochet. It’s like a giant global family.

A great example of this is Attic24‘s (UK) granny buntings for Yarndale. It was such a beautiful concept. Having people contribute granny buntings (which she designed and posted a detailed pattern for) so she could sew them all together for the event. She got submissions from all over the world! Thousands of buntings poured in!

I really wanted to participate, but by the time I came across the post, it was too late for me to make a submission (I didn’t have enough time to get it done and sent in). But I just adored the concept.

Here are a few of her articles – check out the pictures, it’s all so gorgeous.
Granny bunting for Yarndale
The Yarndale 2013 Granny Bunting

A great big thanks and shout out to Attic24 for putting this together and being such an inspiration.

I also want to take this opportunity to send a shout out to a couple of the crochet gurus who I’ve been benefiting from quite a bit – Bobwilson123 (Australia)- her youtube channels are where I started out, and once I graduated to written patterns I moved on to Repeat Crafter Me (USA), whose patterns I’m currently crocheting and loving.

Check out these super cute Brother & Sister hats I made using techniques I learnt from both of them.



Thank you to the crochet community for being so cozy. Here’s a great big hug to all my fellow crochet-ers around the globe. Feel free to comment with your blogs, tutorials etc. or post about ones that have inspired you.

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New to the Blogosphere and My Crochet-Business First Step

Hello World! Salaam (peace) be upon all of you!

Let me introduce myself – I’m a 20-something (ahem) homemaker who recently found her passion for crochet! I’m from “cold” Canada (Toronto) which is getting hotter every year. Soon we’ll be tropical!

If you’ve read my last post, you know how I “stumbled” upon crochet and fell in love. I love it so much I decided I wanted to do it all the time – what better excuse than to start a business!!

The business “thing” started out as a “hmmm, wouldn’t it be cool if…” idea! Did I really think it was going to happen? Maybe. Did I think it would happen so soon? No! I just started taking small steps and the more I crocheted the more I loved it and the more I knew this is what I wanted to do.

First step: (This doesn’t really seem like it should have been the “logical” very first step but it was mine) – coming up with a business name! I sat day dreaming one day thinking of what the name for my “theoretical” crochet business should be. I came up with a few things, but nothing that really got me excited. I googled suggestions for crochet business names and again, nothing got me really excited. Then, finally, I had an epiphany of sorts – it clicked! “Not Your Granny.” I loved it! It spoke to me! We were meant to be!

I got so excited I started jumping up and down – I told my husband I had found the one! My business name! I checked online to see whether the domain name was free and it was! I told him to buy it right away. Right now. He smiled and told me to sleep on it. If I still felt this strongly about it the next day then he would buy it for me!

I spent the rest of the day, and the next day singing “Not your granny! Not your granny!” and jumping up and down. Finally, the next night, I convinced him that I loved it enough for him to buy the domain – and he did! God bless him.

Then, the pressure was on. I had a name. And a domain. How could I not start this business? I had unconsciously “forced” myself into it… uh oh….

Crochet – A Love Story

Ever felt stuck in a rut? Well, I did. And then I found crochet – we were meant to be. Now I’m hook-ed ;).

I finally found something I love doing. Something that in itself makes me happy. Something I’m good at but that I never thought I would even like. Crochet.

Inspired by my mother– well perhaps I started learning out of curiosity or boredom. But once I started I couldn’t stop. My mother knits, and my mother sews and my mother paints and my mother crochets and my mother does just about everything. And I never thought I could be like my mother. She’s so creative, I would think to myself. Definitely didn’t get those genes.

But, I wanted to learn, at least try to learn. A few years ago I had tried my hand at knitting. I learnt a couple of basic stitches, maybe I knitted a row or two, and that was it. My two youngest sisters took up knitting too. My husband would say, look if they can do it, why can’t you? He would tease me about my lack of “homely” skills.

So, he was away on a trip and I thought – hey, wouldn’t it be cool if I could knit him a scarf. My mother, so very excited at the prospect, took out some beautiful gray yarn she had bought, gave me a pair of knitting needles and started me off. With every new stitch I felt a great sense of accomplishment. I couldn’t believe it! I was doing it! I was knitting!… And then, it dragged on forever! Day after day, week after week I was still knitting one scarf! It took me 3 months! 3 whole months! I didn’t have the patience… I decided to give up.

Then, one day I went to my mother’s home and she was making a scarf. But, her hand was moving fast! That was definitely not knitting! What? I asked: “Crochet” How!? I wondered! And she showed me.

Look at this hook, you hold it like this, you take the yarn, loop it like this, then bring the hook through here, pull through here, go through here, and then through here and there you go. Wow. That looked complicated. But it was fast! I was intrigued. I sat and watched and slowly it made more sense. I could feel the rhythm. She let me take the hook in my hand. Gently guided my awkward movements, assured me that I would get a hold of it through practice and patience. I crocheted a couple of stitches and then passed it back to here. She praised me, undid the stitches, and continued crocheting my niece’s scarf. It’s easier than knitting she assured me.

I was determined to learn. Could it be so difficult that I couldn’t learn it? I mean, I had learnt to knit hadn’t I? – Short lived as that may have been, I had successfully knitted a beautiful basket-weave scarf!

I borrowed a hook, opened my laptop, browsed to youtube and found some videos. I watched and I crocheted. And I fell in love. I was hooked on my hook.


And it was so much faster than knitting! I started making hats, and kept making hats, for my sister, for my niece, for my nephew, for my husband, for myself. I became known in my family for making hats! I even inspired and taught my mom to make hats! (More on the hats in a later post!)

And thus my love story began…