Why crochet?

I was talking to my friend about our growing businesses (she’s a very talented writer) and she asked “Why crochet? Of all the things you have done in the past, why focus on this?”

Throughout the course of our friendship she has seen the trends - custom decoupage keepsake boxes for kids,  the funky and fantastic beaded fringe bracelets that became my go-to gift for awhile and my first fiber hat and scarf sets when I was still using the Knifty Knitter loom.

Why crochet indeed? 

There are many practical reasons to build a handmade business around fiber – it’s easy to store and transport to shows, you can get started without a ton of expensive equipment, projects can be portable and relaxing…but I knew it had to be more.

A couple of years ago I watched a YouTube video on single crochet and followed along.  It felt like I’d been crocheting my entire life.  I don’t know (or care) what crochet is supposed to be (or not be).  I don’t follow the “rules” because I never really learned them. 

I think it’s the improvisational nature of crochet that appeals to me.  I can make the yarn go in any direction and build an infinite variety of fabrics. I love being able to combine yarns into something completely unique.  I just keep at it until it feels right.  Not very efficient, but immensely rewarding. 

Please join me on my journey.  I love getting input from others.  I’m inspired by stories and suggestions.

Why crochet?  Because I can’t not crochet.

Montana Dad
8/19/2012 10:23:03 am

Nice web site and blogs. Never would have dreamed of Fruit Suits but not a bad idea

California Fan
8/20/2012 03:30:56 pm

My son isn't too keen on my sending a "fruit suit" with him to high school, but he doesn't mind if his mom is fashionable. Every time I wear a bracelet or scarf made by this amazing artist, people stop me in the street to admire them more closely. I am a huge fan and can't wait to read more of her blogs!


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    Carmen kwolkoski

    Yarn obsessed Montana native currently living in Colorado.  A lapsed architect, I have a love of color and a knack for intuitive creativity - whether crocheting, cooking or coming up with excuses to not clean the house.