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The Story of Crochet Aweigh

Hello fellow crochet enthusiasts! Welcome to my blog where I will be sharing a myriad of different yarn content! But first I want to introduce myself. My name is Emily and I am 28 years old. I grew up in a little, charming town called Mount Dora, located in sunny central Florida. While I’ve always loved crochet, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I could make a living doing crochet. When I graduated high school I immediately began my higher education at Seminole State College, not far from where my family and I lived. Still wanting to pursue a creative career of some kind, I announced my major as interior design, and walked out three and a half years later with my degree. I started working in that field while still in college, and still have a full time job in that industry. I currently work at a custom cabinet company that helps people have more storage space in their homes.

Now I am married (more about that in the next post) to a wonderful man named Sam. We have 6 pets: a German Shepherd mix named Oliver, and five cats named Myla, Brisket, Puffin, Ivy, and Sugar. When the opportunity arose we moved back to my hometown, and into my childhood home! It’s kinda strange living in the same house that you grew up in after not living there in so long, but we love it. With my interior design background I simply adore a good house. Some of the blog posts may cross over into my love for interiors, we shall see. This home is the perfect place for us to stay for a long time.

That brings me to how I actually learned to crochet. My mother was the one who built this house before she met my dad. She built it right next door to her parents and her grandparents. Therefore I grew up surrounded by this amazing nuclear family. My mom’s mom, my grandma, was the one who taught me to crochet. One day when I was eight she sat me down and told me she was going to teach me, and we were going to make my mom a pillow for Christmas. I don’t really remember much of making this pillow, but my mom still has it, bless her heart! Unfortunately we didn’t do very many other crochet lessons before my grandma passed away from ovarian cancer. Even though I didn’t have a chance to learn very much crochet from her, I still credit her with the one who lit the spark that I never would have discovered otherwise.

Without my grandma there to continue teaching and encouraging me I would simply dabble with the craft. I would pick up a project here or there once in a while, but would hardly ever finish anything. When I was a senior in high school I decided to pick it up again, but with more determination. By then YouTube had become a big thing. I was able to learn new stitches at will, and I taught myself to read patterns. I started making tops, bags, hats, baby shower items for my friends and family, all sorts of things. College got in the way of my hobby for a few years as I was very busy juggling classes and two jobs. I taught crochet classes at my local Joann for a few months before school took all of my additional time. Once I graduated from college it was game on for crochet! It is amazing how much extra time one has for enjoying their life if it isn’t taken up by homework, studying, or large AutoCAD projects!

A few years later it was 2020 and The Guy With The Hook released his Spice Market Blanket pattern. This was the most spectacular blanket I had ever seen up to that point, and is still one of my favorites. I knew I had to try it, even though it was vastly outside of my skill range. I went to Joann, bought all the Red Heart Super Saver colors I needed, and got to work. What I didn’t expect was the ADDICTION! I worked on this blanket every single night for four months straight. It became my entire personality. Every night I would come home from work, eat “girl dinner”, prop myself up in bed, put on Star Wars The Clone Wars series (which I had never seen before, a wholly new addiction began), and work on this blanket until it was bedtime. I was hooked, quite literally. That blanket taught me so much! It has the tapestry technique, mosaic crochet, overlay crochet, constant color changes, and so many different kinds of stitches. Once finished with that I knew that no crochet pattern would ever beat me again. Maybe that’s a little big-headed of me seeing as there are plenty of difficult patterns out there, but it is this confidence in my craft that keeps me going to this day.

Once I conquered the Spice Market Blanket I discovered pattern testing. I had created an Instagram account specifically to share my finished objects, and I began exploring the online crochet community that I didn’t even know existed! Up to this point I thought you had to buy patterns from magazines in craft stores, or find them free on blogs. A whole new world opened up! I saw designers putting out these things called tester calls, and was intrigued. The first pattern test I ever did was for the Cherry Blossom Peplum Top for Anastasia of Journey Chanel Designs. I was over the moon to have been chosen to test her design. She was so gracious to choose me especially since I had no testing experience whatsoever at that point. Working with the other testers we were able to work out any kinks or typos in the pattern, and Anastasia released the design to the world. What a fulfilling feeling! I was so happy to be helping other people release their designs, but there was simply no way that I could do what they do! To design patterns seemed like an insurmountable feat, but slowly and surely as I gained confidence with others’ patterns, seeing how other designers write, I started to want to create my own.

A few more years went by and my desire to begin designing was at an all time high! Then a huge opportunity arose. Sam and I got engaged! I knew from when I was little that I wanted to make my wedding dress. This was the perfect way to bridge into the design world. I had no idea where to start with my dress, but I found another dress pattern that I really liked. I HEAVILY modified this pattern to come up with something that was perfect for me. I understand that modifying another pattern does not make it my design, which is why I used the word bridge. It was just what I needed to make in order to take my crochet to that next level. Stay tuned for the next blog post where I go into detail about the wedding dress and other things I crocheted for our wedding.

Now that I am officially launched into the world of crochet design, I am more excited than ever! Currently the biggest inspiration for my pattern designs is Taylor Swift. I’ve been a swiftie ever since she got started, and with her vast portfolio there is plenty of inspiration there! Right now I’m going to focus on bringing patterns to the world that both swifties, and non-swifties alike, can make and enjoy. I’m looking forward to growing this business BIG, and eventually plan to go full-time in the crochet design industry. Thank you for beginning this journey with me! I can’t wait to see what you create <3 Now enough about me! Comment below and tell me a little about you so we can be friends!

2 thoughts on “The Story of Crochet Aweigh”

  1. What a fun story! So much inspiration, and so many beautiful projects! So excited for you as you start this new adventure! Do you draw any inspiration from interior design when choosing patterns to work?

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