Everyday Crochet: Crochet As Home Décor

Ilaria Chiaratti Bonomi, an Italian by birth, lives in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with her husband, Alberto, their dog, Kora, and their kitty, Penny Lane, in a home she calls The Happy House, an abode filled with crochet home décor. A freelance photographer, interior-design stylist, and crocheter, Ilaria has filled her life with creative activity. It’s work […]

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Everyday Crochet: Crafting for Others

Helen Wyatt learned to crochet when she was about eight years old. Her teacher was her paternal grandmother, whom she calls an “amazing lady.” “Grandma was fiercely intelligent and remained so right to the end—reading the newspaper, keeping herself informed, and completing challenging crossword puzzles,” Helen says. “Every year until the age of ninety she […]

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Crochet Art: Painting with Yarn

It was thanks to a girl that Pat Ahern learned both knitting and crochet. He wanted to impress someone he had a crush on by giving her a handmade item, so he asked his mom to teach him. He didn’t get the girl, but he did fall in love with needlework. It wasn’t an easy […]

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Alisa Erkes lives with a rare autoimmune disease called Behcet’s disease. Because her symptoms prevent her from working a traditional nine-to-five job, she turned to crochet to stay productive. After a time, she found that she could sell her afghans on Etsy. Not only that, but crochet helps her heal. LEARNING TO CROCHET Alisa taught […]

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AFFIRMATION: the word can conjure images of a fake-it-till-you-make-it smile said into the mirror as you try to convince yourself that your negative self-talk isn’t true. Affirmations can feel cheesy or false or even like a spiritual shortcut. And yet, they work. Somewhere along the way, they morph from awkwardness into soothing practice. Incorporating affirmations […]

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Katherine Dempsey is an everyday crocheter who particularly loves the Interweave Crochet Accessories special issues. An avid crafter who crochets daily, she taught herself to crochet in 2011. She recently started selling her work at local craft fairs and through her Etsy shop, A Danish Heart. After the Fall Katherine worked for more than twelve […]

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Crocheting for Solace

Kathie Helm is a crochet lover based in New York City who learned the craft from her great-grandmother. Crochet has seen her through some tough times, including her parents’ battles with cancer and living through Superstorm Sandy. She crochets every day because it’s an easy way to stay relaxed and do something she really loves […]

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Everyday Crochet: Charity Goals

Sabrina Benton learned how to crochet from her mother when she was eight years old. A market research analyst based in Arizona, Sabrina loves to craft for others. She also uses her lifelong love of crochet to give back to others by raising money for charity through sales of her crochet projects. It began as […]

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Healing Through Crochet

Vicki Sulfaro learned to crochet when she was a young girl, with the help of an inspiring teacher. After a car accident in Jun 2000 left her with spinal injuries and chronic pain, she was afraid she would never be able to crochet again. As it turns out, crocheting to heal became a significant part […]

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About a decade ago, Llyn McClure suffered a serious fall that resulted in post-concussion syndrome (PCS), which has a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. She almost had to drop out of massage school but found that crocheting helped her stay calm and focused enough to get through her classes. Years later, when subsequent issues […]

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