Hi! Welcome to my blog!
My name is Maria.
I live in my hometown in Central PA with my wonderful boyfriend and son. I crochet, read, homeschool, and live a simple life one day at a time.
My son is the main reason I really got into crocheting as much as I did. Let’s start from the beginning of how my love for crochet came about..
I have been crocheting since I was eight. My mom showed me how to do a double crochet when I was interested in her crochet projects. She solely used thread at the time and if you crochet, you can imagine how difficult it was for an 8 year old to learn with thread and a tiny crochet hook, let alone a double crochet versus something more simple like a single crochet. (Years and years past, and I actually taught her how to single crochet.)
After I mastered the double crochet, she got me some regular weighted yarn and a hook so I was able to make a blanket. It turned out to be a large trapezoid and the yarn was a combination of red/green. It ultimately looked like a really sad ugly Christmas blanket. But I was eight, and I was dang proud of that!
I would pick up my mom’s projects here and there to be able to get into the soothing rhythm of crochet, but I never started my own projects. Once I got older and remembered how relaxing crochet was to me, I would pick out a few colors in my mom’s stash and just start crocheting – no project in mind.
I really started self-teaching new techniques and stitches through YouTube videos when I was in college and expecting my first child. I played around a lot with different yarns and patterns until I became really confident in my crochet. At the time, my thing was hats. I’ve made so many hats for my son, and ventured onto Etsy to start selling my work. I made pocket change and enough to supply my own yarn, but quickly realized I was selling myself short. If you’re a maker and seller, more power to you! It’s a tough gig to get your items out there and also to find people who appreciate your work for what it is. When orders piled up, I felt more like a machine and not my creative self. I wanted to be able to create and learn more!
So now I’m here – I have created this blog in order to share my own crochet patterns as well as others that I have used to make some of my work. I hope you are able to find inspiration here to create and even design your own items.
Curious about the name? Check out my first blog post here explaining how I came up with Maria’s Blue Crayon.
If you have any questions about my patterns or would like to get in touch with me please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.