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From the Heart to the Hands

June 14, 2020

When I was a kid, I learned my hobby was crafting. I never had a specific craft, but my parents allowed me to dabble into a variety of crafts. I played with beads and really got into jewelry making with wires, but then I was introduced to crocheting when I was 8 years old in 1998.

Like many crocheters, I learned to crochet by a family member, my grandma! I learned to dabble into this craft and worked through a wonky scarf where stitches were inconsistent and my edges were wonky. However, I still practiced! As a military family, we lived far away from where the rest of our extended family members lived. So after I learned while visiting my grandma, my mom had to help me learn. My mom bought me books (because YouTube didn’t exist!) and tried to help me figure out the stitches.

I really enjoyed crocheting as a kid, but as I got into high school, I was made fun of for having a craft that was meant for “grandmas”. Naturally, it made me self-conscious and I put my hook and yarn down and didn’t touch them again until I was about 20 years old in 2010. That was because I noticed on social media people were crocheting toys and that’s when I learned about Amigurimi. So, I got right back at it and made my first Amigurumi and it was a cute little ballerina bunny from the book Amigurumi by Lan-anh Bui. It wasn’t the greatest, but it really made me love to crochet again.

Craft is Therapy

Unfortunately, I was going through my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree for Exercise Physiology and working full time with the Air Force and I couldn’t put a lot of love and attention to crochet. By 2014, I went through a traumatic experience and fell into depression after an abusive relationship that ended in divorce. During this time, it was important for me to “find myself” again.

I lived in a small town of Enid, Oklahoma while stationed at Vance Air Force Base and was lucky enough to have a Hobby Lobby 5 minutes away from my home. One day I drove myself there and picked up a bunch of yarn on their 30% off sale and ended up spending every day vigorously working through a blanket. I was literally “hooked”.

Crocheting eventually became my therapy. I learned it was very calming and relaxing and it was perfect for me after everything I had been through.

when your ideas become reality

After getting back into crochet, Paul came into my life. I started to post my projects on social media after moving to Alamogordo, New Mexico. Each time I posted a project, friends and family told me I should start selling my products. I honestly never thought to sell my projects, but Paul convinced me to look into Etsy.

So, I opened up an Etsy and I decided to start a business Instagram in 2017 for CroChic Styles® and found Love Crafts and loved the modern crochet patterns I could find and discovered Paintbox Yarns–which was perfect for me because I love having a variety of solid shade options. I was starting to create tons of projects and I loved being able to access different brands in one spot, especially since the town had nothing to offer!

THE HUSBAND AND WIFE crochet TEAM

I became busy working full time and crocheting while at home. Paul began to realize he needed a hobby. Right around this time, I purchased a name brand hook and became frustrated that I could only crochet with it for about 10 minutes due to my hand cramping.

Paul at the time was interested in wood working and I told him he should make crochet hooks and that people would actually like them. He then started to learn how to make a crochet hook for me and let’s just say it wasn’t very…functional. He eventually got good at it and I asked the famous question–“Can you make this sparkly?”

That’s when Paul looked into resin and that’s when the CroChic full resin ergonomic crochet hook was born! When we realized we had a niche and had a unique hook, we left Etsy and pursued our own website to sell our products.

It was the best decision we ever made and we love that our hobbies work so well together. We can still spend quality time together and still enjoy our hobbies and share the love of crochet with others! It has been an amazing journey and so much fun. We hope one day this can grow into a stand alone shop that isn’t inside of our garage–boy would that be a dream come true!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Charlotte Kidwell June 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    What a wonderful story! I’m so happy that Paul came into your life when he did, and that you two found happiness together! It’s great that a simple request from you to make an ergonomic crochet hook found Paul realizing his desire for a hobby. I can’t wait to receive the crochet hook I ordered and will remember your inspiring story every time I use it!

    • Reply CroChic Styles® June 16, 2020 at 9:38 PM

      Aw thank you! It’s amazing when something like that happens and I am so thankful. We hope you enjoy your new hook!!

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