About Me

I first picked up a crochet hook in 2002 purely on a whim. While perusing the isles of Michaels' Arts and Crafts in Pasadena, CA, I became mesmerized by all of the yarn. The colors ... the textures ... the possibilities. I was inspired to be creative. Finding myself in front of the "yarn accessories", I had a decision to make: knit or crochet. Most pattern books had instructions in the back and I thought that I could surely figure it out. Seriously, it came down to economics. A set of 5 crochet hooks were the same price as one or two sets of knitting needles. Since I didn't know what size needles to get, I went for the set of hooks thinking they'd give me more options.

Yep, I learned to crochet from the back of a pattern book. Since no one was around to catch my little mistakes or "had habits", it has taken years to call myself "proficient."But now I get to pass on my crochet wisdom to others.

My New Year's resolution for 2010 was crochet focused. I stopped crocheting by myself in front of the TV and became the organizer of Crochet Connection and crochet instructor at Knit 1, a local yarn store in Chicago. Crochet Connection has now grown to be a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America.

I teach classes and workshops for beginning and intermediate crochet, Tunisian crochet, Broomstick Lace, and Hairpin Lace. Services for a crochet doctor are also available. Please check out the "crochet curriculum" page for more information and the "class schedule" to see a list of available classes going on now that you can join.

Not in south central Nebraska? No problem. I also offer private online via Skype and Google chat. This has been helpful for the self-taught crocheter who has specific things she or he would like to learn or help through a troublesome pattern.

I'm always looking for ways to expand my own skills and challenge myself to the next creative level. My goal is to take every opportunity that comes my way to advance the art of crochet.