I feel like a newborn who is thinking “Hey, I liked where I was!” But the only real way to fly is to get off the ground, so here goes. First a few words of introduction and since this blog is crochet related I’ll stick to that. I was introduced to crocheting at the age of twelve, after watching my mother crochet all my life and pestering her to teach me. This was before the age of everything-electronic, so there were no distractions that would make me lose interest quickly. Crocheting “took” with me immediately, and after that a hook and ball of thread were my constant companions.
Thanks to my husband, I opened a small needlework shop across the driveway from our country home in 1982 to serve the crocheters in my area. It didn’t take long before the shop was enlarged once and then again (all by my husband), to accommodate more crocheting and the craft supplies I added for the youth groups in our area – school, scouts, and church. I was putting together individual craft kits to make it easier for the leaders of those groups. Then in 1996 we got on the internet, and I realized that many crocheters thought that the only crochet patterns available were the few that they found at the chain stores. But I knew differently! At that time, Leisure Arts had almost 1,000 crochet titles in print, and I had them all. So with my husband’s blessing I set up a small and very basic web site selling all those crochet titles from various publishers that were in my shop. If it looked like a title was about to be discontinued, I bought more stock. And more stock. Then came the Elizabeth Hiddleson acquisition – more about that in another blog.
The walk-in shop was closed back in 2007 after 25 years, but the web site will be here as long as I can fill orders. Nothing gives me more crochet-pleasure than a customer thanking me, saying they thought they would never find “that” pattern again. I think in another life I would have been a reference librarian. Hopefully this blog will add to the fun of your crocheting experiences.