I am a retired nurse and I spend my time crocheting, playing with beads, paint, paper, and decoupage medium, and taking care of my seven chickens, two dogs and a cat. I’ve been married for 30+ years and have two grown children and one grandson. I love going to my church, singing in the choir and attending Bible study. We enjoy taking road trips and going to baseball games. I am very involved in crochet/knitting groups in town, and in the past, I organized a fibromyalgia social group as well as a cribbage group. I volunteer with the Girl Scouts and help out with my local yarn store, The Yarn Store at Nob Hill in Albuquerque, NM, where I teach a number of classes.
In addition to teaching classes at The Yarn Store, I host crochet-a-longs where everyone gets together to crochet the same project. It is a great opportunity for them to learn a new technique and broaden their skills without sitting through a class. I am also teaching crochet classes at Michael’s stores as well as privately to individuals. I enjoying designing my own patterns then sharing them with my students.
Even though I learned crochet as a child from my grandmother, I began crocheting in earnest several years ago to help deal with fibromyalgia pain. I found that the meditative stitching took my mind off it. If you are interested, I’ve heard wonderful reviews about “Crochet Saved My Life” by Kathryn Vercillo (and I don’t receive any compensation for mentioning it). You can read more about it here: http://www.crochetsavedmylife.com/ .
In 2018, I’m proud to say that I completed two certifications:
Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques, from the Crochet Guild of America
Certified Crochet Instructor, from the Craft Yarn Council
Besides crochet, I really enjoy working with beads. I started out just stringing them, then I learned some bead weaving and taught myself Kumihimo, the Japanese art of braiding. My jewelry making classes are fun and well-liked — in a four hour class, a student will learn techniques then make a project to take home. They leave with enough skill to make their own jewelry later.
Of all the things I’ve created over the years, nothing can compare to these two!