Why hello there!
It’s me, your friendly neighbourhood queer guy!
I’ve been crafting since I was a kid. I’m primarily a hooker (the crochet kind, of course), but I dabble in needle felting, painting, and any other creative methods I can get my hands on to try. My mom, who grew up Amish, taught me how to crochet when I was about 8. She gave me a big bag of variegated yarn scraps and set me to work on a granny square blanket, which I worked on off and on over the next several years. When I was a teenager, she taught me how to make the chevron afghan that is her family’s signature pattern. It’s an Amish blanket pattern that has been passed down for generations, so there’s always a bit of nostalgia involved when I make one.
After I finished my first Amish afghan, though, I stopped crocheting. I went to college, then grad school, and in those 6-7 years I only made one more crochet project – a second afghan as a gift for friends who were getting married. After my first experience with grad school (a master’s degree I didn’t finish), I fell into depression and didn’t have the energy or motivation to do much other than drag myself through one day after another. I came out as transgender, which helped some, since I’d been struggling with hiding who I was from everyone around me, but a lack of acceptance and the transphobia of a rural community certainly did not help.
One day when I was out shopping, I spotted some brightly colored yarn, and thought making something with my hands might be fun. I won’t say crocheting cures depression, as it is still something I struggle with, but it definitely helped, and continues to. I learned dozens of new stitches, started making amigurumi and sweaters and bags, and haven’t stopped since. Whenever I feel down, I reach for my crochet hook and a pile of yarn and make something beautiful.
I love bright colors, and they’re always my favorite yarns to use in my work. Amigurumi is my current favorite project – I have a bunch of young cousins who are quite happy to test whatever I make. I also create queer pride themed designs, but queer or not, you’re sure to find something interesting when you check in here. I love variety, so I’ll be crocheting and designing a little bit of everything. If you like what you see, drop by the comments and give me a hello! 🙂