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Me & my family.

I am a stay at home mom with an incredible husband, 4 beautiful step-daughters, an amazing little boy, and yep – even a grandma to two lovely grand-daughters!

I am also a work at home mom. I teach crochet beginners this amazing skill.  You can find tons of free resources right here on the website and if you are looking for something that will give you a step-by-step path to learning crochet, you should check out my online school – The Crochet Academy.

But that’s not all, I’m also the owner and operator of Itchin’ for some Stitchin’s shop,  where I sell videos, guides, and patterns geared toward beginners.

Over 10 years ago I joined the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my church, where I learned how to knit and crochet.  Since then you won’t find me without a bag of yarn and hook or needles in hand!  A year later my husband bought me the king of all sewing machines, a Husqvarna Designer Diamond Royale, and my love of sewing was born.

Thus, I am mainly a crocheter, you will find some knitting and sewing resources on this website as well.

I am a self-educated stitcher.   I do occasionally get tips from my grandmother, who knits & crochets, or advice from my mom, who is an avid seamstress.  But for the most part, I have taught myself each needle craft through books and hunting the great & powerful internet.  I have found TONS of resources all over the place, but few resources all in one place that would help me grow from a stitching starter to an experienced stitcher.  So I decided to do it myself.

That’s how this blog got started, folks.  I decided to put everything I know, have learned, and will learn about crochet, knitting, and sewing in this blog so it will be the #1 ultimate guide for learning these fabulous crafts.

This blog is designed to take you from a stitching newbie to a stitching expert!

Not an expert in the sense that you are the end-all, be-all, or know-it-all of stitching.  But an expert in the sense that you have the skills and confidence to become known for your mastery of the craft and your beautiful stitch work.  I can be a stitching expert.  So can you!

What are you waiting for?

Join me on this adventure and let’s become experts together. 🙂

Happy Crocheting!