A dear friend of mine introduced me to crochet.  We sat at her kitchen table for HOURS drinking coffee, talking, and laughing hysterically at the fact that I could NOT understand how she made a granny square.  I tried with all my might to copy what she was showing me, and I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it!  My brain was telling me one thing, but my hands were creating a jumbled mess of twisted yarn!  I spent the next several weeks doing my best to crochet a granny square and I just couldn’t do it!  I eventually put my yarn and hook away feeling a bit defeated.

A few years later as I was cleaning out the closet, I found that ball of yarn and my size K hook. I had seen what crochet artists could create with yarn and was absolutely blown away!  I knew if I could comprehend how to crochet, I would eventually be able to create incredible pieces of art with yarn and hook!  Of course, the first thing I did was to reach out to my friend for another lesson. Unfortunately, she was on vacation…and thankfully there was google! I searched for a granny square pattern and printed it out and just like that I was whipping up squares like a mad crocheter!

I should’ve known by my innate nerdiness to all things written that a pattern I could see and touch and read and reread was how I would truly learn to crochet…and crochet anything! If I had a pattern in front of me, I could crochet whatever my heart desired!  Over the last decade or so, I have become proficient in the art, so I don’t always need a pattern to create a piece.

I would crochet little things here and there as I raised my four teenagers. I would crochet while I waited for them in car line, I would crochet while waiting for band practice to be over (which in my opinion, would NEVER end!), I would crochet while waiting for appointments.  Every spare moment I would have hook in hand.  Then a very difficult divorce happened, and my hook was back in a box waiting for me to heal and find joy in the art again.

It was only after being remarried (to the most wonderful man I’ve known) and having our first grandbaby that I reconnected with my hook and yarn! The moment our son and daughter-in-law shared the news, my mind went crazy with ideas of all I wanted to crochet for our first grandbaby!  Six grandbabies later….and one on the way I’m absolutely smitten over every single one of them! 

When I birthed each of my babies I thought I knew the depth of love a human could experience. I was wrong! There is an even deeper love that can not be explained in words.  It’s so fierce and so powerful and it’s that kind of love that caused me to start Hooked by NeeNee.  As I crochet each piece, I pour my heart into what I’m creating. I think about the person who will receive it and I want them to feel like they just received a gift from their grandmother. Everyone is someone’s grandbaby. Someone loves that person fiercely and powerfully. I truly believe that we can make a difference in the world around us through love. And I’m choosing to share love one stitch at a time!