Crochet – A Love Story

This is a story about crochet – a love story if you will. Here I was, at 17 – 6-weeks pregnant and my then partner with orders to the United States. Yep, I was dating an American Soldier. But what you may not know is that up until that point I was out all the time – all hours of the night. No, 16-year-olds don’t always make smart decisions when fending for themselves in a world that feels like it has thrown you to the wolves.

I remembered in 7th grade that I learned the basics of crochet but at 13 that was grandma’ stuff and I didn’t have time for it. And yet, here I was, fascinated with the things one could do with a hook and some yarn. I went out to the store, got supplies and books to help me learn how to crochet – it was pre-internet and pre-camera (so no pictures, sorry!) for me.

Next thing was that I created doilies and placemats which later evolved to afghans and more. I started searching what else I could do, what new stitch I could learn, or a new skill I could add.

crochet - a love story
Tree + Owl Granny Stitch Blanket

And that hobby that kept me off the streets, became a right-down obsession and perhaps even a little bit of addiction to all things yarn (I think I have about 7 or 8 Rubbermaid tubs of yarn right now).  And seriously, there’s something nothing better to binge-watch your favorite TV show and create that handmade gift for a family member or a friend.

My very first personalized gift was a placemat made from filet crochet that had the names of the couple incorporated. I then learned the tunisian stitch and made my son a blanket with dinosaurs (the kid was obsessed with them).

There are times where I don’t touch the hook or yarn for weeks and sometimes months, but every time I come back to it, I remember why I started and what it has given me. It has kept me safe and home at nights where I normally would have been out and about until 2 or 3 in the morning. It has given me life because without it, who knows where I would be.

Crochet Bistro

This is my journey – crochet – a love story that I now get to share with you and it all starts with the Crochet Bistro.

When you sign up, you will get access to the mini-course, where you get to learn how to get started with crochet, the hooks. the yarn and the measurements as well as access to the crochet stitch library.

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Introverted Rebel, author, artist, teacher + coach, doer of things, and a mom to 3 boys – one with some extra needs that have forever changed my life. 

I love all things personal growth, music, art, food, words, and more importantly coffee.

Petra Monaco

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Welcome to my space on the interwebs! I love all things personal growth, music, art, food, words, and more importantly coffee. Hi, I’m Petra. Introverted Rebel, author, artist, teacher + coach, doer of things, and a mom to 3 boys – one with some extra needs that have forever changed my life. And this is our life! 

Grab a cup, get comfortable, and let’s get into some shenanigans, shall we?!

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