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About Me

I first learned how to crochet when I was 12 years old.  Back then, the ragingly popular colors of the early 1990s for my awesome popcorn blanket were pink, mauve, mulberry, and something between salmon and peach.  STYLIN!  After being solidly ridiculed during my teenage years, I was convinced that crocheting was relegated to amazingly uncool terms such as “granny square” and “afghan” (both of which I was quite good at at one time and covered my college dorm room.  Yes I was that person you really wanted to be friends with).  So, convinced that my crocheting skills would only ever produce potholders and really sad, unwanted baby blankets, I put my hooks away for about oh… fifteen years.

I picked them again three years ago in a desperate attempt to start up a hobby to replace my newly married hours of evening TV watching.  Crocheted hats – stylish, fashionable crocheted hats, shockingly enough – were starting to rage everywhere, and I thought I’d give it a go.  I never thought I’d soon become known as “the hat lady” amongst a crowd where “the hat lady” is not exactly considered a positive term of endearment, but oh well, I’ve embraced it and here I am today, with an entire room and several bookshelves dedicated solely to yarn and now blogging for your enjoyment.

In 2012 my husband started a job with the U.S. Department of State that has us traveling around the world in two year stints.  So, here I am, posting this from Beijing, China, and in a few years (hopefully) blogging from Santiago, Chile.  It’s possible occasional country-related weirdness will be inserted – all about yarn, of course.

About Classy Crochet

Upon moving to Beijing, China in April 2012 after a lifetime spent in the U.S., I found myself with ooodles and OOODLES more time than I ever had in my life.  What had previously been a cute hobby to occupy my spare time became the only thing that helped me through long stretches while looking for work and figuring out a new city (and/or country, whatever).  This blog was started as a way to share all the new things I’ve learned with all of you.  Some how-tos, some free patterns, some for-sale patterns, some yarn-ventures… thank you for stopping by and following along!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to shoot me an email at classycrochet@gmail.com.

For a rambling insight into our traveling lives, check out “our” (read: my husbands’, mostly) blog: foreignpiersons.blogspot.com

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi there! I’m just beginning this blogging endeavor and could use some advice.

    First off, I enjoy looking through your blog. The patterns look quite fun! I have a really rough draft of a blog page right now. I’ve used the “free” package to start!

    My main question is this: when you first started, how did you get readers to find your blog? I put basic tags in like “crochet” “patterns” “crafting” etc…
    I also posted my first blog on my Facebook business page and personal timeline.

    Also, how do you get the “buy now” button? Lastly, how do you get your own pics at top of your main page? I have items in my etsy shop which I would like to feature above (by my title/header).

    I’d truly appreciate any advice you could give!

    Best Regards,
    Sue Mishoe
    Patterns To Pretty

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