Hohana Flora Domanais (Marihohana) is a crocheter in the Philippines who recently shared her beautiful crochet mandala art installation with me. She mentioned that crochet had also saved her from depression and we continued to communicate so she could share her story.
I have recently had the opportunity to see some samples of Knit Wall Murals by Murals Wallpaper. Although the designs aren’t specifically crochet, they are definitely for all yarn lovers. This wallpaper would add the perfect cozy touch to any craft studio and of course also works well in other areas of the home.
Kim Mack is a 56-year-old wife, mother of five and grandmother of 6 with many step-grandchildren in the family too. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2002. She sells crochet items through her Etsy store, LoveUnspokenCrochet, including her most popular item: Kufi hats. Crochet helps her living with MS, which she shares more about in this interview.
I was particularly thrilled to see the interview with Nadia Fuad of YARNutopia who shared how crochet helped her cope with illness.
I’ve been doing research into crochet around the world, seeking to highlight the work of crafters whose backgrounds / beliefs may cause them to be impacted by recent political issues in the United States. Pour ce faire, I came across this sweet HuffPo story from back in 2015.
As an undocumented immigrant in the United States Jose Luis Zelaya did not qualify for funding for higher education so he had to find a way to put himself through college. Crochet a aidé. He started making and selling affordable crochet accessories, particularly hats called DREAMbeanies, to raise funds to support himself. He’s really been successful in his education and is now working hard to encourage education as a path for others.
Jeminah Johnson makes crochet items including African hijab dolls that are in line with Muslim teachings.