I was born 35 years ago today. It’s a weird thing to think about, to be that age.
This was a crochet dress that I made myself for my birthday the first year I learned to crochet.
In some ways, I feel like I’ve lived and lived and lived. I’ve attended an intensive college prep high school (where I dropped out but was also prom queen), went to a few different colleges (graduating with a degree in Public Agency Service), gotten certified in massage therapy, attended a little bit of law school and started my Master’s Degree. I’ve been a photographer, traveled around the country in my pickup, run a literary non-profit for prisoners, spent two years as a foster mom, fallen in love and gotten my heart broken, written a few books, finally become comfortable with myself.
This free crochet pattern for an adorable birthday cake comes from @LTBlogged
But in some ways, I still feel so young. Sometimes I still feel almost as insecure as I did when I was a teenager. I can’t really ride a bike, I eat too much colorful candy, I’ve only traveled to a couple other countries and never to Europe, I spend a lot of my time reading books and taking naps. I’m not capturing this very well but sometimes I feel so young … despite the living I’ve done, I occasionally feel like I’ve lived so little.
Easy Makes Me Happy offers the free crochet pattern for these adorable party hats.
But I have. That’s what my 35 looks like. I’m happy most days and know how to take care of myself when I’m not. I have a million plans for my writing career but have settled well enough into it that I can support myself with it in the most expensive city in the country. I feel lucky to have gotten to know my parents as an adult. My siblings are my best friends. My relationship is steady and calm and supportive. I’m doing well. I’m happy to get older, because I get better each year, I think. I become more myself, digging deeper into what’s really there and shedding the flakes on the outside that were crusted on there through earlier years and don’t really belong to me.
Yarn Pixie offers the free crochet pattern for this birthday cake shaped crochet coaster
Happy birthday to me. :)
Free Red Heart crochet pattern for birthday bear toy
Some people have asked me what they can do for my birthday. Here’s what I really want:
- Buy a copy of my book Crochet Saved My Life and give it to someone who needs it. Ask your library to carry a copy of it!
- Make a donation of any size via paypal. (Use email address kathryn.vercillo over on gmail.) Donations will be used to buy special birthday yarn!
- Tell your social media followers to check out my blog, read my books or subscribe to my newsletter!
- Do a blog post about anything that you like here on Crochet Concupiscence. Spread the word!
- Become a Crochet Concupiscence sponsor.
- Teach someone else to crochet. I believe that it’s a gift. I already know how to do it but there are a lot of people who don’t so I’d love it if you’d pay it forward in honor of me!
- Donate a crochet item to the charity of your choosing. Another pay-it-forward birthday option.
crochet cupcakes by flamingpot on Instagram
Of course, just the fact that you’ve read this post makes me happy. As I write this, my birthday is a few days away and I’m not sure what I’m going to do to celebrate. It will be low-key. It might involve a few people I love or a walk with a puppy or a day devoted to crochet and creativity. I will take the time to honor the people who have helped me get this far in my life and to set some goals for what I’d like to do in the next year. Thank you to each and every one of you who visit my site and help support what I do here by reading my words. Big birthday hugs to each one of you.