Hi there! My name is Tonya. I love to crochet and I have an obsessive need to own all of the yarn in the world! So far I have made only a very small dent but I am on a mission! I live in Kansas and work full time at a rural health care facility. I am a wife, mother and Nana and I spend any free time I can find with my very large family. I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing board games and eating good food.
I have been crocheting now for close to 40 years. I was the eldest of six and my much wished for baby sister didn’t arrive until I was almost 11. She is the youngest in the family with 4 boys sandwiched between us. As you can imagine, I was pretty much surrounded by GI-Joe, He-Man and dinosaurs for most of my childhood.
We lived out in the country on a small farm and there weren’t any neighbors to play with so I spent a lot of my childhood reading books and spending time with our many farm animals.
We had family friends that lived not far away, “Aunt” Dorothy and “Uncle” Bob and they became like another set of grandparents to us kids. Aunt Dorothy was a master crocheter and knitter and I was pretty interested in learning so at the age of 8 I started going over to their house every week to learn. At the time I was the only one she was teaching and I so looked forward to our time together. As you can imagine, with 4 brothers in a small house it was very rarely quiet at home and these quiet one-on-one times with Aunt Dorothy were treasured and I look back on those times fondly.
Every year we would work on a big 4H crochet project together for the Fair and she would help me make Christmas gifts for every member of my family. She was so patient with me especially when she tried to teach me sewing and knitting. Needless to say, knitting and sewing weren’t my favorite things to do at the time!
We moved away from Michigan and came to Kansas when I was just 16 years old and for several years I didn’t crochet at all but when I graduated from high school and moved out of the house I wanted to get back into it and I haven’t looked back.
Through the years I have made many a gift for loved ones but when the grandchildren started arriving that is when the real crocheting began! The kids love watching me crochet and asking if whatever I have in my hand is something being made for them.
I am now teaching my oldest granddaughter, Lauren, to crochet and she is loving it. I am so happy that I get to pass on the love for this craft that a wonderful woman gave me so many years ago. Now I hope, to pass this knowledge and passion for this wonderful craft to many others by beginning this work of love — Nana’s Crafty Home.