About Me

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 I am a wife, mother, Nana of 10 amazing grandchildren and mom to 2 fur babies.  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 over 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 and 4H 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 since.

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 granddaughters to crochet and they love 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.  Thank you so much for being here and sharing this journey with me!

The idea of Nana’s Crafty Home started in the spring of 2017.  I had never previously designed a crochet pattern on my own but I had many designs living in my head that I wanted to share with others.  Nanascraftyhome.com went live with my first design the Retro Duster Vest on August 5, 2017.  

Since then I have shared over 240 (!) designs for wearables, accessories, home decor, blankets and so much more!  My love for crochet and for designing has only grown through these years.  And I know I have so many more designs to share!

In June of 2021, our sweet 6 year old granddaughter Julianna “Nina” was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Nina had become a big part of my business over the years by modeling my designs and just being her sweet self. We were heartbroken and I shared our journey with her over the next several months with my readers. So many people around the world were praying for her and our family. She passed away on December 8, 2021 but she left a big legacy of love, sacrifice and selflessness. Photos of our sweet girl are still here and it makes me happy to see her if I am wandering through my blog. 

Sometimes living a “public” life can be difficult and sharing a private crisis can be daunting and difficult. I am so glad I shared this story with all of my readers. It helped so much to have a way to share her with others in a special way. I certainly did not anticipate how my crochet community would rally and support. I am so grateful for all of you! It was an extremely difficult time but made easier by the love and support shown by so many.

Design Features

My Autumn Rhapsody Blanket was featured on the front page of the Autumn 2021 Annie’s Crochet! Magazine. This led to many additional collaborations with Annie’s including lunch and learn Live Facebook videos as well as several of my patterns being included in different Annie’s pattern books!

Autumn crochet magazine patterns

Before the internet days (when dinosaurs still roamed the earth!) the only way to get new crochet patterns was through purchasing magazines or pattern books. The arrival of the Annie’s Attic newsletter each month was a big part of my childhood. Aunt Dorothy would save each issue and we would spend hours poring over each one looking for our next project(s). Sadly, Aunt Dorothy passed away shortly before my Autumn Rhapsody Blanket was featured on the front cover of the Annie’s magazine. She would have been so excited to see it! 

I love sharing and teaching and I have been a featured designer for Happily Hooked Magazine providing them with a complete corner to corner crochet video course.

I have also been included as a featured crochet designer in the  Knitcrate Subscription box.

My designs have been featured many times in the Hooking on Hump Day/Loop Scoop hosted by Moogly and Petals to Picot as well!

You can check out some of my most popular designs (so far!) below:

Gnome Towel Topper – this little guy went viral and has been a very popular gift and craft show item!

Gnome Towel Topper Free Crochet Pattern

The Autumn Rhapsody Blanket – this stitch sampler style blanket has been made in so many color combinations and is beloved by makers worldwide!

Autumn Rhapsody Blanket CAL Announcement free crochet pattern

The Many Wonders Ruana is my most popular wearable design – the complete video tutorial has 170,000+ views on my YouTube channel!

Many Wonders Ruana Wrap free crochet pattern

My most popular tutorials on Youtube include my C2C Basics for Beginners Tutorial, the DC All Day Triangle Scarf (perfect for beginners in all double crochet stitches!), and my Granny Rectangle tutorial.

I hope you will find inspiration from my designs and gain confidence in your crochet skills as we work to beautify our lives and homes!

Tonya 💕🌸

Stained Glass Dragon Scales Bandana Cowl free crochet pattern