Hello! My name is Christa. I am a mother of 4 school age children,
wife, homemaker, and avid crochet enthusiast. Thanks so much for stopping by!
I am a prairie girl at heart. Born in a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada, I spent my elementary years in Jasper Alberta, and my high school years in Vancouver British Columbia. I traveled sporadically around Europe in my 20's. Although "Africa" was never on my bucket list, once I made it to Kenya in 2000, I knew my life was going to change!
Kenya was everything I had been looking for - without me even realizing I had been looking! The people are warm and friendly. The culture is modest and old fashioned. The climate is literally perfect. And don't start me on the beaches! Absolutely world class. In 2001 I moved to Kenya with the intention of staying for one year. I met my husband, got married, and have been here ever since!
In 2016 I rented a tent at a local craft fair to raise awareness and income for a local children's Home.
I had put together a few crochet kits - the yarn, hook, and instructions to complete a project.
Surprisingly, most people asked if I could teach them how to crochet instead of following along with instructions and a kit!
The next day I put out a sign saying "Learn to Crochet!", and had a sign up sheet.
Although quite a few people signed up, I assumed they were just being polite and went about my normal life.
Two weeks later I began receiving phone calls and emails, asking when classes were starting. Assuming it was just going to be the two of us, we picked a Saturday and a local coffee shop, and I sent an email out to the other people who had signed up inviting them to join us.
Much to my surprise, 19 people showed up! It was exciting and flattering, and luckily by the end of class everyone had started to crochet something. From there I branched into 2 classes a week, and would come up with a new project and a pattern for each. After about 6 months my students began picking their own patterns, and class became much more about helping them with their own projects instead of everyone learning the same skill at the same time.
There was one student in particular who couldn't remember what to do once she left class each Saturday. She would return the following Saturday in the exact same spot. To help her continue working on her project during the week, we film the next step for her on my mobile phone. And thus my YouTube channel was born! A 60 second color change in a coffee shop!
Fast forward to today, and "class" has morphed from a group of ladies at a local coffee shop in Nairobi Kenya, to a global community of amazing people who share a passion for creation and a love of yarn!
Uplift. Inspire. Create!