Coffee Shop Cynic and the Quest to Crochet

I remember sitting in a park last summer while a friend of mine attempted to show me how to crochet. The movement of my hands while I wrapped the yarn around my fingers and tried to get the crochet hook into the first chain was unnatural and awkward. I just didn’t get it, no matter what I did. Honestly, it probably didn’t help that my friends sat there and mocked me while making suggestive comments about crocheting. Didn’t think crocheting was dirty? Clearly, you’ve never had your friends explain crocheting by saying, “You just stick it right in there. Don’t worry if it falls out, you can just stick it right back in.”

Anyways, tangent aside, I found crocheting extremely difficult and it didn’t take me long to give up. Fast forward six months or so and I decided to try again. “Why?” you ask. I basically decided to try again because I am a child. I’m a cosplayer and was planning some Star Wars cosplays for Emerald City Comic Con (that’s a story for another time) and I wanted to have some crocheted dolls to go with my cosplays. Julia, the same friend who tried to teach me how to crochet crochets amazing nerdy dolls and I desperately wanted to learn how to make all of them.

With this new mindset and determination, I managed to pick up on crocheting quickly this time. I decided to start with a Slytherin scarf and it only took me a couple of weeks to finish the whole thing. After that I had a new goal in mind: a Han Solo doll. Despite the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to finish him in time for the convention, that’s when I fell in love with crochet.

While on the Internet one day, I saw cute nerdy cup cozies and knew I needed one. I added them to my mental list of things to make one day and carried on with my life. That is, until Julia asked me of I wanted to join her at the table she sells her dolls at, at FanExpo Vancouver in November. Automatically, I said yes, because I can always use the extra funds to feed my cosplay habit. Then the panic set in. What could I sell? I debated cosplay accessories for a while (which I will sell one day) but then it hit me: the cup cozies!

Thrilled with the prospect of having a new project, I started crocheting and here I am. I’ll be selling them at FanExpo in a couple months so be sure to come visit. Welcome to my new business!

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