Hi everyone! I'm Julie. I'm a wife to Josh, the videographer; mom to Ian, the little fish; mom to Natalie, the Fashionista; and mom to Claire, the climber. My job is to take care of these four and I love it! I have been so blessed to be able to do that full time! But, can I be honest with you for a minute? Being a mom and a wife is a hard job. I might not "go to work" every day but you know what? I work just as hard. Taking care of these four takes up a lot of time and energy and it is often an unrewarding job. When is my child going to learn his lesson? When is my laundry going to be caught up? Why can't the bathrooms stay clean for a whole week? It never ends! Can I get an amen? Days are long and nights are short and it often seems like there is no end.
Mothering and wifing (wife-ing not wifi-ing) seem like endless tasks but if you take a step back and look at the big picture you'll see that it's all worth it. For right now though, you might need a little help. Crochet, or any kind of hobby for that matter, can be that help. You need to find a hobby where you can see visible progress on a week to week basis. A project where the end result will give you joy. For me, that was crochet.
I started crocheting when I was just a wee lass. My grandma, who I love and miss dearly, taught me the beginning chain. I would sit down next to her and crochet a chain as she crocheted whatever she was working on. When I was 12 years old my grandmother passed away. It was a few short years after that that I picked up a hook, in her memory, and tried more than a chain. I failed. I tried to make a pillow that turned into a yarn holder tube thingy. I can still picture it very clearly. Well, after that fail, I just gave up. Then, in college, I crossed paths with several people who crocheted and got me interested once again. Of course, I was going to school full time and worked part time and crochet just didn't happen. I finally picked it up once again after my son was born. The rest of my story is history.
Crochet is my hobby -- my therapy and I think there are so many out there that could use a therapy like this. Even if you aren't a stay at home mom, you might go to work every day, but your job is still endless. Crochet can be a help to you too! If you already know how to crochet, I will be posting some new crochet patterns on a regular basis for you to have fun with. If you don't know how to crochet, stick around! I have some video tutorials in the works (and by in the works i mean I have written ideas down on a piece of paper). I want to help women find joy in life - to actually live it an not just survive it, with a hook hand!
Do you crochet? Do you want to learn? I would love to hear your story. Have you worked up one of my patterns? I'd love to see pictures. You can either message me down below or you can find me on Instagram and give me a tag @9603DesignCo. Use the hashtag #9603makers for a chance to be featured. Happy yarning!