Hello, my fellow crochet addicts! I guess you might want to know a little bit about who is writing all these posts on Cute & Cozy Crochet, huh? Well, my name is Mary. I’m from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and love the forest and pine trees. I am the most at home when I am Up North in the Boundary Waters. My Great Grandfather bought land up there, and my family still goes every year. Bring me to the lake where there are beautiful sunsets and more stars than you thought were possible, and I am home.
I am also obsessed with music. Seriously, I’m a geek about it. My favorite types of music are 60s and 70s pop and rock ‘n roll, blues, jazz, classical, and opera. I majored in vocal performance and was very determined to become an opera singer, but decided that getting married and having babies was more my cup of tea. I sing traditional hymns to my little girls all the time. When I’m not singing to them, they are singing to themselves. If no one is singing, I notice and turn on the radio and we dance. Needless to say, music is a big deal in our home.
I absolutely love to travel and have been to Canada, France, Spain, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, England, and Ireland. I have also climbed trees in 5 of those countries. I would love to visit Austria some day, climb a tree, and see the place where Mozart grew up. I also want to see where The Sound of Music took place, because that may be the best movie ever! Julie Andrews is one of my favorite people. Just listen to this beautiful singing! I’m pretty certain you’ll add her to your “List of Favorite People,” too.
I grew up in the Red River Valley of the North in Minnesota. My mom was a stay at home mom and my dad is a Lutheran pastor, as well as 8 of my brothers. Wait…did I just say 8 brothers? You betcha! But, didn’t you notice that I actually said, “8 of my brothers.” Yep, that’s right! I don’t have just 8 brothers, people. I have 11 brothers. (Uffda!) And yes, I am the only girl. But no, I am not the youngest. I have 9 older brothers and 2 younger. Let’s just say that my mom and dad are amazing for raising 12 kids, and I admire them greatly. Here is a picture of the whole gang:
Crazy, huh? Sometimes I am surprised myself! We’re all very close and have lots of fun together. 11 of us are married and my parents have over 45 grandchildren! We have been blessed greatly!
I met my husband, William, in college. He was a history major and I was a vocal performance major. We met in choir and fell in love very quickly. I had never met a man who was so patient, kind, thoughtful, moral, and loving. (There are so many more wonderful adjectives I could use to describe him, but I’m sure you’d all quit reading, so I’ll stop.) He has pushed me to do what I love and encourages me every day in all of my vocations. He is my prince charming.
William proposed to me a year after we started dating, and we were married 8 months later. I wore my mom’s wedding dress. It didn’t have lace on it originally, but she cut out a Chantilly lace covering and sewed it on, because I always wanted a lace dress. It was so pretty! My mom is so crafty. She was the first one to encourage me with my crafts and was so happy to hear that I had started to crochet.
My maid of honor made my veil. She sewed the beautiful border on and finished it the morning of my wedding. It was exactly what I wanted and made me feel so beautiful!
One year after William and I got married, I gave birth to our first born, Louisa. She is a spunky 3 year old now and is almost my clone. I love how self-assured and loving she is. She loves “reading” and being read to more than anything else and tends to sing the stories. I’m one proud mama!
18 1/2 months after Louisa was born, we welcomed our beautiful Elizabeth/Lizzy/Lizzybear into the world. She is a snuggle bug with beautiful eyes and a goofy personality. She loves singing and dancing to 60s music. Total goof! Her laugh and smile light up the room. She looks so much like her daddy and I love that so much!
19 1/2 months after sweet Elizabeth entered our lives, we welcomed our 3rd little girl, Heidi. She is so beautiful and super chunky (so different from our other two). We love her to pieces and look forward to getting to know her more and more.
Now, let’s get on with the story of why I started crocheting…
Louisa was born in the summer of 2014. I was overjoyed to have a daughter! As the only girl born into a family of 11 boys, I desperately wanted a baby girl. But more than anything, I wanted to stay home with my baby. After my short 6 week maternity leave, I had to go back to work and it hurt so much, I could hardly stand it. My husband, William, had yet to find a full time job, so I was the main source of income, as well as health insurance and other benefits.
By the time Louisa was 4 months old, William had found a job, so I quit mine immediately and did what I always dreamed of: I became a stay-at-home mom! It was one of the best days of my life. I had worked a half day and came home at lunch. I saw how happy my baby girl was. I don’t think I stopped smiling for a whole month. It was amazing!
The only issue was that William was making a significant amount less than what we were used to. Christmas was approaching, and we needed to figure out how on earth we were going to be able to give gifts. I remember my mom teaching me how to knit when I was a little girl, but I never could get the gauge right. (Maybe someday!) Then I was reminded that my mom’s mom was a big time crocheter. I still have the pretty granny square blanket she made me when I was born. I decided that I would give it a try. It came so much quicker and easier than knitting for me! I became a crochet addict almost immediately.
The first things I made were infinity scarves and hats. I had a lot of trial and error, because I am entirely self-taught. Youtube is the best, guys! Seriously, I love that site. I learned all the basic stitches from Youtube. You should definitely check out my Youtube Channel if you’re new to crocheting or just want to learn some cute new stitches!
What to expect with Cute & Cozy Crochet
Cute & Cozy Crochet is dedicated to supplying free crochet patterns that are inspired by all things cute and cozy! I love snuggling up with a soft crocheted blanket or bundling my girls up in their homemade hats and scarves. Making stuffed animals for the little ones in my life is so much fun and probably at the very top of the list of things I just love to crochet! This is why I want to provide free patterns. No matter your income, you should be able to do something fun and make cute and cozy things for yourself and others!
I am very happy to be able to share my love for crochet and (most recently) design! Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see. I’m more than willing to give it a go! I’m always looking for new projects…even when I have 5 or more currently in the works.