My name is Desi, and I am a 30 year old wife and mom to two beautiful step-daughters, ages 11 and 19. I am a Navy veteran; I spent 8 years in the nuclear power program as an Electrician, and got out after my second contract was up as an EMC. I met my wonderful husband while in the Navy, while stationed on the USS George Washington (CVN73) out of Yokosuka, Japan. It was immense hatred at first sight. And then, he saved me from the worst date imaginable, with minimal laughter, and we have been as one ever since.
My gramma taught me to crochet when I was 10, and I was terrible at it. My stitches were entirely too tight! I could never work my way back into it! I gave up entirely on the entire institution of crochet for a few years, and then one day I got bored. I found a project that I had started, and I just went back to it. I had totally forgotten that you are supposed to go through both loops, but I was making it work. I taught myself a double-crochet, completely by accident, and I had no idea it had a name, I just couldn’t remember how to do the other one, and it looked pretty, so it got to stick around. And I made it work, for years. I started approximately 30 afghans, all entirely too big, and never with enough yarn. But, it was something to do, and it kept me company while I was all alone and stationed in Charleston, SC. This has resulted in me having so many projects that need to come apart and become something else. Not an enjoyable task.
While I was stationed in Japan, I went through the unfortunate and devastating earthquake and tsunami. I was not in the country at the time, I was actually in Las Vegas, where I am from, waiting in the hospital while my very best friend gave birth to her first child. Because of how bad the situation was back home, I was now stuck in America, with more money, time, and boredom than originally planned. I picked up lots, and lots of Red Heart Pomp-A-Doodle yarn and started to make scarves. I do believe that if you were a woman and I knew you, you received a scarf in 2011 from me for Christmas. I brought tons of the excess yarn back to Japan, and it just expanded from there.
Upon returning to America in 2013, I decided that I absolutely needed a hobby, or else I would spend all of my money on completely pointless things. So, I started taking apart crochet projects. But there was no part of me that wanted to make blankets. So, I sat down, and I spent hours and hours looking up crocheting websites and blogs, until I realized that I knew how to do so much more than I ever realized; I just hadn’t known any of it had a name.
The rest is just that, history. I have spent a collective 600 hours, though my better half will argue that it has been far more than that, reading websites, patterns, blogs, magazine articles, and anything else I can get my hands on. And while I am far from knowing everything or even being an expert, it is neat to realize that I know something! And it is exciting to watch things form in front of me.