My name is Joy Grise, which explains the name of my business. I am an award winning crochet designer and my work has been published in Love of Crochet magazine. Here you will find my independent ...
My name is Joy Grise, which explains the name of my business. I am an award winning crochet designer and my work has been published in Love of Crochet magazine. Here you will find my independent designs.
I first picked up a hook when I was 11 and a mentor of mine wanted to learn to crochet, so she took me with her to her crochet class. It did not capture my 11-year-old imagination, and I left my hook. I picked the hook up again when I was 18 and I needed something constructive to pour my stress into. I only knew the granny square. I completed two granny-square baby blankets in one weekend. And that was how it started.
I now was making baby blankets for all of my friends' babies (and in my world that is a surprisingly large number of babies). I soon got tired of the granny square and began looking at other crochet stitches and teaching myself to read patterns. The more I looked at crochet patterns the more I realized that there were too many I did not like. Why couldn't crochet be trendy and fun? And that is how I started designing.
One of my oldest friends was browsing Pinterest with her 5 year old daughter, who is obsessed with owls, and saw an amigurumi owl that she loved. My friend Facebooked me asking me if I could make something similar and this was the pattern that was born.
I call it the Ultimate Upcycled Owl because it can be made with leftover yarn from your stash, scrap fabric, a little yellow felt and leftover buttons, you can even use mismatching buttons which is always adorable.