When I think of my Grandma Fanny, I think of 3 things: homemade salsa, fresh-baked bread and crochet. As soon as you walk into her house, you see her amazing crochet work. From the pillows on her couch, to the placemats on the table, her talent is everywhere. My great-grandmother, her mom, also crocheted. I was surprised to recently discover that my grandma actually taught her mom the craft. I had always thought is was the other way around.
When I was a little girl, we would go visit my grandparents at least once a month. They live in northern Arizona, surrounded by squirrels and pine trees. In the winter, we would play in the snow. In the summer, we would be outside all day, riding the quads, enjoying the beautiful weather. It was inevitable, that sooner or later, I would ask my grandma to teach me how to crochet. I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I remember her teaching me the basic chain first. Hook in hand, I sat there and made a huge chain, so proud of myself. Time went on, she taught me more basic stitches, and how to make her famous slippers. I was definitley still learning, and remember having to make 3 or 4 slippers just to get 2 that were the same size.
As a ‘cool’ teenager, my interest in crochet faded. However, years later, when my aunt started to knit, yarn came back in my life. My aunt was making scarfs and it looked so fun! Her projects had such amazing texture. I figured with my previous knowledge of crochet, I could pick knitting right up. I made a couple of scarfs, a baby blanket and several hats. But it was taking forever to complete a simple project. And if I messed up? Forget it. I would basically have to start over completely. Knitting was just not as fun for me as crochet. It didn’t come as easy to me.
With two small kids at home, it was nice to have a little hobby though. And I really enjoyed working with my hands. Taking a skein of yarn and creating something beautiful out of it. So I headed to my trusty craft store and found a book that was geared towards tweens on how to learn crochet. I remembered bits and pieces my grandma had taught me, but I definitely needed a refresher course. It all came back to me like no time had passed. I began making hats for friends. Blankets for baby shower gifts, and loved every minute of it. I wanted to buy every pattern and learn every stitch. Friends and family loved their gifts and were amazed with the quality. They suggested I open my own shop on Etsy.
With my name being Autumn, whenever I needed a user name for anything on the web, I would use Season Girl. When you crochet, your work involves lots of stitches, and that is how Season Girl Stitches was born. My favorite flower has always been a sunflower so it was a natural choice for my logo. Season Girl Stitches has been in business on Etsy now for 7 years and has had over 300 sales. But the best part, my favorite thing, is when I get to take my boys to see my grandma, and show her all the fun hats and projects I am working on. She still crochets every night. You can find several of her blankets, ready to ship, in my Etsy shop. I will be forever thankful that she passed her talent on to me. <3