Hi! I’m Jayna Grassel, founder of JJCrochet.
I’m 34 years old and have been crocheting since I was 8. I grew up in Pittsburgh, but currently reside in Toronto (yes, Canada!). I’m a partially self-taught crocheter and knitter who began selling hats at craft shows when I was 14. (Thanks for believing in me, Mom and Dad.)
The JJ part of JJCrochet comes from my middle name, Janelle. My dad will sometimes call me JJ when he’s feeling sentimental. Since it rhymes (kinda?) with crochet, it seemed like a good fit.
Now that I’m out of university and have a real-girl job (see below), I don’t have much time to crochet like I used to. I do sell hat patterns on my Etsy shop, JJCrochet.Etsy.com.
I love dreaming up new patterns – both for crocheting and knitting.
At last count, I was 2 stitches away from becoming the world’s fastest crocheter (Lisa Gentry currently holds the record at 28 treble crochet stitches in one minute). One day, I’d like to break that record. I’ve even purchased a hand-gripper so I can practice.
I graduated from a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship… and an unofficial minor in crochet. During the day, I work at Bounteous in website strategy and digital consulting, doing search engine optimization and digital marketing. (Translation: Web stuff on Google).
I’m blessed to have one father, one mother, one brother, one sister, one boyfriend and too many friends to count.
Thanks for stopping by and poking around my blog. Feel free to e-mail me with suggestions, questions, inquiries, or fun facts you’d like to share. I love meeting new people and I’d love to meet YOU.
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