Hello! I would like to say thank you for stopping by my blog and wanting to learn more about me. Welcome to Hello Yellow Yarn! I’m MJ (short for Mary Jo). I love to crochet and make stuff! I am a self-taught crocheter – I learned to crochet from the internet and reading crochet books. I live in Sydney, Australia with my loving and very supportive family – my husband, my 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son.
Having blogged in the past about food and dining in Sydney, I realised I wanted a new hobby. The internet is full of wonder, a place of inspiration and a haven for tutorials. After watching how to make an arm knitted infinity scarf from a tutorial online, I was intrigued and suddenly felt the need to purchase a basket full of yarn and make that scarf. So I did. I made four more and came to a realisation that I needed to learn how to knit.
There are just so many tutorials online from thousands upon thousands of talented people. I eventually learned the basics of knitting and admired this newfound skill I gained. The first knitted item I made was a rainbow scarf with pink pom poms for my daughter.
I couldn’t just stop at knitting. I learned to crochet. After knitting a beanie for my daughter, I realised it was missing something. It was too plain. My daughter saw a picture of a crocheted flower on a beanie and wanted hers to look like that. Problem was, I had no idea how to crochet. Well I did. Sort of. I knew how to chain but that was it. So once again I explored the internet for tutorials and learned to crochet a rose.
After that, I crocheted a scarf then I learned the wonderful art of amigurumi. I started to make small play food toys for my kids. They loved it so much, I couldn’t stop crocheting toys. There was a sudden burst of energy for crocheting, I was, excuse the pun, hooked on crochet! I never knew I had the talent for crochet and I was suddenly in love with my new hobby.
From small little play food to amigurumi animals and now designing patterns that I get to share with you all. It’s amazing this skill that I’ve learned, but I know there’s still so much more to explore.
After having worked in the finance and legal industry for 15 years, I am now a proud full-time mum and working on something I am so passionate about. I get to create cute little things everyday! I share my patterns here on my blog, Etsy and Craftsy. It makes me very happy to see that my little creations make other people happy!
Besides crocheting, I also find therapy in colouring in books and being thrilled in suspense over a really good mystery novel. Also being a busy mum to 2 kids!
I hope you enjoy the patterns and tutorials here and once again, thank you for stopping by!