Crafting Against the Current: Maike's Story

Welcome, dear readers, to an extraordinary tale that unfolds in the famed city of Hameln. Yes, the very place renowned for its mysterious Piper. However, today's narrative stars not the Piper but a remarkable lady named Svala Maike Thorisdottìr – or simply Maike to friends and fellow crochet enthusiasts. At 50, Maike's life is a vibrant tapestry of creativity, resilience, and, of course, yarn. Lots and lots of yarn.

Meet Maike

Left-Handed Crochet Warrior

Life, in its unpredictability, introduced challenges in the form of Fibromyalgia and Depression, steering Maike away from her professional path. Yet, it was during this period that she rediscovered her love for crochet, a skill initially taught by her Granny and honed through self-teaching, internet tutorials, and books. 

Being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed craft world added an extra challenge, but Maike approached it with the same tenacity and courage that marked her exploration of other crafts.

She's the kind of person who’s tried her hand at, well, pretty much everything. Silk painting, FIMO, sewing, Viking knitting (because why not?), and a bunch more. But among the myriad of crafts she's dabbled in, crochet holds a special place. It became a lifeline, a means of expression and therapy that allowed her to weave together not just yarn, but her own narrative of resilience and perseverance.

Crochetree: Love at First Ad

"In 2021, I think, I saw an advertising from Crochetree on Facebook, and instantly fell in love with these beautiful dolls!”. The dolls, with their intricate details and the promise of endless possibilities, were not just projects but companions on her journey of self-discovery and healing. They became the canvas for Maike to pour her creativity into.

The Best Bit? The People

But here’s the kicker, the Crochetree community turned out to be the cherry on top of Maike’s crochet sundae. 
No bad vibes, just a bunch of yarn lovers helping each other out, proving the internet can be a nice place after all. “This group you created with your passion and fantasy is the best group I've ever experienced!”

In Conclusion

In wrapping up our tale, Maike extends a heartfelt message of encouragement and guidance to crocheters at every stage of their journey: "So the advise I would love to give Newbies and all others: Never shy away from asking any question you have! And never let anybody tell you, that your dolls aren’t beautiful or you didn’t good enough! Your dolls, and anything else you do, is unique, no one can do it like you! So keep on trying, learning, crocheting!"

Let Maike's tale inspire you to pick up that hook and yarn, to create, to share, and to be part of a community that uplifts and inspires. After all, in the grand tapestry of life, every stitch counts.

Happy crocheting, everyone!

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