Hi! I’m Cassondra. For as long as I can remember I have been crocheting. Both of my grandma’s taught me the basics before I even entered kindergarten. I remember making wavy, uneven pieces of fabric and calling them doll blankets and Barbie dresses. From middle school on I spent most afternoons with my Grandma Nelly, a strong Dutch woman who immigrated to Detroit in her early 20’s. She patiently helped me hone my abilities, giving me her hooks and yarn to start my first stash. To this day I continue using her tools and they serve as a reminder of her legacy and passion passed on through me.
Though I embraced crochet early on, it was in my late teens/early 20’s that I began to make it my own. I started freeform crochet, creating monsters, bags, and accessories completely pattern-free. From then on, I was hooked. My first commissioned item was my ridiculously long, scarlet colored, nubby scarf. We called it the “artist scarf” because it exuded a creative style unlike anything you could find in a store. It served as a statement piece for the wearer. And I loved the feeling of creating something that somebody else could cherish and use. So I kept doing it. No two commissions have been the same in the history of my craft. And that is part of what I love about crochet. Even when I use a pattern now, I always make changes to make it my own.
I am a life-long crocheter. I know how to sew, knit, cross-stitch, paint, macramé, and sculpt. I went to school for Fine Art. But no matter what mediums I dabble in, crochet is my one constant. I will always be primarily a crocheter.
In addition to my passion for my craft, I am a mother of two little girls. Viviana (2010) and Juniper (2013). I have been married to my best friend Brian since 2007. We are native Michiganders, and it is in our own community of Ferndale (a fabulous suburb of Detroit) that I plan to open my shop.