Hi! My name's Claire, and I started crocheting when I was about seven or eight years old :)
I took a long break in my twenties and thirties, did a little bit of crochet once my son was born, then stopped again for over a decade.
One day last year, crochet called me back into its comforting fold, and now I'm addicted again!
I'm from the UK, living in Bulgaria with my hubbie, our 18 year old son, and a huge ton of *stash* LOL :)
It's sometimes a challenge finding the yarns I need for patterns, but I've got good at substituting.
I also love browsing eBay for patterns, and even download the odd crochet book from Amazon onto my Kindle, reading it on my iPod in bed late at night, or loading it up onto my Kindle for PC during the day.
Well, I have two other hobbies in my life - one is researching my family tree.
And the other is real trees!
Yep, you'll often find me in the local parks and gardens walking around with my camera, taking photos of various trees, their leaves, the bark, the seeds, their flowers, branches in winter, etc etc.
It's the leaves that really fascinate me. Isn't that strange?
So they are the inspiration behind my site's name!
Crochet and trees really complement each other, amazingly enough!
There's a connection between the world of nature and the craft of crochet in my mind...
So many of the patterns and forms we see outside are reflected in stitches or shapes we create with our crochet hooks.