Greetings! I'm Tamara aka Crafty Escapism. I'm a crochet teacher, blogger, podcaster and vlogger. I'm originally from Bristol in the UK and moved to Houston, TX back in 2012 with my family when my husband was offered a transfer to the US with his work.
After settling our two children into elementary school and starting freelancing as a market researcher (this was my previous job back in the UK) I decided to improve my crochet skills by taking the Craft Yarn Council's Crochet Certificate.
I've crocheted and knitted regularly since I was 8 or 9 years old. I can remember both of my grandmothers teaching me knitting. I taught myself crochet using the Ladybird book Learnabout Crochet (which I still have on my shelf) after receiving a rather wonderful set of grey metal hooks in a burgundy leather case from my younger brother (well obviously my mum bought them and said they were from my brother).
One of the requirements for the completion of the certificate was 15 hours of teaching which I found out that I rather enjoyed and so my crochet career began. I starting teaching crochet in my local yarn store Nimblefingers in August 2014 and I LOVE it! I also run a charity crochet group called Yak and Yarn which is a lot of fun too.
And as for the blog, I've been writing it off and on since 2011. It's not monetized I just write because I enjoy it. I share tips, reviews and other yarn-related articles. I hope you find it enjoyable. Please feel free to connect with me (Crafty Escapism) via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Ravelry. I love chatting about all things crochet!