Hello, I’m Bernadette and welcome to my blog!
First, a little about me. I am a Christian, wife, mother, oldest of 5 daughters, animal-loving, office manager from the Chicagoland area. I have a pretty full schedule with work, mothering, housekeeping and extracurriculars but try my best to make time for doing the things that I love like running, baking, and crafting. I am excited to venture forth with my latest adventure into the world of blogging!
Here you will find a lot on crocheting as well as some things on other crafty ideas and tidbits I have to share. I will be posting regularly, so I hope you’ll check back regularly for new ideas, patterns and tips. Stay up to date with my blog posts by following me on Instagram and Facebook.
My primary focus will be on sharing beautiful modern crochet patterns that I have either made based on other’s patterns or written myself. You will find a lot of step-by-step pictures, as I am a visual learner myself and know how important pictures and videos can be.
As you have probably noticed by now, the name of my blog is “A Purpose and A Stitch”. I chose this name very deliberately after weeks of debating.
When I first felt drawn to the idea of starting a blog all I knew for sure was that I wanted it to focus on my love of crocheting. After much consideration, prayer and talking it over with my husband I really felt that I wanted to do more with it then just share patterns with others who share my passion.
I am a huge believer in utilizing our God given gifts to better the world we live in. So I decided that the something “more” I was looking for was to use my gifts of writing and my crafty imagination to hopefully help those in need. I will be donating a portion of all proceeds made through this blog to charitable organizations whose aim is to help the enslaved, poor and needy. If you would like to find out more about the organizations I donate to, visit my Contact page here and send me a message. I would love to share the names of these organizations and ways you can get involved if you feel so lead.
So now that I’ve explained my purpose, what is the “stitch”?
I have always been a crafty person and took up the art of crocheting in high school. However, it wasn’t until a back injury in 2012 that I fell in love with Crocheting. Before I injured my back, running and baking (and of course eating those baked goods) were my go-to stress relievers. However, if you’re athletic at all, you will know how important a good core and back are to moving around. While I was recovering from my injury, I started to crochet some more. Around this same time my sister-in-law gave me a book with some amigurumi patterns that she no longer wanted. I decided to try a pattern and was hooked (no pun intended)! There is something so rewarding and relaxing about having nothing but a skein of yarn and a hook and turning that into an adorable little stuffed animal or a beautiful scarf, sweater or hat.
From that point on chrocheting became my go-to for stress release and relaxation. I still love the occasional run or baked good, but crocheting is my passion.
I hope that I can effectively relay that passion to you and inspire you to use your gifts for good too!