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  • Our hands, they are so delicate. They can make anything you put your mind to.

    When I was twelve years old I began to teach myself how to crochet hats. With a hook in one hand and a ball of yarn in the other, I made a masterpiece. Stitch after stitch, row after row, a colorful hat was formed. Every stitch, stitched by hand.

    Having taught myself how to crochet, my skills weren’t always up to par. Over the years I began to refine my crocheting skills after joining an online crochet group that consisted mainly of young skiers just like me. There, forums and videos were posted on just about every topic you could think of that consisted of crocheting. Before I knew it, friends and family were lining up for their custom hats by me!

    It wasn’t until high school that my business began to take off. I had been interested in moving forward with my passion so I reached out to a local board shop and asked if they would sell my hats, of course they would get a fraction of the sales. They immediately agreed to my custom hats with every stitch hand crocheted.

    As college rolled around, I forgot about my passion with the distractions of school and maintaining a social life. As I was walking to class one cold, snowy day here in Boulder, someone stopped me and said, “I love your hat! Where did you get it?” It took me a split second to realize that the hat was one of my own. After I told the girl that I made it, she was in disbelief that my hands could make something so wonderful and unique. I felt honored to see my hours of patience, perfectionism, and hard work be so thoroughly enjoyed by a stranger.

    I have continued to make hats here and there throughout college for those that have asked and I am even selling some at a board shop in Frisco. It fills my heart with joy to see someone on campus or snowboarding wearing a Nogin hat. My hard work and entrepreneurial passion has paid off and you could say that I am hooked for life! I will always carry with me my unique passion and desire to crochet and hope someday it evolves into something even more exciting.
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