I love to crochet and one of the reasons why is because it not only makes me happy, it makes other people happy too. I have individuals from all over the world who enjoy my work. Some people request items that they may want for themselves or as gifts for others (like last year when I made over 100 Jonah Cowls during the holidays). Other people request items that are sentimental to them, like doilies that remind them of their grandma. Some folks simply like my designs and would like to create the items themselves. I’m very appreciative of all the requests. I don’t like to disappoint people so it’s very hard for me to turn down the requests from my followers. But, I’ve learned that for right now at least it’s best that folks simply enjoy my work from afar by watching my videos and viewing pictures I post of my crochet creations.
First, I only have two hands. In 3 months time, I had over 4,500 requests until my mom stopped counting. Since then, I’ve had several thousand more requests across all of the social media channels that reach people worldwide. It’s very overwhelming to me. I’m glad my mom helps me with responding.
Second, when I make the same item multiple times (like the Jonah Cowl), it takes the fun out of it for me. I crochet to relax and I never want it to turn into “work”. I have a lot of fun making original pieces that I really don’t plan to make again.
Lastly, I have several other interests that occupy my time. I love to spend time with my family. Academics are very important in our household so I have high expectations there (good thing I’m advanced in math!). I love to read and it’s one of the reasons why I’m raising money to build libraries in Ethiopia where I was born. And my brother loves it when I play baseball, basketball and football with him. I like to run cross country and also am involved in track. We also have religion classes each week that require my time and attention. And I really love to play with my two dogs, Bella and Charlie. I’m very busy and that’s the way I like it. My mind is busy and that’s why creating items with yarn is so relaxing for me.
Those are some of the reasons why I don’t sell my items. But I do have goals for the future. I want to learn how to write patterns so people can have access to my work. Right now my patterns are in my head. And when I write my next book it will be a pattern book so I can share my favorites with you all. Another way to support me is to spread the message that crochet brings the world together. You can do this by wearing my tees, sharing my book, carrying my totes, or putting my pins and patches on your jacket! These are all good ways to keep others interested in crochet. Thank you for supporting me and encouraging me along my journey. It’s all of you that keep me wanting to create new, beautiful items. Crochet Away friends!
Update: As of January 2021, Jonah has started selling some of his handmade items as time allows. He still does not take custom orders.
We adopted 2 children from Russia! We try to give back to all children in need. LOVE the sweatshirt in red which is sold out and would LOVE LOVE TO HAVE the sweater your wore on GMA!!! Such talent and a heart to match! Keep spreading love!
I was watching some news channels on youtube and came across KARE11 where I found your story. It is so inspirational. I do crocheting once in a while and would love to follow your videos to do a few projects myself. I will order your book too. Blessings!
I understand, the way you feel.
I also don’t like repeating the same project over and over,
that takes all the fun out of it
Like you said
I think that you Jonah and your family are so inspiring. I’ve never seen a child as young as you turn out crochet the way you do. The way you “teach” in your videos is so awesome because you are patient and show up close what you are doing in a steady clear video (thanks mom lol) that it makes learning very interesting. I wanted to know, if a person learns to make something from your videos, a hat, a tote, a blanket etc, do you have an “Angel Policy” on your videos or upcoming Patterns.
Thank you so much, and I am a 71 year old Fan!!! lol
God Bless you and your family
Hi Jonah! I was looking for an activity where I could spend time with my boys and found your website! We bought yarn, crochet hooks, and here were are crocheting hats now! Thanks for all your inspiration and for all you do for the children in Ethiopia. I ordered your book – its going to be my Christmas present for my boys ;) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!