My name is Lisa Soutendijk(Sow-ten-dike), founder of," I crochet, therefore I am." I was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1966. I have 2 brothers, a half sister who is my best friend, 2 step-sisters and 3 step-brothers. Every summer my brothers, 3 cousins and I went to Tomahawk, WI and stayed with our Grandparents. That is where my love for crochet began.
I started designing my own Barbie clothes when I was 8, after I learned as many stitches as I could. I remember Grandma making me make a chain until all my stitches were even, now I know why. As you can see by my work, I take great care in crocheting unified stitches. When I got over the Barbie phase, I wanted to make afghans, I finished my first rippled afghan when I was 8 on an airplane to California to visit my Dad. I continued making afghans throughout High School. I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 on delayed entry and went to Basic in August to Fort Jackson, SC. I think during the 5 years I was enlisted I only made a couple afghans 1 was for my first born son, I still have it today.
I find crocheting very relaxing and it's a great way to pass time waiting in Dr's. offices, traveling, etc. I can be seen armed with hook and yarn about everywhere I go. I have made hundreds of afghans for gifts over my lifetime, I really got started with designing other things in the mid 1990's after I had all my children and we didn't need another afghan in the house! I believe my daughter (my only girl)would be the reason, ever since she was born I have been designing unique items for her.
I am also a muralist, and love to paint anything and everything. So it was only until about 2002 that I started devoting more time to my craft and taking it more seriously. I came to the realization that I have designed hundreds of unique items over the past 3 decades and thought about writing a book of crochet, I have taken baby steps; but it is slowly becoming a reality. I am very happily married to a wonderful loving man, my children are a joy and I wouldn't trade the road I have traveled for anything in the world. Godspeed Lisa Soutendijk